Black Eyed Peas



Serving size

1 cup
120 Minutes

This recipe can easily be multiplied or divided by 2. This recipe is better if made the night before and it keeps well for about 48 hours in the fridge.

Black Eyed Peas


3 quart Water
1 cup Dried blackeye peas (or 2 15-ounce cans no salt added black eyed peas; see instructions for modifications)
1 tsp. Olive oil
1 ounce Prosciutto (diced)
1 medium White onions (minced)
2 Medium stalk Celery, raw (diced)
6 cup Water
1/8 tsp. Salt
1/8 tsp., ground Black pepper


Rinse the peas well and place in a large pot. Cover with cold water and soak for at least an hour (overnight if possible).

Drain the black eyes.

Place a large sauce pan over medium heat.

Add the oil and lean ham.

Cook until the ham is browned well.

Add the onion and celery and cook for about 5 minutes stirring frequently.

** If you are using canned beans, add them with the liquid from the can along with 1 1/2 cups of water.

Add the black eyed peas, water, salt and pepper.

Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for about two hours until the beans are tender.

You may need more water during cooking.

** If you are using canned beans the cooking process will take an hour at the most.

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GERD / Acid Reflux

This recipe contains GERD triggers and those with GERD may wish to avoid it.


This recipe is safe for those who are lactose intolerant.

Coumadin® (Warfarin)

This recipe is safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

Gluten Sensitivity

This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten. Check for cross-contamination or unspecified natural flavors in sliced ham.


This is a low sodium recipe.

Recipe Notes

You wouldn’t think that black eyed peas are all that good for you but they are. The cheap, lowly black eye is a member of the legume family and chock full of everything good for you. A great ingredient as a side dish with your Oven Fried Chicken or used in a salad.

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