Hog Jowl and Black Eyed Peas

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 5 Ratings
Serves: 8
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Cooking Method: Stove Top


1/2 lb hog jowl, chopped
(may substitute bacon or ham if desired)
2 Tbsp bacon grease or oil
1 lb dry black eyed peas
1 onion, chopped
salt and pepper to taste

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Susan Feliciano Recipe
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Oak Ridge, TN (pop. 29,330)
Member Since Jan 2011
Susan's notes for this recipe:
Traditional New Years food in the South - I thought I would post my mother's and grandmother's recipe for this dish.
It's simple and plain. My mother liked to cook black eyed peas because they do not have to be soaked first.
Bacon or ham can be substituted for the hog jowl if you can't find it. But try the hog jowl if you can - it's very similar to bacon.
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Wash and sort black eyed peas, removing any hulls or stones. Drain well, set aside.
In a large dutch oven, cook hog jowl in the bacon grease over medium heat until browned and crispy. Add drained black eyed peas and enough water to cover.
Bring to a boil, lower heat, and simmer covered about 1 1/2 hours. Add water as necessary to keep peas covered, but not to make soup. This should be more of a thick stew consistency. Stir to prevent sticking on bottom. If it starts sticking, lower heat.
Uncover, stir in chopped onion, and continue to simmer about 30 minutes, stirring frequently, until onion is soft. Add salt and pepper to taste. You may not need much salt because hog jowl tends to be salty. But be sure to make it peppery.

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user Susan Feliciano frenchtutor - Dec 28, 2012
Corn muffins and turnip greens were the accompaniments to this New Years Day meal in my father's house when he was growing up in North Carolina.
user Joan Harrell AntiqueChick - Dec 28, 2012
Girl...this is the way we do it too!!! Awesome! Don't forget your collard greens cooked in hog jowl for wealth for the new year too!!! Hugs!
user cyndi curne travlindiva - Dec 28, 2012
That's how we roll! My mom was from MS and she used salt pork and added okra, but it was always black eyed peas on New years. I'm gonna see if I can find a jowl (being in Chicago). Thanks for posting and Happy New Year!!
user Melanie B MelBelle - Dec 28, 2012

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