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new year's day black-eyed pea soup

Ingredients For new year's day black-eyed pea soup

  • 2 c
    black-eyed peas
  • 2 qt
  • 1
    ham bone with trimmings
  • 3
    onion, chopped
  • 2
    bay leaf
  • 1.5 tsp
  • 1 tsp

How To Make new year's day black-eyed pea soup

  • 1
    Wash the beans well in cold water several times, then place in a large, heavy stew pot and cover with water.
  • 2
    Allow to soak overnight.
  • 3
    The next morning (start early ~ beans like to take their time), pour off the soaking water, and ham bone, 8 cups of water, onion and seasonings.
  • 4
    Put on the back of the stove and let simmer gently until beans are very tender, usually about 4 hours.
  • 5
    Add more water if needed.
  • 6
    Remove and discard ham bone.
  • 7
    If the water looks a bit scant pour in 1-2 cups more.
  • 8
    When beans are good and tender remove about a cupful of the beans and mash well with some of the bean liquid. (This can be done in a blender, of course).
  • 9
    Return mashed beans to pot, taste for seasoning, and serve steaming hot over freshly cooked white rice.

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