New Year's Day Black-Eyed Peas

A side or main dish that's delicious any day!
Keyword side dish


  • crockpot


  • 1 lb. dry black-eyed peas
  • 6 oz. country ham
  • 3 cloves fresh garlic
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  • black pepper, to taste
  • 4-5 cups water


  • Rinse black-eyed peas with water, place into a crockpot and cover with water. Soak overnight.
  • The following morning, pour off the old water and replace with 4-5 cups fresh water. Turn crockpot to high.
  • Chop country ham into bitesize pieces. Add to crockpot.
  • Dice garlic and add to crockpot.
  • Add ground black pepper to taste to crockpot. There's no need to add salt, because the country ham is salty.
  • Wash the rosemary sprig and add it to crockpot.
  • Cover crockpot with lid and turn to high. Cook peas for 5-6 hours. Check for doneness. If peas are tender, turn the crockpot to warm until you're ready to serve your meal. Remove rosemary sprig before serving.
  • This dish makes a delicious side for fried chicken or pork loin, or it can be make as a meal on its own served with Thunder & Lightning (Green Tomato Relish) and a pan of hot cornbread.