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Black Eyed Peas

Black Eyed Peas Course: Soup Cuisine: American Prep Time: 30 minutes Cook Time: 2 hours 30 minutes Total Time: 3 hours Servings: 12 Calories: 299 kcal Print Ingredients 1 lb dried black-eyed peas sorted 8 cups water 4 cups water 1 tbsp plus 1 tsp salt divided 3 cloves garlic large, halved 2 bay leaves place in cheesecloth and tie 2 carrots peeled and large diced 2 onions medium, large diced 2 ribs celery diced 1/2 cup bacon drippings or lard 2 smoked ham hocks or meaty ham bone 1/2 tsp black pepper finely ground Instructions Day before serving, place dry beans on counter and sort to remove any stones. In a large Dutch oven or stock pot, cover the black-eyed peas with 8 cups of water and one tablespoon of the salt. Let beans soak overnight. Drain beans and place back in stock pot with 4 cups fresh water. Set aside. In a separate pan, sauté the onions, carrots and celery on medium low in bacon grease for about 15 minutes [...]