by Cat, June 2008 (photo, right, from Wikimedia Commons)
Other sites: 1. Emily Skinner Bean Recipes (2); 2. The Vegan Gourmet on dried beans & peas (great reference! (3))
Most of my recipes for black-eyed peas are skillet recipes, but this one is a casserole, similar to pork and beans.
Black-Eyed Peas with Ginger
This recipe is adapted from southernfood.about.com (1). Raw honey is not required in this recipe because the honey is cooked. However, I highly recommend using local honey.
This is not a vegetarian recipe, but could be adapted by using veggie broth and omitting the pork. Adding a little Tamari sauce or Bragg’s Aminos would enhance the flavor, in the absence of pork.
Most commercial bacon is smoked and heavily salted. I don’t like a lot of smoky flavor in this dish, as it overwhelms the other flavors. Much of the smoky flavor, as well as the salt, can be removed, by blanching:
Ingredients & Equipment:
Soak and Cook the Beans
- 1 cup dried black-eyed peas
- warm filtered water
- 1 Tbsp lemon juice per quart water
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 3 slices bacon, blanched (see above)
- ½ tsp dry mustard
- ¼ tsp Unrefined sea salt, or to taste
- freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 2 Tbsp preserved ginger, chopped
- ¾ cup honey or blackstrap molasses
- large bowl (for soaking)
- 3-quart saucier or Dutch oven
- cast iron skillet
- 1.5 or 2-quart casserole dish, with lid
Soak and Cook the Beans
- Cover beans with warm water. Stir in lemon juice and leave in a warm place overnight (24 hours). Check after a few hours and add more water as necessary.
- Drain beans, rinse and put in saucier along with fresh water to cover by 2 inches. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer; skim.
- Simmer gently until beans are tender, 1 – 2 hours. Keep beans covered with water.
- Preheat oven to 3250 F.
- Cut blanched bacon into 1″ pieces; chop onion. Saute onion and bacon in cast iron skillet over medium heat, until onion is golden and bacon is crisp. Drain off fat and stir onion/bacon into beans.
- Add seasonings and stir to combine.
- Turn into baking dish; drizzle with the honey. Cover and bake 1 hour. Remove cover and bake another 30 minutes to brown the top.
Assembly or Serving ideas
- Serve with steamed brown rice, bulgur, or corn bread.
- southern food.about.com recipe (southernfood.about.com/od/blackeyedpeas/r/bln117.htm
- Emily Skinner Bean Recipes (emilyskinner.com/food/beans.html
- The Vegan Gourmet on dried beans & peas (great reference! chezbettay.com/pages/basics1/basics_beans1.html)