Black Eyed Peas

     New Years calls for black eyed peas.  It’s a traditional to eat these on New Year’s Day for good luck.  I started this batch with about 2 pounds of peas , some diced ham, 2 smoked ham hocks, a couple of Bay leaves, some diced onion, garlic powder,  salt and pepper.  Add enough water to cover.  I also threw in a split jalapeno.  This batch was cooked on the stove for a couple of hours until peas were soft.  I then shredded the hocks into the peas.  I put about a half cup of the cooked peas and pureed them in a blender with some of the juices.  The blended peas were stirred back into the peas to thicken the juices.

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      A skillet of cornbread was made to accompany the black eyed peas.  I like to split my slice of cornbread and add butter.  Then scoop the peas on top allowing the juice to absorb into it.

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