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Hearty Black-Eyed Peas

Yield 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 (16-ounce) package dried black-eyed peas
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (1-pound) ham steak, cut into 1/2-inch cubes, or 1 ham hock
  • 4 whole jalapeño peppers (optional)

How to Make It

  1. Bring first 6 ingredients and, if desired, jalapeños to a boil in a Dutch oven; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 1 hour or until peas are tender.