Photo: Charles Walton; Styling: Cindy Manning Barr
4 servings

Black eyed peas are easily considered a Southern staple. These beans are cream colored with black splotches at the center. While they aren't technically peas, they are part of the bean family, and make an easy, hearty side dish for many great main dishes. This four-ingredient side dish lets the peas simmer and meld flavors with kielbasa, a chopped onion, and bullion cubes for a richly flavorful side dish that you can let simmer while they main dish cooks. This make ahead side can be added to any meals throughout the week. We promise the entire family will love these just as much as we do. 

How to Make It

Step 1

Bring first 4 ingredients and, if desired, sausage to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat; simmer 40 minutes or until tender. Serve with Sweet Onion Relish.

Step 2

*1 (16-ounce) package frozen black-eyed peas may be substituted. Reduce cooking time to 30 minutes or until tender.

Chef's Notes

For a twist on this traditional recipe, add kale, corn, or collard greens, or okra. You could stuff a sweet potato with this hearty mixture. You could also add pulled pork. Black-eyed peas also make for a deliciously creamy hummus dip, casserole, fritter, jambalya, stew, salsa or rice dish addition. 

Ratings & Reviews

elbrant's Review

December 31, 2012
I have to agree with Kristy1101, but I think the issue is the process of dumping it all together and boiling it. Really? Who would want to eat that? Yuck! If that's how you're going to cook, just buy canned. Now. if the recipe instructed us to: saute the onions and Kielbasa in 2 T butter, season with crumbled bouillon cubes, and cook until the sausage is browned. Then add the the beans and cover with 3 cups of water. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer with the lid askew (allowing steam to escape). Check the peas after 1 hour and every 30 minutes afterwards or until the peas are soft. Add additional water, if needed, This process will allow the flavors to blend and mature and the Black Eyed Peas will be amazing. You decide. Yuck peas or awesome peas?

Ckohls's Review

January 01, 2013

KathyMattingly's Review

January 09, 2012
Family loved this... first black eyed pea recipe that they have ever liked. Thanks! Will be a traditional New Years Day dish.

Easy2SaveBlog's Review

December 28, 2011
This sounds good with the onion and kielbasa.

tksinclair's Review

January 01, 2011

Kristy1101's Review

December 31, 2010
I love the fact that you include "starter recipes" for people like my daughter, who is now really learning to cook by herself. Young, just-out-of-school kids can really benefit from having these types of recipes. However, this one left out the most important thing -- TASTE/FLAVOR!? Why no mention of onions, garlic, etc.? This recipe, if made as stated, would be totally without taste.