Black-eyed Peas and Ham Hocks

Black-eyed Peas and Ham Hocks


"This recipe is in response to 'cutelittlerocker's' request for anything Southern. It is my Mom's recipe, and she was from Arkansas. A portion of the peas may be mashed once cooked, then stirred together with the whole peas and shredded ham hock for a creamier consistency."


2 h servings 516 cals
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Original recipe yields 5 servings



  • Calories:
  • 516 kcal
  • 26%
  • Fat:
  • 18 g
  • 28%
  • Carbs:
  • 54.7g
  • 18%
  • Protein:
  • 35 g
  • 70%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 54 mg
  • 18%
  • Sodium:
  • 136 mg
  • 5%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Rinse dried peas thoroughly, sorting any tiny pebbles or other debris.
  2. In a large stockpot, bring 3 cups of water to a boil with black-eyed peas, ham hocks, salt, pepper, and bay leaf. Reduce to a simmer and cook, uncovered, 1 1/2 hours, or until peas and ham hocks are tender. If ham hocks require further cooking, simmer in water in a separate pot until meat is easily pulled from the bone.
  3. Cool ham hocks and remove all meat from the bone. Stir ham into the peas, adjust seasoning with salt and pepper as needed, and serve.
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  1. 37 Ratings


I have searched for the Perfect Black Eyed Pea recipe each year for New Year's Day. I am not a black eyed pea eater, but my husband is and, being Southern, we have to have this every New Year's ...

This recipe gave me a good jumping off point. I soaked the peas overnight for fear that they would be hard if I just boiled them out of the bag. I added 2 tsp of minced garlic, minced onion, a...

Needs more water and I cover my pot. I also added chopped onion, a little garlic and creole seasoning. I'm from Louisiana, so the proper way to finish this is by mashing some in the pot and ser...

Made this tonight. I read the reviews and made a few changes and saved them in a custom recipe file. This is what I added and the quantities: 8 cups water 1 pound dry black-eyed peas 1 1/2 pound...

This recipe was pretty good. I just fixed it in my Slow Cooker for 9 hours. I used more of the ham hock like 2 pounds and 2 pounds of smoked neck. I added much more pepper then the recipe asked ...

I made this in the slow cooker (7 hours on low). Turned out great.

Here are my suggestions: soak beans overnight in 2 tsp of baking soda (to remove gas from beans); cook ham hocks on high for 45 minutes using Chicken stock then add all ingredients; add onions ...

My southern husband wanted black-eyed peas on New Year's (I still don't get it, but I'm from Canada!) so I obliged him. I soaked the peas overnight, then drained and rinsed them. I diced up one ...

This need WAY more than 3 cups of water!! Try starting with 6 cups.