While traditional stovetop methods require constant monitoring, using a Crock-Pot or slow cooker simplifies the cooking process and infuses the black-eyed peas with rich flavors. In this article, I will provide you with a simple and flavorful recipe on how to cook black-eyed peas in a Crock-Pot. This slow and steady method ensures tender and perfectly cooked black-eyed peas that are bursting with taste.

1. How To Cook Black-Eyed Peas in a Crock-Pot

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dried black-eyed peas
  • 6 slices Bacon, cooked and sliced
  • 1 cup Ham
  • 4 cups water or vegetable broth
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon salt (adjust to taste)
  • Optional: herbs, spices, or seasonings of your choice

Instructions

Rinse and Soak the Black-Eyed Peas

Begin by rinsing the dried black-eyed peas under cold water in a colander to remove any impurities.

Transfer the peas to a bowl or container and cover them with water. Allow them to soak for at least 4 hours or overnight. Soaking helps to reduce the cooking time and improves the texture of the peas.

Sauté the Aromatics

Heat a small skillet over medium heat and add a drizzle of oil. Next, add the diced onion and minced garlic to the skillet and sauté until the onion becomes translucent and the garlic becomes fragrant. This step helps to enhance the flavors of the dish.

Combine Ingredients in the Crock-Pot

Drain the soaked black-eyed peas and transfer them to the Crock-Pot. Next, add bacon, ham, sautéed onion and garlic to the pot. Then pour in 4 cups of water or vegetable broth, ensuring that the liquid covers the peas.

Add the bay leaf and any additional herbs, spices, or seasonings of your choice. Popular options include smoked paprika, cumin, thyme, or a pinch of red pepper flakes.

Cook on Low Heat

Set the Crock-Pot to the low heat setting and cover it with the lid. Allow the black-eyed peas to cook for approximately 6 to 8 hours. The slow cooking process allows the flavors to meld and the peas to become tender.

Season and Serve

After the cooking time is complete, carefully remove the bay leaf from the Crock-Pot. Taste the black-eyed peas and adjust the seasoning, adding salt if needed.

Serve the flavorful black-eyed peas as a side dish or incorporate them into soups, stews, salads, or other recipes.

Cooking black-eyed peas in a Crock-Pot offers a convenient and hands-off method that results in tender and flavorful legumes. By following the straightforward recipe outlined above, you can enjoy the versatility of black-eyed peas in various dishes, from traditional Southern recipes to hearty stews and salads.

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