If you happen to own one of those 3-in-1 appliances that have a browning function, the salt pork can be done right in the pot, eliminating a skillet to wash – every little bit helps when it comes to dishes. You can save even more time if you own a rice cooker, wherein the rice can also be cooked without supervision. Perfect accompaniments to this dish are southern-style corn bread (no sugar) or crusty bread, and if there’s time, a good salad.
3 ounces salt pork, rind removed and chopped
1 pound black-eyed peas, picked over and rinsed
8 cups water
1/4 cup dehydrated onion flakes, or 1 cup fresh, finely chopped
1/4 cup dehydrated red and green peppers, or 1/2 cup each fresh bell peppers, chopped
3 cloves garlic, finely minced
1/2 pound ham, diced
1/2 pound andouille sausage, or favorite spicy cured sausage, diced
1/2 - 1 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes, according to taste
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- Brown the salt pork until crisp; transfer it along with the rendered fat to the crock of a 4-6 quart slow cooker.
- Turn the slow cooker to high and let cook 2-3 hours or until the peas are almost tender.
- Mash some of the peas and add the remaining ingredients.
- Let the mixture cook an additional 2-4 hours on low. If the mixture is too thin, tilt the lid, turn to high, and let cook for an hour to evaporate some of the liquid.
- Serve over rice.
Amount Per Serving
Calories 234 Calories from Fat 111
Percent Total Calories From: Fat 47% Protein 19% Carb. 33%
Nutrient Amount per Serving
Total Fat 12 g
Saturated Fat 4 g
Cholesterol 25 mg
Sodium 948 mg
Total Carbohydrate 20 g
Dietary Fiber 4 g
Sugars 3 g
Protein 11 g
Vitamin A 2% Vitamin C 9% Calcium 0% Iron 6%