New Year's Day Black Eyed Peas

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Dinner, Main Course American
By Adapted from Julia Sullivan, Epicurious Serves: 4-8
Prep Time: 15 Minutes Cooking Time: 45-55 Minutes Total Time: About 1 Hour, 10 Minutes

Easy, one-pot recipe for Black Eyed Peas with Bacon and Thyme will bring prosperity in the new year.


  • 2 tbsp. Olive Oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 4 -6 oz Slab Bacon, cut into 1/2-1" pieces (optional)
  • 1 medium Onion, finely chopped
  • 5 Sprigs Thyme, plus leaves for serving
  • 4 Garlic Cloves, smashed and chopped
  • 2 cups Black Eyed Peas, soaked overnight, drained
  • Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper



Heat olive oil in a large dutch oven or pot over medium heat.


Add bacon, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the bacon starts to look shiny and gets some color, about 5 minutes.


Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden and tender, about 5 minutes.


Add thyme sprigs, garlic, black-eyed peas, and 8 cups cold water and bring to a simmer over medium-high.


Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer gently, skimming any foam from surface, until beans are tender, 35–45 minutes.


Discard thyme; season with salt.


To serve, drizzle beans with oil and top with thyme leaves and cracked pepper.