Smothered Black eye peas
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Serves: 8
  • 16oz or 1lb of black eyed peas or beans
  • A knob of butter or 1tbsp
  • 1 table spoon of olive oil
  • 2 stalks of celery, washed
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic
  • an inch of fresh ginger
  • Thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 large carrots
  • one medium sized onion
  • one finger of cayenne or chili pepper
  • rock salt to taste(any salt is fine)
  • Knorr seasonings(optional)
  • Paprika
  • Hot meat stock or hot water
  • smoked turkey or smoked chicken with skin
  • Beef sausages or Chorizo(2 small sizes)
  • scallions for garnishing
  1. wash and soak beans over night to soften
  2. Boil beans in copious amount of water then drain, wash and set aside
  3. wash and chop all your vegetables
  4. Cut your turkey into bite sized pieces(optional)
  5. Cut up your sausages
  1. in a heavy bottomed pot, melt your butter and pour in your oil.
  2. throw in your sausages and let it render for about 5 minutes
  3. add your turkey and cook for another 2-3minutes.
  4. pour in your garlic, ginger, bay leaves and thyme. Sauté until fragrant. Throw in all your vegetables(except the scallions) and sauté until soft. Pour in your beans and stir a little to coat all the peas with the oil and vegetables. Season with paprika; then pour in your water or meat stock. Check for seasonings and season if any need be. Bring Pot to a boil, take out the bay leaves; then cover and reduce heat. Top off with water or meat stock if needed. Let beans cook for about 2hours until really tender. Turn off the heat and let the pot rest. Garnish with some scallions and serve with rice or bread. Although, I am not a huge fan of bread, I prefer bread with this meal.
  5. Bon apetite!
Recipe by Nigerian Lazy Chef at