Black-Eyed Peas or Hoppin John
1- 160z package dried black-eyed peas
10-12 cups water (divided)
1 ham steak
1 lg onion
1 bay leaf
The beans have to be soaked either over night or boiled and soaked for an hour.
Overnight - place beans in dutch oven and cover with water. The next morning drain and proceed with recipe.
1 hour soak - place beans in dutch oven and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Turn off and cover with lid. Let sit for one hour. Then drain and proceed with recipe.
Return peas to dutch oven and cover with water (about 5-6 cups). Cut up onion and ham and add to peas. Add bay leaf and 1 teaspoon of salt.
Bring to a boil and then simmer for an hour or until peas are tender.
The peas can be eaten this as a main or side dish.
Hoppin John is when you serve the peas over rice.
Cornbread accompanies this meal nicely.