Black Eyed Pea also known as cowpea is grown in America and is used for preparing famous authentic dishes. These are of beige color and comprises of a black eye as the name suggests. One can buy it canned, dried and fresh as per their requirements and for the purpose it is being used for. Popularly found in South America these protein and potassium rich fiber-filled peas flavored with spices add uniqueness to the meal served. These are neutral in taste and can be easily enhanced with seasoning. These are flavored and seasoned with crisp crumbled bacon, chopped onions, green bell peppers, black pepper and chili powder. To add special flavor to the dish you can also cook it with pork’s fat and ham hocks.
In fact there are many recipes that can be made using Black Eyed Pea for various special occasions, celebrations and get together. More than the salty canned and frozen peas, dry ones are the best as it can be easily stored for long time period and can be cooked easily in the pressure cooker. But before cooking these peas, it should be soaked overnight in fresh water so as to make it tender enough to be squashed with fork.
After your peas are cooked and well seasoned with salt and spices, you can serve it with rice and ham as a complete meal and enjoy the flavor. Either the rice can be cooked separately for fifteen minutes before being added to the simmered beans or you can cook the rice in a different pan and then simmer and blend the peas and rice together for five minutes adding all sorts of spices and seasoning. You will surely take pleasure in having this dish as it will leave an authentic taste in your mouth. Oregano, thyme, cinnamon or cloves and red pepper flakes are some of the spices that are used for preparing these peas.
Black Eyed Pea And Its Varied Uses:
These are used for preparing various famous recipes especially in Mexico that has made it popular all over the world. In fact it is especially used for preparing the traditional dish of South America known as Hoppin’John. However it is eaten here on New Year Eve with a conception that it will bring good luck. It is also used in warm recipes, cold dishes and salads thus considered to be a big part of food served at various special occasions, get together, picnics and more. One can purchase these peas from local grocery shop or from the roadside stand at nominal price.