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How to make black eyed peas in the crockpot

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It’s time to get those black eyed peas soaking to give you luck in 2014. Paula Deen’s recipes for black eye peas and collard greens are amongst the most popular on the Internet. Looking for a twist on the Southern classic? Parade magazine gave five black eye pea recipes on Dec. 30.

However, you don’t really need a recipe. This is a healthy and hearty dish you can simply throw in your crockpot and forget about while you go about your day. If you’re using dried beans, start by soaking them in water for at least four hours.

Drain the water off the beans, rinse them with fresh water and then put them in the crockpot. Throw in a diced onion and a couple of cloves of garlic. Add a ham bone or turkey leg if you’d like a meaty flavor. Vegetarian style is also delicious!

Fill the pot with chicken broth, vegetable broth or water. Season with any other spices you like – such as salt, pepper, oregano or red pepper flakes.

Cook on low overnight or all day. Serve with collard greens and corn bread. Black eyed peas are supposed to bring good luck in the new year.

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