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Fall and winter are coming and this is a dish that will warm you up on a cold day. If you simmer it long enough, it will take on a stew-like consistency. I serve it with a little chopped tomato and onion on top with skillet cornbread on the side. You can also use pintos, limas, ore northern beans in place of the black-eyes. I hope you like it!
- Rinse peas well and pick out dirt and stones (I do not soak mine).
- Add to a large stock pot.
- Fill with water up to a little over half full (you may need to add more water (hot) as you go).
- Add ham hocks, salt and pepper (be careful not to add too much salt because of the ham hocks).
- Bring to a rapid boil for about 20 minutes. stirring so the peas don't stick.
- Put on low and simmer 2 1/2 to 3 hours, stirring every so often.
- When done, you can serve it by itself or over rice.