Prep 25 mins
Cook 40 mins
This is a delicious and hearty winter meal. Serve in deep bowls with a big, green salad at table, and lots of crusty bread and everyone will be happy.
- 1 lb dried black-eyed peas, soaked overnight (keep 2 cups of the bean liquor left in pot after cooking)
- 1 bay leaf
- 8 ounces smoked ham, good-quality, cut into dice
- 1 medium onion, finely minced
- 2 garlic cloves, finely minced
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 green bell pepper, diced
- 1 cup tomato ketchup
- 1 (12 fluid ounce) can Pepsi
- 1⁄2 cup maple syrup
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons celery seeds
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1⁄2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- salt and pepper
- Rinse the black-eyed peas with cold running water and discard any stones or shriveled peas. Into a 6-quart Dutch oven, place the peas, bay leaf and enough water to cover, and heat to boiling over high heat. Reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for 30 to 40 minutes or until peas are almost tender. Drain peas, keeping 2 cups of the liquid. Discard bay leaf. (Can be done up to 2 days ahead to this point. Refrigerate until ready to proceed with recipe.).
- Saute onion in olive oil, over medium heat, until partially cooked and translucent, 5-6 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 350°F Empty peas into a 4-quart baking dish and add all remaining ingredients (including onions and reserved bean water). Stir to distribute ingredients evenly throughout casserole. Taste some of liquid and season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Bake for 40-50 minutes, or until hot and bubbly. The casserole will be quite 'wet' and should be served in bowls. Even better the next day.
We really enjoyed this black-eyed pea and ham casserole. I made 1/2 the recipe, it was a perfect meal for two. It was absolutely delicious, full of layers of lovely robust flavors. It was hot, sweet and spicy. This dish smelled great while cooking and tasted even better. Sadly I can't say that it tasted better the next day, there was none left over. I did cook this for 2 hours to allow it to reduce a bit (personal preference only). It was a great use of contest ingredients, Good Luck.
This was just okay for me. I didn't much like the Pepsi flavor (and I love Pepsi). The flavor did improve the next day.