Black-Eyed Peas and Rice

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dried black-eyed peas
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup lean diced ham
  • 1onion, chopped
  • ½ cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 cups water
  • 2bay leaves
  • 2 pinches paprika, or more to taste
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 3 cups cooked rice
  • Directions

  • Step 1

    Place black-eyed peas into a large container and cover with several inches of cool water; let stand 8 hours to overnight. Drain and rinse.

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  • Step 2

    Heat olive oil in a pot over medium heat; cook and stir ham until browned, about 5 minutes. Add onion, green bell pepper, and garlic; saute until onion is tender, about 10 minutes. Add black-eyed peas, water, bay leaves, paprika, salt, and black pepper; cover pot with a lid and simmer until peas are tender, 40 to 50 minutes.

  • Step 3

    Remove bay leaves from black-eyed peas mixture and stir in rice. Simmer until all the liquid is evaporated, 5 to 10 more minutes.

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