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2-Step Black Eyed Peas and Ham Slow Cooker Dinner

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If you're spending the New Year cleaning out your pantry, you are not alone!  One thing that I can't seem to stop coming across is bags of dried beans and peas that I should have used last year.  Black-eyed peas popped up in my search, so I decided to cook them up once and for all!  Using the ham bone from Christmas that I had in the freezer, I made a super-easy and delicious meal for the family.

To make this, you'll need:
  • 1 Ham bone with ham still on it (not enough ham left? Try a few slices of cooked bacon)
  • 1 bag of dried black eyed peas
  • 3 cloves of garlic, peeled and diced
The night before you want to serve this dish, dump the bag of beans into a slow cooker pot. (I use a big 6-quart manual cooker for this recipe.)  Pour enough water to cover the beans and leave at least 3 inches on top of them.  (They'll soak up plenty of the water.)  If you see any weird floating things on top (rocks, debris, etc), you can remove it now or wait until morning.

The next morning, drain the beans and remove any particles.  Put the beans back into the slow cooker, cover with clean water, and add the ham bone and/or bacon.  Add the diced garlic and a little pepper, if you'd like.  Cook on low for 10 hours, or until the beans are super tender.  You may also taste it to see if you need to add salt.  (I prefer mine less salty, as we eat our ham and beans with saltine crackers.)

Serve with cornbread, rolls, or crackers!

Like beans? You might also want to try our Jazzy Red Beans and Rice with Polish Sausage!

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  1. This looks so simple! Thanks so much for sharing it on Waste Not Want Not Wednesday, I've pinned it :) Hope to see you back this week!