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Bessie’s Best New Year Blackeyes

Bessie’s Best New Year Blackeyes

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This recipe was a family favorite served on New Year’s Day. and passed down by Bessie Hayward, Gordon Hayward’s sister and 2nd generation bean enthusiast.


  • 1 (1-pound) package Camellia Brand Blackeye Peas
  • 6-8 cups water
  • 1/2 pound seasoning meat
  • 1 tablespoon butter or olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 toe garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 pinch sage (optional)
  • Salt to taste
Total time:
1 hour, 45 minutes
Prep time:
15 minutes
Cook time:
1 hour, 30 minutes


  1. Rinse and sort peas. In a large pot, cover peas with water and add seasoning meat. Bring to boil, lower heat and simmer for about 1 hour.
  2. In a skillet over medium heat, sauté onion and garlic in butter or olive oil. Add to pot and cook 1/2 hour, or until peas are soft.
  3. Add thyme and sage and season to taste. Serve over hot cooked rice.

Ingredients used in this Recipe

garlic seasoning meat onions blackeye peas