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a close up of new years eve black eyed peas with ham chunks and a bayleaf

NYE Black Eyed Peas

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  • 1 lb. Camellia Blackeye Peas
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled & crushed
  • 4 ea bay leaves
  • 1/2 tsp thyme, dried
  • 1 tsp sage, dried and rubbed
  • 1 tsp black pepper, ground fine
  • 1/2 tsp cumin, ground
  • 1/2 tsp granulated garlic
  • 1/2 tsp basil leaves, dried
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp oregano, dried
  • 1 lb. ham, diced
  • 2 tbsp Kosher salt


  1. Heat the olive oil in a 6 qt. pot over medium heat.
  2. Add the onions and garlic and sweat until they smell sweet and look translucent.
  3. Add the bay leaves and other seasonings along with the ham. Toast well for 2 minutes.
  4. Add the black eyed peas and water - bring to a boil for 5 minutes.
  5. Lower the heat and simmer for 1 hour.
  6. Serve hot over white rice!

Chef Ryan Shepherd, Executive Chef of LH Hayward & Co.,  is a seasonings expert and culinary educator. He is formerly the executive chef of research and development at Chef Paul Prudhomme's Magic Seasoning Blends in New Orleans and enjoys making food taste good.