by Erin Marissa Russell
Wondering how to serve all the black-eyed peas your garden has produced this season? When you grow your own black-eyed peas, it’s easy to end up with tons of fresh peas before you know it. This should be a good thing, but if your family is in a rut when it comes to ways to eat these tender, tasty peas, they may be a hard sell at the dinner table. That’s why we’ve done the research and combed through tons of recipes that include black-eyed peas to prepare this list of the very best options you probably haven’t considered.
Prepare Homegrown Black-Eyed Peas in Small Bites and Snacks
Get creative with your crop of black-eyed peas and find ways to serve them in appetizers and snacks. Whether you fry your black-eyed peas until crispy and season them like chips, blend them smooth for a fresh take on hummus, or shape them into fritters paired with tasty sauce, they’re a great way to start off a meal or tide your family over until dinnertime. Better yet, since black-eyed peas from the garden are a healthy, protein-packed food, you’ll feel good about what you’re serving.
Make Salads Sparkle by Adding Fresh Black-Eyed Peas
Beans and peas are a natural and nutritious way to round out a salad and make it a meal. When you’re using black-eyed peas from the garden, you can also count on the completed salad being absolutely delicious. Take a look at the tried-and-true recipes we’ve rounded up below to get some inspiration for ways to use black-eyed peas in salads.
Whip Up Fresh and Filling Soups with Black-Eyed Peas
One of the most familiar ways to eat black-eyed peas is in a tasty soup, swimming in flavorful broth. The recipes in this section will show you lots of different ways to include the black-eyed peas your garden produces in flavorful, comforting soups. Take a look to get some ideas.
Pair Black-Eyed Peas with Meat for Tasty Main Courses
These recipes are all about the main event. Black-eyed peas go perfectly with all kinds of meat. Although many of us are most familiar with bacon or ham in the black-eyed pea pot, there are lots of other ways to make black-eyed peas part of a meaty main course. Take a look at the recipes below to get an idea of a few of the possibilities.
Let Homegrown Veggies Shine with More Main Dishes Featuring Black-Eyed Peas
The recipes you’ll find here put black-eyed peas and other vegetables front and center as part of veggie-centric main dishes. These are a perfect way to use lots of the harvest from your garden while feeding your family at the same time. Note: Not all the recipes here are vegetarian, though many of them are. They may include a bit of meat, such as a ham hock, chopped bacon, or optional chicken, but just aren’t heavy on the meat.
Turn to Cuisines the World Over for New Ways to Eat Black-Eyed Peas
While American Southern cuisine is likely the first style of food that comes to mind when you think of cooking black-eyed peas, it isn’t the only way to go. Some of the recipes in this section are traditional, while others are brand new. Either way, you can count on these preparation methods to be delicious and unexpected ways to eat your homegrown black-eyed peas.
Whip Up Scrumptious Sides with Your Homegrown Black-Eyed Peas
There’s nothing wrong with plain old simmered black-eyed peas as a side dish, maybe flavored with a little smoked turkey, ham, or bacon. That said, the recipes below will give you some more unique ways to eat the black-eyed peas from your garden as an accompaniment to your meal’s main event. Take a look at the ideas listed here to see what we mean.
Surprise Your Family with Sweets Made of Black-Eyed Peas
Who would have thought you could make desserts out of black-eyed peas? It’s more than possible—with these recipes, it’s bound to be delicious. Try a traditional Vietnamese dessert, che dau trang, or include your homegrown black-eyed peas in more run-of-the-mill desserts. These ways to eat black-eyed peas are anything but ordinary, and your family is bound to be surprised.
With all these ways to eat the black-eyed peas you grow in your garden, there’s no reason you shouldn’t grow just a few more plants next year. Keep your favorite recipes from this article in your go-to meal prep file, and you’ll never run out of ways to serve the black-eyed peas you harvest from the garden. Of course, if you somehow manage to grow tired of all these new ideas, keep in mind that you can also substitute black-eyed peas in recipes that call for absolutely any variety of beans or peas out there.