My Famous Black Eyed Pea Stew

Not the stew, just a pretty picture
Not the stew, just a pretty picture

My stew?

I began making this stew over 35 years ago. I always thought someone else bought it to my house, but my friends said that I was the originator. Well as my hub, My phenomenal memory, shows I can't remember some important things in my life. So for now I'll claim it. However, if anyone out there remembers that you bought this to my house, you can have the credit, LOL!

Guess what, I just found out, oh, that ole Internet, I found the stew on it, In various forms, but not like mine. Yes, and I found out something about black eyed peas that I didn't know. It is that, Black Eyed Peas were brought to America with slaves from Africa and became popular in the Civil War days during the battle of Vicksburg. Wow, who knew.

The Stew

Before I begin. I've used a variety of meats, I've used ground beef, ground turkey, sweet Italian sausage, sauteed chicken breast, ground pork, and even shrimp, (didn't like shrimp with it). My favorite is ground turkey. So for this recipe I'm going to use ground turkey.

Ingredients:

2 lbs of ground turkey

2 bags of frozen black eyed peas

1 bag of frozen corn

1 bag of frozen okra

1 lg. can of whole tomatoes

1 lg onion

2 garlic cloves

1 lg can of stewed tomatoes

1 reg. can of tomato paste, and 1 reg can tomato sauce

seasonings: Lemon pepper seasoning, garlic salt, salt, pepper to taste( or just use your favorite seasoning.

1 lg can of ripe olives


Cook peas until done. Season and saute turkey, garlic and onion. Add all ingredients to peas, cook for about 30 minutes, to completely blend all ingredients.

My family loves it over rice, I prefer it alone. I also serve it with cornbread.

This is my favorite recipe to take to BYO gatherings, when I show up with this dish, it is devoured before anything else. Try it!

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Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

That sounds great, thank you for sharing.


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DynamicS 7 years ago from Toronto, Canada

fastfreta, I like this recipe. It a keeper. And yes I knew that about black eyed peas. I recently found out when I was doing some research on the Gold Coast - Ghana's traditions and culture for a short story that I was writing.

Thanks for sharing. I'm not sure mine will be anywhere delicious as your because you've had a head start in ppractising, but I'm going to give it a try.


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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

Love love love black eyed peas! And yes these are the good luck peas for the New Year - I have given them as gifts at that time.

Such a history should never be forgotten - we have moved so far away from nutrition and it is hurting us. These black eyed peas will heal what ails us. When I ate in an African restaurant they did a recipe that included making the peas into balls and a quick frying and I was a happy woman!!!!

Thanks for this recipe!


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Veronica Allen 7 years ago from Georgia

This sounds so good! Question? My daughter can't eat tomatoes, will the recipe still work without the tomatoes, tomatoe paste and sauce?


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Lady_E 7 years ago from London, UK

Mmmh.. I'd love to come round to yours for dinner. The recipe looks similar to an African dish. I would love to give it a try. Thanks. :)


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fastfreta 7 years ago from Southern California Author

Thank you all for stopping by.

Lady_E, since the peas comes from Africa, it probably is the same or similar.

Veronica, I've never tried it without the tomatoes, but I think if I were you, I'd give it a try. If you do, please let me know how it turns out.

Um, Bk, that sounds delicious, I'd like to try that.

DynamicS, I have changed this recipe so many times, I didn't begin using all of these ingredients that are in it until later. Over the years I've made changes and still continue to do so. I didn't mention Cilantro, because not everyone can find that, but I also add that once in awhile. So just play around with it and make it your own.

Hello, Hello, hello, it is as good as it sounds.


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suziecat7 7 years ago from Asheville, NC

I love those flavored stewed tomatos like Italian. I will give this a try this week. Thanks.


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fastfreta 7 years ago from Southern California Author

Suziecat, thanks for stopping by. Please let me know how it turns out.


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elisabethkcmo 7 years ago from Just East of Oz

bookmarking this one, thanks!


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fastfreta 7 years ago from Southern California Author

Thank you elisabethkcmo, hope you enjoy it when you make it. Please come back again soon.


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sukhera143 7 years ago from Home

Nice info.


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fastfreta 7 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks sukhera for stopping by, please stop again.


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creativeone59 7 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

Sounds delicious,thanks for sharing. creativeone59


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fastfreta 7 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks creativeone for stopping by, please come again.


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Philipo 7 years ago from Nigeria

Very nice. Wish to have some.


Mr, Writesum 7 years ago

Man, that sounds great. I'm definitly going to try it. I luv black eyed peas and your history lesson was good as I did not know black eyed peas' history. I want to try your sour cream pound cake too. I am a singer/musician who loves to cook. I relate it to music... creativity, textures etc. Plus, if you like to eat, then you need to learn how to cook. I survived as a bachelor for many years knowing how to cook. Now, I cook for me and my wife. lol


Linda Medrano 7 years ago

Wonderful recipe! Thanks!


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create a page 7 years ago from Maryland, USA

Your black eyed pea stew seem to be very delicious and nutritious fastfreta. You have inspired me to give it a chance. I think I will try it without the meat, since I am not a meat eater. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe with us.


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rmcrayne 7 years ago from San Antonio Texas

This definitely sounds like something we'd like at our house. I'm going to share with my mom too.


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fastfreta 7 years ago from Southern California Author

Thank you all for stopping by, I would really like to know who tried and who liked, or loved it. Please let me know.


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Jeffrey Neal 7 years ago from Tennessee

This sounds like an excellent dish, fastfreta! I love black-eyed peas, but I've never had them in a stew like this. I think I'll try it and the cornbread sounds perfect with it.


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fastfreta 7 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks Jeffrey, I hope to hear from you when and if you do make the dish. Thanks for stopping, please stop again soon.


ashleyr24 7 years ago

Wow fastfreta, you're giving away all of your secrets. Better be careful when you go to a potluck, others may make the same things that you make!


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jimcain207 7 years ago from HUMPHREY, ARKANSAS

Sounds good. Question: Since we have a over abundance of purple hull peas, do you think it would work instead? I appreciate your thoughts.


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fastfreta 7 years ago from Southern California Author

Actually being from the south, I know what purple hull peas are, and yes it would work well with any of those kinds of peas. I also would use crowder or field peas. I think the recipe would work even better with the fresh version of these peas, I just don't have access to them here in Southern California, at least where I live. My suggestion is, try the stew with any of these peas and the recipe the way I wrote it the first time, then the next time play with it, vary it to your taste, and see what you come up with. I would like to hear from you about the results.


BookFlame 7 years ago

Yum! I'm bookmarking this one!


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fastfreta 7 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks BookFlame it is good.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

Great! Thank you FF.


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fastfreta 6 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks to you Micky Dee, see you soon.


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cindyvine 6 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

Have to try and make this as I saw black-eyed peas at the market the other day.


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fastfreta 6 years ago from Southern California Author

I promise cindy you will love it. If and when you do, please let me know how it turns out.


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Rachelle Williams 5 years ago from Tempe, AZ

This one sounds delicious, but I wonder if i could substitute the ground turkey with the meat from baked turkey wings. Hmmm...Thanks for sharing this one, I promise that this will be a keeper. I'm going to try the baked turkey wing thing and I'll let you know how it turns out.


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

You can use any kind of meat you like. As a matter of fact I just finished a bowl that I made with three meats. Ground turkey, beef, and sweet Italian sausage, very tasty. By all means let me know, then I can try that one too. Thanks again for stopping, see you soon.


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Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

I think I'd totally devour that stew. I had some black eyed peas and ground turkey just last week. I think yours sounds much better!


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Oh Wesman, I guarantee you'll love this one. I'm going to experiment with some new ways of making it. Although most that tastes this way are totally satisfied. Thanks for stopping, see you soon.


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Patsybell 2 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO

I like your stew recipe. Sounds like a good winter dish. Voted up and useful. Pinned. Peace and prosperity to you. (and a lottery win wouldn’t hurt either.)


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fastfreta 2 years ago from Southern California Author

Thank you Patsybell, it really is a very good dish. Thanks for the Pin and Vote.

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