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My Famous Black Eyed Pea 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.
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.
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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