Smoked Sausage and Black-Eyed Peas

8 to 10 servings
  • 1 pound smoked sausage
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onion (1 medium)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 5 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 3 teaspoons finely chopped parsley
  • 8 cups chicken stock
  • 1 pound black-eyed peas
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 6 cornbread muffins
  • 1 tablespoon chopped green onions

In a large pot, over medium heat, render the sausage for 5 minutes. Stir in the onions, salt, cayenne, garlic, bay leaves, thyme and parsley. Saute for 5 minutes, or until the onions are wilted. Stir in the chicken stock, peas and garlic. Bring the liquid up to a simmer and cook for 1 1/2 hours, or until the peas are tender. Spoon the peas and sausage in the center of a shallow bowl. Garnish with green onions. Serve with cornbread muffins.

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    This was my first time making and trying Black- Eyed Peas. They turned out amazing. This recipe is super easy, and the ingredients are mostly pantry staples. All I needed was smoked sausage. Will definitely make this again. Only regret is that there were only two of us here to eat any :D
    I made this for x-mas my family loved them. I also took them to a birthday party every one wanted to know who made the black eye peas they were a big hit. My Dad always call and want to know when I am going to make them again. Keep up the good work Emeril.
    Outstanding! I did use a ham bone and pieces of ham in place of the sausage, since I had these left over from Christmas. Very strong smell when initially cooking, but just perfect after the 1 1/2 hours! Great way to ring in the New Year!
    I made this recipe about 4 years ago for Christmas, it is so good, that was the first time we tried black eyed peas, very easy and tasted recipe.
    This recipe was great!! I used manda sausage and I changed the amount of chicken stock...I only used 6 cups instead of 8. The amount of flavor in this recipe was awesome. I also had to cook the peas for about 2 hours and 15 minutes. I will be making this again!! Great job Emeril.
    This is an exceptional dish, very tasty. I already love black eyed peas, but this took them to a whole new level. I did not soak the peas, but they were perfect after about two hours of cook time. I used a nitrate free smoked Italian chicken sausage from Vons - which had nice flavor though I'm sure the regular pork kind would be better. Also, stirred in some greens about five minutes before serving. Yum!! This one is going in the winter rotation.
    Very tasty. I have made this recipe for several years, but never rated it. I will make it for New Years, but I have made it on other occasions as well. I usually use Andouille smoked sausage which gives it a Cajun flavor, but it is excellent recipe and my family loves it.
    I had never made black eyed peas before using this recipe. It was super easy and turned out delicious! My family came over on New Years Day and raved about how good the beans were. I am going to make them again today. I served the beans with Krustez Corn Bread and some honey butter, the whole thing was super yummy,
    Easily the best black eyed pea recipe I've ever done. Perfect for New Year's Day. Out freakin' standing! I may cook it a little less next time, though, as I prefer a somewhat firmer peas.
    I hate black eyed peas. Hate. But, they're a New Year's Tradition and the rest of my family likes them, so I googled this recipe and, I have to tell ya, they were amazing! What great flavor! My husband added greens and Louisiana hot sauce to his, but I thought the recipe didn't need anything extra - it was perfect!
    One of the easiest and tastiest things I've ever made! Most of the flavor will of course come from whatever sausage is used. I added some greens and made this a "Hoppin' John" for good luck in the New Year!
    this recipe is easy and delicious. My son begins asking for it when the weather cools and can't have enough of it until I tell him it's getting too warm for this soup. 
    I got it first for New Year's 2000 and have been enjoying this recipe ever since! 
    Hurray for Emeril! 
    Very tasty! I was concerned about other reviewer stating it was watery, so I sauteed the sausage and veggies in olive oil and added 2 T of flour before pouring in stock. Also, only used 1/2 of the broth and turned out very nice. Served over rice.
    I thought it was watery. Is this because I soaked my beans over night? I added some Cajun seasoning and 2 tlbs of tomato paste as it seemed a little bland.
    Some of the peas weren't cooked all the way through,,, I'm sure that was my fault. I'll probably soak the peas for several hours before I cook them next time. Besides that we loved the dish! I bought mild Italian sausage which added some nice flavors and I gave them a quick sear until they were nicely browned on all sides before adding the rest of the ingredients. This meal is hearty and full of flavor! And the next day leftovers were even better.
    Everyone loved it!
    I made this dish for yesterday for Sunday's dinner and it was delicious. My son & daughter who does NOT like black-eyed peas loved it. Thanks Emeril, you ROCK!
    These are so delicious the longer they hang around. I made these for my boyfriend on New Year's Day substituting cliantro for the parsley because I love the flavor. I will be making these more often than once a year...!!
    I hadn't made splet pea soup in a very long time. I followed the recipe and my family enjoyed it tremendously. Serve it with cornbread and everyone is happy.
    I was searching for a black-eyed pea recipe for New Year's Day 2008 and found this one. I made it for my friend, my boyfriend and his friend. It was a huge hit with everyone, especially since they had never had anything but black-eyed peas out of a can. I now make this recipe several times a year during the fall and winter (which don't last too long in Austin). The recipe is fantastic and requires no substitutions or tweaking of any kind. Excellent with cornbread!
    My family loved this recipe. It is easy, inexpensive and is even better the next day. This recipe is now in my recipe file to make again.
    I haven't made black eyed peas in some time, so I went to Food Network for ideas. I found this one and by jove it is perfect. Just the right amount of heat from the cayenne. I didn't have any smoked sausage handy but I found a ham bone in my freezer from a few Sunday's back. I added a 1/4 teaspoon of liquid smoke to get that smokey flavor. Truly delicious Emeril!
    I must admit, I was not excited about the recipe. I have never had black-eyed peas and sausage together and it didn't sound very appealing to me but I made it anyway. This recipe is awesome, it is the perfect comfort food. One of the best recipes I have tried off the food network so far. If you like southern comfort food, this is a winner.
    I don't usually comment on recipes but this was fabulous! I've struggled for several years trying to find a good black-eyed pea recipe to bring luck in the New Year. I failed miserably until this year. This was a huge hit not only with my husband, but also my parents and 7 year old daughter! Thanks Emeril! One note - I happened to have homemade smoked chicken broth so I used it instead of purchased - excellent!
    My sisters husband is Caucasian and advised he heard soulfood blackeye peas were the bomb. He taste my sisters (African American) style as opposed to his moms and said his moms was better but he didn't like them altogether.

    Now we all know prepared right they are the bomb, so I went in search of that special recipe and found it. Today he asked when I was going to make some more because I still had the smoked sausage frozen in the freezer. All I can say is SHOW U RIGHT!
    Awesome recipe!
    My teenage daughter said she loved this, it is the first time she has ever tasted black eyed peas that had flavor to them. It is a hearty dish. I think a New Years day tradition has formed.
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