Spadilly's Cajun Black Eyed Pea Gumbo

Last year's batch. - @spadilly

Yeah, I know it's not A&M related, but it's delicious. You'll thank me later.

Like most of you out there, our family believes in black eyed peas and cabbage on January 1st. Aside from bringing you our standard Good Bull material, a few of us here at the headquarters are well rounded and can literally bring more to the table. I tend to think that the uppers here brought me on for my sports writing, but let's be honest, they love food. And New Years Day means one thing in my house...

Let's start. This is important - you need to have all your ingredients by the afternoon of December 31st. You'll need to start part of this process at halftime before the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

Ingredients:

1 lb dried black eyed peas
8 cups of high quality water
8 slices of bacon
1 bunch of chopped green onions
1 cup chopped parsley
1-2 jalapeno peppers, minced and seeded
3 cloves garlic, pressed
1 teaspoon hot sauce (probably more, but start w/ 1 teaspoon and then season to taste afterwards)
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
3 teaspoons cracked pepper
1 lb smoked sausage, sliced
1 1/2 cups chopped smoked ham (equal to about 1/2 lb)
1 (14 1/2-oz) can Cajun style stewed tomatoes, undrained
1 chopped onion
1 chopped green bell pepper
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1/2 teaspoon oregano

Step 1: Find a large pot. Now find 1 lb of dried black eyed peas.

Step 2: Wash the peas, put them in a large pot, add enough water to cover the peas by 2 inches or so. Cover the pot and let them sit overnight. You should be watching our Fightin' Texas Aggies BTHO Duke right about now.

Step 3: Come back in the morning when you wake up.


Here we go:
  • Start to fry 8 slices of bacon (or more, but you'll need at least 8 slices for this)
  • Drain the peas, return them to your pot and add 8 cups of water; Heat until it starts to boil, cover the pot, reduce the heat, and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring during commercial breaks
  • Add the bacon and every other ingredient except for ham, sausage, and tomatoes
  • Return to a boil, cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 30 minutes (or until peas are tender).
  • Now, add the sausage, ham, and tomatoes. Return to a boil, cover it, reduce the heat some, and (once again) simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Have 30 minutes passed? Great. You're good to go.
  • Serve it up, DINEEEE, and Eat Greedy, Y'all.
Happy New Year! May 2014 be adventure filled for all of us...
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