Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Black Eyed Peas with Bacon

Tip:  Read directions completely before preparing.

8 oz bacon, cut into 1 inch pieces
2 – 15.8 oz cans black eyed peas
½ large yellow onion, chopped
3 large cloves garlic, minced
½ large tomato, chopped
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground comino seeds (cumin)
4 cups water
1 package Sazon Goya (Cilantro con Achoite) seasoning
1 teaspoons salt

cilantro, chopped (optional)
Serrano pepper slices (optional)
Cacique Queso Fresco, crumbled (optional)

Open 2 cans of black eyes peas, drain, rinse and set aside.

In a large 3 ½ quart sauté pan at medium high heat add bacon, and fry until crispy.  Remove ¾ of the oil.  Lower heat to medium.

Add chopped onions to pan and sauté with bacon for 2 minutes.

Add minced garlic and sauté for 30 seconds.

Add tomatoes and sauté for 2 minutes. Stirring constantly.

Add beans, water, pack of Sazon seasoning, salt, and comino and stir.

Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low, letter simmer for 25 minutes, then serve!  Top with garnishes!  Enjoy!!!!

Tip: Remember, black eyed peas on New Year's Day are thought to bring good luck for the entire year!