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Direct Your Dining: Mardi Gras Pork and Black Eyed Peas

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With Mardi Gras season in full swing and Fat Tuesday coming up next week, I decided to come up with a quick, easy recipe featuring black eyed peas, a classic side dish served for this holiday. The month of February is also national canned foods month, so this recipe makes great use of canned black eyed peas. Canned beans and peas are cost efficient, save a lot of prep time considering you don’t have to soak or boil them for a few hours, and are easy to pair with other ingredients to make a meal. You could easily make this a main dish if you made some cornbread muffins to go alongside it. The use of ready to eat crumbled pork sausage and all natural real bacon pieces make this recipe even faster!

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I like to keep these pre-cooked meals in the refrigerator for all kinds of recipes, but if you don’t have them on hand and have to cook your own bacon or sausage, just brown it and crisp it in the skillet first, remove, and start cooking the onions and garlic right in the pan with the leftover pan drippings for even more flavor. The garlic paired with the Worcestershire sauce really make this “pork and peas” recipe extra flavorful and delicious.

Mardi Gras Pork and Black Eyed Peas

Ingredients:

  • 1 Can Black eyed peas
  • 2 tbsp. Butter
  • ½ c. Diced white onion
  • 1 tbsp. Minced/pressed garlic
  • 1 c. Crumbled pork sausage
  • 2 tbsp. Real natural bacon pieces/bits
  • ¼ tsp. Onion powder
  • ¼ tsp. Garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp. Dried parsley flakes
  • ¼ tsp. Dried tarragon leave flakes
  • ¼ tsp. Black pepper
  • ½ tsp. Kosher salt
  • 2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp. Fresh lemon juice

Directions:

1) Open the black eyed peas can, drain the liquid, and add to a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 90 seconds to heat.

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2) Dice the onions and mince/press the garlic.

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3) Combine the onion powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper, parsley, and tarragon.

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4) Heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat and melt the butter.

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5) Add the onions and garlic to the skillet and sauté until golden brown.

Direct Your Dining: Mardi Gras Pork and Black Eyed Peas | Direct Energy Blog

6) Add the sausage, bacon, and seasoning mixture to the skillet and stir together. Cook for 3-4 minutes to combine flavors while stirring.

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7) Add the Worcestershire sauce and lemon juice and stir.

Direct Your Dining: Mardi Gras Pork and Black Eyed Peas | Direct Energy Blog

8) Add the microwaved black eyed peas, toss everything together, and let it cook 2-3 minutes to combine. Turn heat off and serve.

Direct Your Dining: Mardi Gras Pork and Black Eyed Peas | Direct Energy Blog

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Recipe and Images by Stacie Morgan

About 

Stacie is a Texas A&M animal science graduate using her education and passion for food to get creative in the kitchen. She previously worked in business before becoming a mom to a special little boy. She's excited to share recipes her family enjoys at home - and they may even help you save energy in the kitchen.