Black Eyed Peas

Move over traditional, ham-filled black eyed peas, there’s a new version in town that’s even more delicious. Pickled black eyed peas nestled in lettuce wraps.
Lettuce Wraps with Pickled Black Eyed Peas

My 3-year old and I made up a song about our trip to the farm last weekend since my description of the trip was turning out REALLY boring.  So here goes.


If you’re here for the black eyed pea recipe and want to forgo the cheesiness, scroll down.

You have heard the story of Old McDonald, right?  This is the story of Old McFrancisco and his Black Eyed Peas.  (Cows, dogs, chickens and seedlings too.)
Old McFrancisco had a farm, it’s called KYV
And on this farm there was a cow. He was named Sir-Loin.
With a moo moo here, and a moo moo there.
Here a moo, there a moo, everywhere a moo moo.
Old Mc Francisco had a farm.  Ei ei oh. 
And on this farm there was a dog. He was named Whis-key.
With a ruff ruff here, and a ruff ruff there.
Here a ruff, there a ruff, everywhere a ruff ruff.
Old McFrancisco had a farm. Whiskey loves Sir-Loin. 
 And on this farm there were chick-ens. Ei ei oh. 
With a cluck cluck here, and a cluck cluck there.
Here a feather, there a feather, everywhere a fea-ther.
Old McFrancisco had a farm. We should make ear-rings.
And on this farm there were seedlings. ei ei oh.
With a yum yum here, and a yum yum there.
Here a yum, there a yum, everywhere a yum yum. 

Old McFrancisco had a farm. We can’t wait to eat.

And on this farm he had some peas ei ei oh.
With a black eye here and a black eye there.
Here a pea, there a pea, everywhere a pea-pea (hehehe).
Old McFrancisco had a farm.  It’s called KYV

The end.


We left the farm with our bag of scary Halloween worms aka. black eyed peas (see below) and sat down to shell them.  Who knew my daughter would have so much fun she would fight me pea for pea. 

And what did we do with them? Since I didn’t have a lot of experience with fresh black eyed peas I had to wing it.  We tried them raw, cooked, and in a wrap. 

Here’s a salad I made with them raw.  Isn’t it pretty?  I hope this inspires you to both get creative and keep it simple. 

roasted beets
red onion
raw black eyed peas
drizzle of my favorite vinaigrette


We also made a pickled black eyed pea recipe from Epicurious.  Simple and delicious. 

Pickled Black Eyed Peas
1 pound dried black-eyed peas
1 bay leaf
2 teaspoons salt
2 red bell peppers
1 small onion
2 large garlic cloves
6 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
2/3 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh flat-leafed parsley leaves


Click here for the directions as I didn’t change much other than to use less oil and cook the fresh black eyed peas as directed until tender to my taste.

Finally I made a lettuce wrap recipe.

Lettuce Wraps with Pickled Black Eyed Peas and Barley
Romaine lettuce leaves
Cooked barley
Pickled Black Eyed Peas (recipe above)
1. Layer barley and black eyed peas in the center of each romaine lettuce leaf.  Wrap and enjoy. 
What are your favorite ways to use black eyed peas?  We may just try it next time!

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