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Southern Black-Eyed Peas

Serves 6 to 8

This traditional southern recipe, often served as a side dish on New Year's Day for good luck, can be made with fresh, dried or frozen black-eyed peas. This recipe is for frozen peas. Fresh or dried peas can be substituted, following the package directions for cooking times. For a vegetarian version, use all butter instead of the bacon grease.

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In a large saucepan over medium heat, cook the onions in bacon grease until softened. Add peas, water and salt to taste. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, cover and simmer until tender, about 30 minutes. Drain thoroughly; add butter, additional salt if needed and pepper. Return to a very low burner for about 5 minutes to melt and combine butter. Serve or keep over very low heat until needed.