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Division of Marketing and Development
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Mayo Building, M-9
407 South Calhoun Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0800
(850) 617-7300

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Adam H. Putnam, Commissioner

Florida Vegetable Recipe

Black-Eyed Pea Gumbo

2 tablespoons oil
1 large onion, chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped
1-2 jalapeno peppers, finely minced
10-12 cups water
  ham bone or ham hock, for seasoning
1 pound black-eyed peas
2 teaspoons Creole seasoning
1/2 cup chopped parsley
2 bay leaves
1 pound smoked sausage or hot sausage, andouille, bacon, ham, or other smoked pork
  salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Heat the oil in a large pot. Add the onions, bell pepper and jalapeno. Sauté until tender, about 5 minutes. Add the water, ham bone, peas and seasonings and bring to a boil. Meanwhile slice the sausage into 1/2-inch pieces and brown in a heavy skillet. (If using bacon, cook until just under crisp.) Add the sausage to the peas. Reduce to a simmer and cook 1 hour, until the peas are creamy and tender. Add additional water if necessary. Adjust seasonings to your taste. May be served over rice as a main course, as a side dish, or thinned with ham stock and served as a soup.

8 servings

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