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Editor's Recipe: Michelle's Black Eyed Peas with Smoked Sausage (Crock Pot Recipe)

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Michelle's Black Eyed Peas with Smoked Sausage

This year we tried something NEW for our New Year's Day black-eyed peas.  We added smoked sausage.  Oh my goodness, it was so good.  If you like sausage I would think you would also like this recipe, even if you don't like black-eyed peas! ;o)  I threw a bunnch of things together and it came out fantastic. I would be perfectly happy to make this every year from now on. If you have your own favorite black-eyed pea recipe you might also try just adding the sausage to it, or you can use my recipe below.  Either way... have some black-eyed peas for good luck and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

1 1/2 pounds dried black-eyed peas (soaked overnight, rinsed and drained)
2 pounds smoked sausage links, cut into 1-2" slices
1 Vidalia (sweet) onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
10 c. water
1 T. plus 1 tsp. chili powder
Sea salt, as desired

Place prepared black-eyed peas in crock pot. Add cut up sausage, chopped onion, minced garlic, water and chili powder. Add salt and stir all together.  Cook on high for 3-4 hours or on low for 6.

You can also add a little hot sauce to spice it up more, or let people add it at the table.  Yum!   

Submitted by Michelle Jones