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Blackeyed Pea Spread

Ingredients
  • 1 can (16 ounces) black-eyed peas, drained
  • 3 green onions, chopped with tops
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • ½ cup salsa
  • 4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
Instruction
  1. Reserving ⅓ cup, place peas in a blender. Process until smooth.
  2. Blend in onions, sour cream and garlic salt.
  3. Transfer to a bowl, and stir in salsa, reserved peas and bacon.
  4. Serve with tortilla chips, bagel chips or corn chips.

Blackeyed Peas Trivia

  • Blackeyed peas are Oklahoma's number one vegetable crop. Cowpea is another name for blackeyed peas. They are native to Asia and Africa and are one of the most widely dispersed beans in the world. They are grown in Oklahoma and throughout the southern US as a hay crop and for human consumption.
  • Blackeyed peas have a scented aroma and creamy texture. They are characterized by their kidney shape, their white skin, their small black eyes and very fine wrinkles. Blackeyed peas are legumes, like beans, but they are really a type of pea. Unlike most beans, no pre-soaking is required before cooking. In the southern United States it is traditional to eat blackeye peas on New Year's Day for good luck throughout the year.