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Here are some Black-eyed peas recipes to bring you prosperity in the New Year by Chef Tam.

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Black Eye Pea Fritters

1 cup dried black-eyed peas
2 tablespoons chopped white onion, plus sliced onion for garnish
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper (optional)

Pinch of crushed red pepper (optional)

Vegetable oil, for frying

Place in a food processor along with the onion, baking soda, salt, a splash of water and the black and red pepper, if using. Process until a smooth batter forms, adding a little more water if necessary. The batter should be smoothly blended, similar to the consistency of light hummus. Pour oil into a large cast-iron skillet or other heavy, straight-sided pan to a depth of 1 inch. Heat oil to 365 degrees over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to medium and, using a spoon, carefully drop 1 tablespoon of batter into the oil. Repeat until there are several dollops in the pan, being careful not to overcrowd. Fry until golden brown, about 2 minutes, turning the fritters once. Remove with a slotted spoon, drain on paper towel and keep warm. Repeat until all batter is used. Serve with Chipotle Aoli or Spicy Ranch.

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Black Eye Pea Dip

  • 2 Cups Cooked and cooled Black Eyes Peas 
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 tbsp fresh lime juicefrom about 1 1/2 limes
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • pinch crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 cup cooked cornfresh or frozen, thawed
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoesquartered
  • 1/4 cup minced red onionfinely diced
  • 1/4 cup cilantrochopped
  • 1 jalapeñoseeded and diced

In a large bowl, combine the garlic, lime juice, oil, cumin, crushed red pepper, and salt and mix well Add the black-eyed peas, corn, tomato, red onion, jalapeno if using and cilantro; mix well and refrigerate at least 20 minutes. Serve with your favorite chip.

About Chef Tam

Born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas, Chef Tam comes from a long line of chefs, bakers and restaurant owners, including her maternal grandfather, who owned a BBQ restaurant, her father, who owned a homestyle restaurant, and her paternal grandmother, who she affectionately calls Nanna, who was a professional baker. Given her family’s rich history with food, she knew even from a young age that cooking in a professional setting would be a key part of her destiny. 

On April 22nd, 2018, Chef Tam made her Food Network Debut, appearing in Guy’s Grocery Games, where she beat out three classically trained chefs. In April of 2022, Chef Tam Chopped away at the competition to win Chopped on Food Network, and she was also featured in Taste of the South Magazine just a few weeks later.