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Healthy and Great-Tasting Spanish Black-Eyed Peas with Tomatoes

By January 2, 2013

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Carillas en Tomate

You've probably heard of black-eyed peas - no, not the music group, the legumes! Many American haven't tasted black-eyed peas, and so don't know what they are missing. Black-eyed peas are a legume with a distinctive black spot or "eye" in the middle of each one. In New Orleans and in other places, it is considered good luck to eat them for the new year. In Spanish, they are called carillas and in Spain are a common dish year round. Carillas are delicious when simply cooked with Spanish chorizo sausage and tomato sauce. How? Soak the peas tonight and cook up a pot tomorrow for dinner.

Speed Tip: To reduce the soaking and cooking time, use a pressure cooker instead of a standard pot. This will allow you to reduce the cooking time to 15 minutes on high pressure. Remove from heat and allow pressure to drop naturally - about 10-15 minutes.

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