This is a recipe from Terry (TerryH of the Army) & looks very good.
½ cup butter, however; I prefer bacon drippings
1 ½ small white onion
1 med. sized green pepper
1 whole Johnsonville smoked sausage (sliced) (Terry says kielbasa may be substituted)
3 whole cloves Garlic (minced)
½ teaspoon salt (or less)
½ teaspoon pepper (or more)
2 15oz. cans of black eyed peas (drained)
1 8oz. ham hock
1 cup water
¾ cup white long grain rice (pre-cooked)
¾ cup Sharp Chedder Cheese (shredded)
Put butter(or drippings) in a large saucepan over medium heat.
Add the onion, bell pepper, and sausage; next add the garlic, salt & pepper.
Cook till sausage is colored, and onions clear.
Add the black eyed peas, & the ham hock cook on low heat for about an hour and 10 minutes. Now add the cooked rice & cheddar cheese, & keep stirring till all the cheese has melted into the mix.
Serve in a deep bowl, with toasted garlic bread & enjoy
Note from Dr. Mom - I'm not sure how many this will serve, in my family maybe 2 but we're big eaters. Based on the cheese & rice I'm also not sure how well this will keep. The peas & ham should be able to keep warm for a while but once the cheese & rice is added it probably needs to be eaten fairly quickly.
Follow up, Terry says that this will serve 4 so enjoy