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Lucky Foods for New Years – Blackeyed Peas, Collards Top List

December 30th, 2010 · 1 Comment

A brief and totally unscientific poll of readers (read that: Facebook) shows that blackeyed peas and sometimes collard greens are the favorites for bringing luck in the upcoming New Year. I ate my fill of them last year, and had fairly good luck and held my own prosperity wise.

Some folks don’t like peas porridge, black eyed or otherwise, so consider instead a blackeyed pea salad. (Also known as Texas or Southern caviar.)

I printed a recipe for it last year. You can, however, go traditional – just do this:

Blackeyed peas, traditional style

1 pound bag dried peas

1 ham hock or chunk of salt pork

1 medium onion, peeled, chopped large

Wash, pick over peas. Cover peas with water by 1 inch in a large pot. Bring peas to a boil and reduce heat to medium low. Let simmer for 1 hour. Turn off heat and let stand 2 hours. Drain peas; set peas aside.

In large heavy pot, sear ham hock or salt pork, if using. Add onion and cook briefly. Add peas and cover with water or vegetable stock or combination. Cook for 1 hour at a simmer, or until peas are tender. Note: Do not add any salt until peas are nearly done. Be judicious with salt, as the pork provides enough for flavoring.

Serve with raw onion or green onions on the side, and a pan of Southern cornbread, and collard greens or cabbage to ensure (folding money) prosperity in the coming year.

Folks outside of the South eat stewed cabbage, or pork and sauerkraut. Others begin the year with something sweet and something sour, to create a balance.

What do you eat as traditional New Year’s Day foods?

Tags: Holiday cooking

1 response so far ↓

  • 1 Merrie Lee // Dec 30, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    Golly! I’d eat them any time. Sonny’s and Cracker Barrel aren’t too shabby, but they are commercial.
    Thanks for all of your Appeteasers this year, and I look forward to many more!

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