As the New Year approaches, many traditions and customs are celebrated across the globe to welcome a fresh start. In the Southern United States, a popular tradition is serving up black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day for good luck and prosperity throughout the coming year. Whether you’re a staunch follower of this age-old practice or simply appreciate a delicious side dish, this easy black-eyed peas recipe is sure to become a staple in your holiday or weeknight dinner repertoire.
Before soaking, carefully inspect your dried beans for any impurities such as leaves, twigs, or broken beans, and give them a good rinse. Place the beans in a large bowl and cover them with 4 inches of water. While not mandatory, soaking the beans overnight will reduce cooking time.
Drain the soaked beans and rinse them under cold water. Transfer them to a large pot, covering them with 4 inches of chicken stock. Simmer, covered, for approximately 1 hour, checking for tenderness after 45 minutes. Adjust with more broth or water as needed. We like to add a ham bone during cooking for a punch of flavor.
Once the black-eyed peas are tender, season them to taste and add any desired extras. Consider incorporating spinach or other greens during the final 5 minutes of cooking. Season to taste.
Serve them up with collard greens, glazed ham steak, skillet cornbread, and mac & cheese for a satisfying meal!
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