I hope every one of you had a wonderful Christmas! Now that we’re moving on to the new year with its own traditions, mostly centered around food, we’re switching over from cakes and candies to black eyed peas and greens. Our New Year’s dinner has been nearly the same for as long as I can remember. Peas, greens, fried chicken or pork chops, and cornbread. Peas for luck and greens for wealth.
Now I know you all want luck and wealth in the new year, right? But what to do if you just don’t care for plain, cooked black eyed peas? Well, I have a few ideas for you. In this post, you’ll find a delicious black eyed pea salad, and two delicious soups. Just the thing if your folks need a change from the usual. And, don’t forget the traditional Hoppin’ John. It’s always a winner!
The black-eyed pea salad pictured above is very similar to the traditional three-bean salad that is a staple at Southern picnics, pot-lucks, and church dinners, although it’s a lot lower in sugar than that recipe. It’s easy to make, easy to transport, and almost everyone likes it. Even the little ones enjoy it, though they may pick out the onions :-)
I made this a while back for an impromptu family get-together at BeeBop’s brother’s home. He was serving fried chicken, potato salad, and green beans and this salad complimented that menu quite nicely.
This Creole Black Eyed Pea Soup, like many Creole and Cajun recipes, begins with the trinity of Louisiana cuisine – onions, celery, and bell pepper. Then some ham, chicken stock, and Creole seasoning goes into the pot along with fresh greens. The result is a soup that will warm you up no matter how icy and cold it might be outside.
Peas and Greens Soup has all the best elements of the classic southern Hoppin’ John with a few greens thrown in for good measure. I think you’ll really enjoy this one!
So, there you go! Three great ways to serve black eyed peas for a lucky New Year!
More black eyed pea recipes you might like:
- Cheesy Black Eye Pea Dip from Katie’s Cucina
- Black-Eyed Pea Soup with Ham and Chicken from Gluten Free Easily
- Black-eyed Pea Gumbo from Fat Free Vegan Kitchen
- Black-Eyed Peas with Roasted Tomato Sauce from eCurry
- Tex Mex Black Eyed Pea Casserole from Recipe Girl