Super Lucky 2023 Black Eyed Pea
For the best luck, Southerners know that Black Eyed Peas on New Year's Day mean good luck in the coming year. Easy to make and easy to enjoy.
Whether you are a traditionalist and insist on a ham hock or a modern hipster cooking with just some aromatics and sea salt, eating Black Eyed Peas on the first day of the year is one of the best gifts of the south. And frankly, this country can use a little luck this year!
A type of cowpea, Black Eyed Peas are believed to be native to Africa. They became an important food source in the American South sometime during the 17th or 18th centuries and at some point, they became a traditional good luck meal on New Year's Day.
Soups, stews, salads, Hoppin' John
From the Rancho Gordo Kitchen
Black Eyed Peas are traditionally paired with pork products, like bacon or ham, but they also shine in meatless stews and seasonal salads.
Check peas for debris, and rinse thoroughly. In a large pot, sauté aromatic vegetables (onions, garlic, celery, carrot, etc.) in olive oil. Add peas and enough water to cover by about 2 inches. Bring to a full boil for 10 to 15 minutes. Reduce heat to a gentle simmer, using a lid to help regulate the heat, and gently cook until done, 30 to 90 minutes. Salt when the peas start to soften. A pre-soak of 2 to 4 hours will lessen the cooking time.
Vigna unguiculata subsp.unguiculata
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