Blackeye Pea Recipes to Bring Good Luck for the New Year

December 04, 2015 Seasonal Tips

It isn’t New Year’s at my house without a blackeye pea recipe — it’s a Southern tradition. My grandmother, who hailed from rural Kentucky, made them with ham hocks. My husband, who’s from Alabama, requests hopping John. Whether it’s for good luck on New Year’s, or for a great meal any night of the week, blackeye peas are a delicious, versatile choice.

A Traditional Favorite

Blackeye peas, New Year’s Day. They go hand in hand. However, nobody wants to spend hours in the kitchen on New Year’s Day. This spicy hopping John recipe is a classic, but it’s also incredibly easy to make. Simply cook the veggies and ham (or bacon), mix in canned blackeye peas and serve over rice. Don’t omit the hot sauce; it adds the dish’s signature heat. Helpful hint: If you’re substituting bacon for ham, use a sauce that includes chipotle peppers for a smoky flavor.

Whether you’re ringing in the New Year or gathering around the table for a weeknight dinner, blackeye peas add flavor and variety to any dish!

A Comforting Soup Warm up and ensure good luck with a delectable soup. This savory soup recipe combines ham, vegetables, blackeye peas and spices to create a hearty, feel-good dish. It makes eight servings, so you could easily freeze leftovers and have them for another meal.

A Unique Supper Want to play around with blackeye peas in a nontraditional way? Try this Greek-inspired recipe, which combines navy beans, blackeye peas and chicken with an oregano-infused, buttery sauce. It’s fancy enough for company, but it’s easy enough to cook on a weeknight.

Whether you’re ringing in the New Year or gathering around the table for a weeknight dinner, blackeye peas add flavor and variety to any dish!

* Tip: Blackeye peas aren’t the only brilliant beans. Learn how to make delicious recipes with black beans, pinto beans and baked beans.

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