In the South, black-eyes peas have long been thought to bring forth good luck if eaten on New Year's. No one knows for certain where the tradition came from, though it's thought to date back to the Civil War. Having Black-Eyed Peas on New Year's is a Southern tradition, Whether it's true or not, traditions are traditions and who wants to tempt fate. Eating Black Eyed Peas is considered good luck, While the Cabbage represents money, a/k/a prosperity. That is what we do every year we stick to tradition. My husband will eat the black eyed peas, but wont touch the cabbage. Me, I love them both. I actually kind of look forward to New Years Day this is one day that I never ever have to fight over food LOL. So, bring on the good luck and eat some black eyed peas, don't forget the southern fried cabbage. I want to wish everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year. May all you dreams and wishes come true.
The night before you want to serve your peas sort through your peas for any pebbles or stones. Cover the peas with water you want to make sure there is enough water so they don't dry up. They will need to soak overnight. In the morning drain and discard the water.
These are the ingredients you will need: dry black eyed peas (1 lb bag), 1 can 14 1/2 oz stewed tomatoes, onion, water, salt, pepper, garlic powder, vegetable oil (not pictured) ham or ham hock.
Place the pre soaked black-eyed peas in 8 quart pot. I am going to be using the crock pot version to make my peas. You can do this in a large pot or crockpot.
Add the 4 cups water to the pot .
add oil, salt, garlic powder and pepper
Puree the tomatoes in a blender before adding to the pot
add the cubed ham and
cover and cook on high for about 5 hours, then turn to low for another 2 hours or until peas are tender.
New Years Day Black Eyed Peas
(stove top method)
1 pound dry black-eyed peas
4 Cups Water
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 cups cubed cooked ham or one ham hock
salt and pepper to taste
1 pinch garlic powder
1/2 - 1 onion, diced
1 (14.5 ounce) can whole or stewed tomatoes (pureed)
Sort through your beans for any pebbles or stones. Cover the beans with water you want to make sure there is enough water so they don't dry up. They will need to soak overnight. In the morning drain off the water and discard. Place black-eyed peas in 8 quart pot. Add the 4 cups water to the pot . Stir in ham and diced onions, and season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Place tomatoes in a blender or food processor, and blend until the tomatoes are liquefied. Add tomatoes to pot. Bring all ingredients to boil. Cover the pot, and simmer on low heat for 2 1/2 to 3 hours, or until the peas are tender. If using a ham hock remove and add the meat from the ham hock to the pot of beans.
Crock Pot Version:
You can also prepare the beans in you crock pot. Pre soak peas overnight. Drain the water from the peas and place peas in a crock pot. Add the 4 cups water, onions, seasoning, tomatoes and ham. Stir well to mix. Cover and cook on high for 5 hours then turn to low for about 2 hours or until the peas are tender.
Southern Fried Cabbage
3 - 4 slices bacon, cut into thirds
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 head cabbage, cored and sliced or cubed
1 small onion, chopped
1/2 cup water
1 - pinch white sugar
2 - beef bouillon cubes crushed or granules
Place the bacon and vegetable oil into a large pot over medium heat. Cook for about 5 minutes, or until bacon is crisp. Add cabbage, onion, sugar, salt, pepper, water and crushed bouillon cubes to the pot; cook and stir the cabbage as it cooks. Cook until tender but still crisp. I cooked mine about 10 - 15 minutes on medium heat.
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~ Tina ~