Have you ever wondered why Black Eyed Peas are a traditional New Year’s food in the south?
The tradition started during the Civil War. In those times, black eyed peas were grown only to feed livestock and slaves, and so the Northern army left these fields alone (no pillaging or burning). So, Southerners were “lucky” to have black eyed beans to eat even when other crops were destroyed. Thus, the humble bean became a hero.
Who doesn’t need more good luck for the New Year, I ask you?
We here at Apron Strings decided our New Year’s gift to you, our lovely readers, should be the gift of lucky food. And so here are some of our favorite black-eyed pea recipes from around the web.
First up, our very own Fried Black Eyed Peas. I watched an episode on Food Network where my culinary crush Alton Brown described eating deep fried black eyed peas. (( And, yes, in case you were wondering, I do have a poster of my crush Alton hanging in my pantry.)) He loved the “ca-woosh” of crunching down on them and the crispy salty exterior with the soft creamy interior. Who, I ask you, besides Mr. Brown, would create a word like “ca-woosh”???
I am not normally a fan of these legumes, but after I saw this I just HAD to make these for New Years’ Day.
I must say they are a hassle to make but SO worth it. The crispy crunch is delightful and the flavor is superb when these beans are tossed with salt and Old Bay. DO make these and you will forget all about luck and get lost enjoying a big ole bowl with your lucky friends and family.
If you need MORE luck, take a look at these other fabulous black-eyed creations from around the web:
Traditional Southern Dishes:
Lucky New Year’s Dips:
Hot and Cheesy Black Eyed Pea Dip, Aggie’s Kitchen
Hoppin John Dip, Frugal Foodie Mama
California Style Mississippi Caviar, Weary Chef
Vegan Hoppin’ John, Tory Avey
Jalapeño Black Eyed Pea Hummus, Kitchen Treaty
Cowboy Caviar, Valerie’s Kitchen
Black Eyed Pea Hummus with Sun Dried Tomatoes, Hezzi-D’s
Black Eyed Innovations:
Rainbow Power Greens Salad with Black Eyed Peas, Cotter Crunch
Black Eyed Pea and Kale Salad in Salumi Cups, Farm Fresh Feasts
Black Eyed Pea and Chirashi Rice, Farm Fresh Feasts
Black Eyed Pea Hummus with Olive Oil and Sumac, Kalyn’s Kitchen
Paella Texas Style, Cotter Crunch
Black Eyed Pea Spinach and Mushroom Gratin, Cooking on the Weekends
White Bean Black Eyed Pea Avocado Crostini, Valerie’s Kitchen
Chorizo Black Eyed Peas, Magnolia Days
Vegan Sloppy Black Eyed Peas, Healthy Slow Cooking
Black Eyed Pea Paella, Hezzi-D’s
Lucky Black Eyed Pea Soup with Chicken Sausage and Bell Peppers, Kalyn’s Kitchen
Slow Cooker Ham and Black Eyed Pea Soup, Aggie’s Kitchen
Black Eyed Pea Soup with Collard Greens and Sausage, The Blond Cook
Black Eyed Pea and Sausage Stew, The Blond Cook