Today, Becky Means shared her recipe for classic black-eyed peas on Eating Our Words. Here's our favorite non-traditional black-eyed pea recipe, a crowd pleaser for sure.
Purists know that the traditional New Year's Day meal also features collard greens, stewed tomatoes, and cornbread. The peas, which swell when cooked, symbolize prosperity; the greens represent money; the tomatoes bring health; and the cornbread is that sweet, sweet gold. The catch, of course, is that the black-eyed peas are the luck staple -- eating the greens without the peas, for example, will not do the trick, and instead bring fireballs, locusts, and acid rain upon thee. Or something like that.
Add a shiny penny to the pot just before serving, and whoever receives the serving with the penny receives the best luck of all.
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The recipe, after the jump.
Black Eyed Pea Dip
- 2 cans black eyed peas
- 1 can white shoepeg corn
- 1 can Rotel tomatoes
- ½ bunch green onions, chopped
- 1 tomato, diced
- 1 yellow pepper, diced
- 1 purple onion, diced
- ½ bunch chopped cilantro
- 1 small can chopped green chilies
- Juice from ½ lime
- ¼ cup Balsamic vinaigrette
- Salt and pepper to taste
Mix all ingredients well. Serve with Fritos Scoops.