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Recipe: Black-Eyed Pea Dip

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.

The recipe, after the jump.

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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.

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