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Recipe: Black-Eyed Pea Dip

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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.

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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