How to season your black-eyed peas?
I know a lot of people eat them on New Year’s day, especially if you live in the south. I include onions, garlic, and Cajun seasoning to add lots of flavor to my peas. I hope you enjoy them.
Have a Great New Year’s!
In most Southern homes, black-eyed peas are always served on New Year’s Day for good luck.
The legend around black-eyed peas is that Sherman’s troops during the Civil War destroyed all the crops in the South with the exception of the black-eyed peas. The black-eyed peas became the only food for the starving confederates. Now, the tradition of being considered lucky happens only if you eat black-eye peas on New Year’s day. My tradition for eating black-eyed peas for New Year’s is simply because they are delicious. They go well with melt in your mouth cornbread and a honey ham which I also serve on New Year’s Day. Black Eyed Peas and cornbread are a perfect meal anytime. When you add a ham to this menu, it is the perfect combination for New Year’s, Christmas, Thanksgiving, or Easter.
Southern Black Eye Peas
Serve them as a side dish or as a main dish over rice.
Crock-Pot Black-Eye Peas
- Wash the black eye peas and allow them to soak in water over night.
- Add the peas and ham bone to the crock-pot and enough water to just cover the peas.
- 1 ham hock – A honey ham bone is delicious. A Country ham bone is wonderful also but if using this do not add the extra salt. You can use 4 or 5 strips of bacon instead of the ham. Cook the bacon and leaved the rendered fat in the pot before adding the water. You need one of these things in any dried peas or beans.
- Add the chopped onion, garlic, salt, pepper, sugar, and Cajun seasoning.
- Cook the peas on low for 7 to 8 hours.
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