Best wishes from our black eyed pea stew to you! Wishing all your dreams come true and that every bite brings you a fresh start, new beginnings and promise for a brighter future at midnight. Happy New Year!!
Black eyed peas are a traditional New Years Eve dish that has thought to bring prosperity in the New Year. There are many cultures that serve these in many different forms, but here in the US it is particularly represented in the south. There are many accompaniments for this meal, but according to Wikipedia, “the traditional meal includes collard, turnip or mustard greens and ham. The peas, sine they swell when cooked, symbolize prosperity, the greens symbolize money, the pork, because pigs root forward when foraging, represents positive motion. Cornbread also often accompanies this meal and symbolizes gold.
I told Ludmilla I really wanted to make black eyed peas for New Years, and since we just purchased (I know, I’ve never had one!) a slow cooker, it was the perfect time to make this stew. I wanted a rich, thick and meaty black eyed pea dish, so I added lots of pork product and let it cook overnight. At the last minute we added the collard greens. It was so comforting and automatically made us feel lucky in the New Year!!
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- 2 lbs. black eyed peas
- 2 lbs. smoked ham hock
- 8 pieces bacon, cut into 1 in. pieces
- 2 tsp. kosher salt
- 1 large onion, studded with 4 cloves
- 1 bay leaf
- ½ tsp. black pepper
- ½ tsp. allspice
- 6 whole garlic cloves
- ¼ c. of your favorite hot sauce
- 2 lbs. collard greens, cut into ribbons
- Put all ingredients except the collard greens into a slow cooker.
- Cover with water and chicken stock to cover by one inch.
- Set to low and cook for 6-7 hours or until tender.
- Add collard greens and cook another hour.
- Adjust seasonings.
- Serve in bowls by itself or alongside cornbread or grits.
My Brazilian flair… farofa!!
Beijos e Tchau!!!