This southern black-eyed peas recipe is a warm and soulful food that says happy new year better than any dish out there!
Originally, this Southern traditional dish was/is served on New Year’s Day to bring good luck throughout the year! Now, whether, you believe that a certain food will influence the outcome of your year or not, I can guarantee that this delicious dish with a subtle bacon flavor will please your taste buds.
- 4 cups fresh/frozen black-eyed peas
- 5 slices of bacon
- 6 cups chicken broth
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 stalk celery, diced
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- Sort and wash the black eyed peas and set aside.
- In a heavy sauté pan or 5 quart Dutch oven, cook bacon until crisp and then set aside to drain on paper towels.
- Sauté the onion, garlic, and celery in the bacon drippings until tender.
- Add in the chicken broth, salt, pepper and peas and bring to a boil. (Skim top if necessary)
- Lower heat to simmer then crumble the bacon and add to peas mixture.
- Taste and adjust for seasonings with pepper and salt if needed.
- Cover and simmer for about 30-60 minutes or until peas are tender.
- Serve and enjoy.
Note: This recipe could easily be turned into a vegetarian-friendly black eyed peas recipe by omitting the meat and using vegetable broth instead of chicken broth.