Wednesday, December 31, 2014

10 Black-Eyed Pea Recipes for New Year's Day

Posted By on Wed, Dec 31, 2014 at 1:56 PM

Black-Eyed Peas With Ham Hock and Collards - COURTESY OF THE NEW YORK TIMES
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  • Black-Eyed Peas With Ham Hock and Collards

Eating black-eyed peas on New Year's Day is an American southern tradition said to usher in a year and luck of prosperity. The belief makes sense, because if any legume were to have magical powers, it would be the one with the eye that sees all, even the future. Here are 10 black-eyed pea recipes to ensure the next year is a good one.

Black-Eyed Peas with Ham Hock and Collards
For black-eyed pea purists, the New York Times has the traditional New Year's recipe with ham hock and collard greens. Sure, you can use ham bone or bacon, but, as it goes with most things, the inclusion of pork product is a must. Get the recipe here. 

New Year's Day Black-Eyed Peas

New Year's Day Black-Eyed Peas - ROB HOWARD/FOOD & WINE
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  • New Year's Day Black-Eyed Peas

You can can always be que fancy about it by making a black-eyed pea crostini with Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. Get the recipe at Food & Wine.

Chili Roasted Black-Eyed Peas

Chili Roasted Black-Eyed Peas - COURTESY OF MY RECIPES
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  • Chili Roasted Black-Eyed Peas

Make it a party snack by roasting black-eyed peas tossed in olive oil, chili and cumin. This recipe is easy to modify for those who like to get creative with spices. Get the recipe at myrecipes.com.

Accara (Black-Eyed Pea Fritters)

Accara (Black-Eyed Pea Fritters) - COURTESY OF SAVUER
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  • Accara (Black-Eyed Pea Fritters)

These crispy light fritters are a common street food in West Africa. Get the recipe at Savuer.

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