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Black-Eyed Peas

Start the New Year with a dish of good luck!

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A staple in the Southern diet for over 300 years, black-eyed peas have long been associated with good luck. A dish of peas is a New Year's tradition in most areas of the South, thought to bring luck and prosperity for the new year. According to Jessica Harris, author of "Welcome Table," some add a dime to the peas for an extra "boost" of luck to the recipient. Greens, thought to symbolize folding money, are often eaten eaten with the peas. Hoppin' John, a dish made with black-eyed peas and rice, is one of the more popular ways of serving them, but many serve them in salads or simply cooked as a side dish.

Whether you're serving a full meal, appetizers, or gathering around the football game, one of these recipes is sure to fit into your New Year's menu plan.


Hoppin' John
Black-Eyed Peas and Smoked Shoulder
Black-Eyed Pea Dip
Hoppin' John
Southern Peas, Crockpot
Black-Eyed Pea Loaf
Texas Black-Eyed Pea Caviar Dip
Black-Eyed Peas and Hog Jowl
Chicken with Grits and Black-Eyed Pea Salsa
Gingered Black-Eyed Peas
Slow Cooker Hoppin' John
Cheesy Black-Eyed Pea Dip
Cowpeas and Rice - Hoppin' John
Curried Black-Eyed Peas & Bean Salad
Happy New Year Peas
Black-Eyed Peas with Ginger
Black-Eyed Peas Salad with Basil Vinaigrette

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