Serving black eyed peas on New Year’s Day is a southern tradition that has been handed down for as long as I can remember. Even as a child I recall my Granny and Mama always having a fresh pot of black eyed peas and a hot skillet of cornbread ready for our New Year’s Day lunch. My recipe mirrors my grandmother’s, but with a vegetarian twist (if using vegetable broth) that is sure to please. Legend has it if you start your New Year with a bowl of black eyed peas you will have a year full of prosperity, so let’t get cooking!
Black Eyed Peas Recipe
- 5 cups (1.5 lbs.) black eyed peas, fresh or frozen
- 6 cups vegetable broth, or chicken broth (low sodium)
- 2 stalks of celery, cut into 4 sections
- 1 small sweet onion, peeled and cut into wedges, or a small handful of shallots
- ¾ tsp ground black pepper (or to taste)
- 1 tsp garlic powder (or to taste)
- 1 tsp kosher salt (or to taste)
- ½ tsp garlic and herb seasoning (I use McCormick)
- In large stock pot place all ingredients and combine all flavors.
- Bring peas to a boil and then reduce to simmer.
- Cover and cook for an hour or until peas are tender.
- I do not serve the celery, I leave the stalks in for flavor.
- Serve black eyed peas with a nice slice of cornbread and enjoy!
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