It is a SoutSouthern tradition States that the first food to be eaten on New Year’s Day should be black eyed peas for luck and prosperity — specifically, one pea for each day of the year. To really ensure a good year, add a mess o’ greens for wealth
Back Eyed Pea’s Stew
1 lb. fresh or dried black-eyed peas, rinsed and picked over
1 cup chopped onions
2 cloves garlic, peeled
1 qt. or more water, as needed
3⁄4 tsp. salt
1⁄2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1⁄4 tsp. Hot Sauce
1⁄2 lb. smoked sausage Your Choice of meat
1⁄4 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves
1⁄2 cup chopped green onions
cooked rice to serve over or mixed in.
♥ Combine the peas, onions, garlic, water, salt, black pepper, Hot Sauce, and sausage in a large, heavy pot or Dutch oven. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until the peas are tender and creamy, 45 minutes for fresh peas and about 2 hours for dried peas.
♥Stir in the parsley and green onions and cook for about 2 minutes longer.
Serve either over Rice or Mix it in.
This can also be made in an Instant Pot. cook time 8 minutes