Now that I am an expecting Mother traditions are more important than ever before. I love sitting under my own Mother and listening to her discuss our family traditions. One of the biggest traditions in Southern-based Black families are to eat Black Eyed Peas on January 1st of every year for Good Luck. While we usually have a feast of several types of foods Black Eyed Peas are the center of the meal and a Must Have on the menu.
While eating Black Eyed Peas for New Years is a tradition, it is also a wonderful time for family to come together, gather and discuss wishes and dreams for the upcoming New Year.
My Moms Black Eyed Pea Recipe is Super Simple (& Yummy!)
1 Pound Bag of Black Eyed Peas
2 Ham hocks OR 2 Turkey Wings
2 cans of chicken broth
Salt & Pepper (to taste)
Black Eyed Peas Instructions
If you have fresh Black eyed peas you can begin to cook them immediately. If you have dried beans you need to give them a good soaking overnight.
After they have been soaked, rinse all of the water off of them and place them in a pot. Add all of the ingredients, saving the onions. Make sure that the peas are completely covered by the chicken broth. You will probably not have enough liquid to fully submerge all of the peas. Add two cups of water to make sure that you have all of the peas covered.
Cook on low for 2 hours. They will easily burn, so you must stir them constantly and be careful not to over stir them as you do not want Black Eyed Pea Soup.
You can also cook your Black Eyed Peas in a slow cooker. This prevents you from potentially burning the peas. You will follow the same directions, however you will need to cook the peas on low for 4-6 hours.
Do not forget that you MUST have Hot Water Corn Bread to go along with the dish and hot sauce is a good topping!
So when you hear of people saying that they are having Black Eyed Peas or Black Ass Peas (as my Mother calls them) for the New Year, now you know why. This year with my little one coming more than ever I look forward to celebrating and sharing our family traditions and special life experiences and I hope that you will adopt them and share them with your friends and as well.
What do you do to celebrate good luck and blessings for the New Year?