8 ways to make black-eyed peas for New Year's Day

Serving up black-eyed peas for the New Year is a cherished Southern tradition believed to bring health and good fortune for the coming year. A hearty bowl of legumes is also a nice break from all of the heavy and rich feasting during the holiday season. From Hoppin' John to a spicy cajun slow-cooker soup there are many easy ways to cook up black-eyed peas.

Enjoy these black-eyed peas recipes from our Stir It Up! bloggers to help you ring in the New Year.

The Runaway Spoon
Simmer black-eyed peas with country ham, onions, tomatoes, chilis, and seasoning before baking beneath a crusty cornbread topping.

1. Black-eyed peas for New Year's Day

The Runaway Spoon
Black-eyed peas.

By Perre Coleman Magness, The Runaway Spoon

Serves 6 as a side, or 3 as your whole meal

1 pound black-eyed peas
3-4 ounces country ham, cut into pieces
3 cloves garlic
2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
2 cups water
A few grinds of black pepper
1 really good dash of hot sauce, plus more to serve

1. Pick over the black-eyed peas to get rid of any green or bruised ones. Put the peas, ham and garlic in a pot, add the broth and water, then stir in the hot sauce and pepper.

2. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, cover the pot and simmer for about 45 minutes.

3. Remove the cover and cook a further hour, until the liquid is reduced and the peas are very tender. Stir occasionally to prevent the peas from sticking to the pot, but if you stir too much, they’ll get mushy.

4. You can remove the ham and garlic before serving or leave them in. Serve warm.

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