Ah, the humble black-eyed pea. I love that we start our year with this non-glamorous legume as a symbol of good luck and prosperity for the new year – kicking off the year grounded to tradition and simple food as a way forward to bigger and better things. I know not everyone share’s my enthusiasm, but I love everything about black-eyed peas from shelling the peas to their earthy flavor, and I look forward to a heaping helping of beans on New Year’s Day.
As Lillian and I scoured the internet for recipes, we found some great new ideas. The primer from Livestrong is a great place to start if you haven’t cooked dried peas before. I can’t wait to make the paella from Virginia Willis’ blog and the fritters look like the perfect recipe for that family member or friend who isn’t a big fan of black-eyed peas. Personally, I see a batch of the hummus in my future for my football binge watching.
Do you have a favorite black-eyed pea recipe? Share it with us and we’ll add it to our Pinterest board.
Happy New Year and cheers to a prosperous 2015!
Black-eyed Pea Paella, Virginia Willis
Black-eyed Peas and Pancetta with Pickled Okra, In Monkey Slippers
Accara (Black-eyed Pea Fritters), Cooking with Siri
Grilled Shrimp with Black-eyed Peas and Chimichurri, Food & Wine
Black-eyed Pea Hummus, Kalyn’s Kitchen
Black-eyed Pea and Collard Green Soup, The Gallery Gourmet
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