Every year growing up we always ate black eyed peas on New Years Day to signify luck for the new year. They say the legumes symbolize “coins” and that you’re suppose to eat a boat-load of them, 365 to be exact, to ensure good luck each and every day of the new year.
Black eyed peas were never my favorite as a child, but I have always loved this family tradition. Today I’m sharing a classic and simple recipe for black eyed peas so you can ring in the year on a good note.
BLACK EYED PEAS:
2 cups dry black eyed peas
4 cups chicken stock
First you will need to soak the dried beans overnight. Place beans in a large bowl with water, covering the beans by a few inches. Once they soak overnight, give them a quick rinse in cold water.
Add peas and chicken stock to a large pot and bring to a simmer. Cook for about 25 minutes, stirring occasionally. Test beans for desired tenderness. Drain any remaining chicken stock and add salt. Serve warm.
Let me know in the comments if your family followed this tradition and what else you like to add to your NEW Years Day menu.
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