Sharon e-mailed the Kitchen Shrink that she wanted to cook black-eyed peas for New Year’s Day but wasn’t sure how to prepare them so that her family would like them. Serving black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day to bring good luck and prosperity has been a tradition in the South-East since the Civil War and there are lots of ways to serve them.
Black-eyed peas are available dried, canned, frozen, and occasionally in the produce section rehydrated so they will cook quickly. If you have dried black-eyed peas, see my cooking instructions below. If you have frozen, or rehydrated, cook them following package directions. And, if you have canned ones, just drain and rinse them. Once you have cooked beans, they can be combined with rice and ham or sausage for a traditional Hoppin’ John, combined iwth cooked greens and ham, tossed with dressing for a salad or “Texas Caviar,” pureed and seasoned for a dip, or (my favorite) made into cakes and served with a delicious sauce. Check out my recipe for Black-Eyed Pea Cakes with Salsa Mayonnaise.
If you have dried black-eyed peas, here’s how to cook them:
margaret prior Says:
June 10th, 2012 at 7:56 am
Here in Va, Tidewater to the Shenandoah Valley, we always had black eyed peas and stewed tomatoes (aka “irish tomatoes”)with hog jowl (cheeks?/ guanchale?) for good luck on new yrs day. Still eat some riff on that theme during the first week of the new yr. Will try the black-eyed pea cakes and salsa mayo soon. Love your show on pbs “create”; this website is wonderful.
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