Black Eyed Peas for Luck

Black Eyed Peas for Good Luck

Years ago I was going to go to a potluck on New Year’s Day and asked my friend Rachel what to bring and she said black-eyed peas for good luck. Um, ok… never heard of that however I had just become obsessed with The Pioneer Woman and had her cookbook. Southern tradition holds that the first food to be eaten on New Year’s Day should be black-eyed peas for luck and prosperity — specifically, one pea for each day of the year. I am not sure about eating 365 black eyed peas in one day, however if you make this recipe, you just might gobble it all up! 

If you would like to know more than you should about this tradition, check out this article on Trip Savvy.

I have adapted this recipe, it is the absolute best. BTW I DOUBLE IT.

Zannie’s Black Eyed Pea Dip (vegan style) 

1 (14-ounce) can black-eyed peas

1/4 whole onion, chopped fine

1/4 cup sour cream (Non dairy Daiya Sour Cream) 

8 slices pickled jalapenos

1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated (Non dairy Daiya Cheddar style)

3 tablespoons salsa

hot sauce, to taste

salt and black pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Drain black-eyed peas and partially mash, leaving some whole.

Add all other ingredients, stirring to combine.

Spread into a 1 1/2 quart baking dish and bake for 20 to 30 minutes until hot and bubbly.

Serve with tortilla chips!

*Note: if you have them available, you can use the canned black-eyed peas and jalapenos (they’re canned together.) If you do this, you can omit the extra jalapenos.

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