Are you familiar with the tradition of eating Black-eyed Peas on New Year’s Day in hopes of bringing good luck and fortune in the coming year? Well you can enjoy our recipe for Black-eyed Peas and Ham below, see photo and watch a fun video.

Black-eyed Peas and Ham

Eating Black-eyed Peas on New Year’s Eve is supposed to bring you luck, or so says Southern tradition. Why leave it to chance when you can cook up a delicious pot of black eyed peas instead? 

Black-eyed Peas and Ham Recipe

TIP: If you cook your Black-eyed Peas at a low simmer instead of a boil it will keep the skins from bursting and give your finished dish a better appearance. Also, add salt after cooking is complete otherwise it can make the beans tough.

3 1/2 C canned or frozen black-eyed peas thawed
3 C chicken stock or canned low-salt broth
4 oz finely chopped ham
1 C onion, chopped
2 T balsamic or red wine vinegar
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 bay leaf
1/2 tsp thyme
1/4 tsp (more to taste) crushed red pepper
pepper to taste

Serves 6

Bring all your ingredients to boil in heavy large saucepan. Reduce heat to a low simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until peas are tender, about 45 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
Happy New Year and the very best of luck!

Cooking Black-eyed Peas and Ham Video