Happy New Year! This year’s black-eyed pea recipe is my favorite so far…and the easiest, as it spent all day in the slow cooker. The smoked turkey leg added a ton of flavor and made this dish more of a meal. Here’s to a fantastic 2015. Cheers!
Smoky & Spicy Black-Eyed Peas (Adapted from myrecipes.com)
3 cups fresh shelled black-eyed peas
1 large onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1-2 jalepenos, minced
2 cups turkey (or chicken) broth
1 smoked turkey leg (about 12 oz)
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/4 tsp salt
Fresh ground pepper to taste
1 bay leaf
Place everything except hot sauce in the slow cooker and stir well to combine. Set the slow cooker on low for 7-8 hours. Stir to break apart turkey meat, then remove the bone and bay leaf. Serve with hot sauce and enjoy lots of good luck in the New Year!
- New Year’s Day Good Luck Soup
While I am not an overly superstitious person, I do love the southern tradition of eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day to bring good luck and prosperity throughout the year. Every January 1, I attempt a new recipe that incorporates tomatoes, greens, and black-eyed peas. This year’s version was the best to date — a great way to kick off my New Year’s resolution of trying at least one new recipe each week. I started with Ellie Krieger’s Minestrone Soup as the base, but left out the beans and pasta and instead added black-eyed peas and baby spinach. I did not expect my children to do much more than dunk their bread into the soup and perhaps scoop the parmesan off the top, but it turns out that my oldest daughter Samantha may actually be the superstitious one — she picked out those peas to ensure her year was going to be a good one. I think I may like this resolution thing.