Good Luck – New Year’s Eve Creamy Black-Eyed Peas

April 10, 2015
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If you’ve ever been to the Southeast United States to celebrate the New Year, chances are you were offered black-eyed peas. Whether it was a formal black-tie dinner or a casual backyard barbeque, these flavorful legumes are the first food to be eaten on New Year’s Day. According to Southern folklore, eating black eyed peas on New Year’s will bring you luck and prosperity throughout the New Year.

Whether black eyed peas are actually lucky or not is up to you, but we can tell you that this recipe is one of our favorites. It’s so simple and delicious you may find your family craving it all year long! 

Prep Time: 25 Minutes
Cook Time: 1 Hour (Soak Time 3-24 hours)
Yield: 6 Servings
Difficulty: Medium


  • 1 lb dry black-eyed peas
  • 1 medium yellow onion (diced)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 bunch collard greens (chopped)
  • ¼ cup sour cream (using low fat or fat free will not produce the desired creaminess)
  • 3 tbsp butter (devided)
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp red pepper flakes
  • dash hot sauce
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  1. Put dried black-eyed peas in a bowl and cover with enough water to cover plus ½ inch. Cover the bowl and place in fridge for at least 3 hours, but preferably overnight.
  2. Drain and thoroughly rinse your black-eyed peas, rinse for 2 minutes longer than you feel you need to insure that all the dirt partials are cleaned out of the black-eyed peas.
  3. Place black-eyed peas in a large Swiss Diamond pot and submerge with water. Place the pot over medium heat and bring to a boil, once boiling, reduce heat to low and cover.
  4. In a medium Swiss Diamond fry pan, heat butter over medium heat. Once melted cook onions and garlic until translucent and fragrant.
  5. Add onion mixture, along with the collard greens to the black-eyed peas. Stir to combine.
  6. Cook 15 minutes more, or until the black-eyed peas are tender. Drain bean mixture, reserving ½ cup of water.
  7. Place bean mixture and reserved water back in the pot, and turn heat up to medium. Add the rest of the ingredients to the pot. Stir to combine.
  8. Heat 5 minutes or until warmed throughout. This recipe is best served warm, but will hold in refrigerator for up to 1 week.
  9. Get creative with the garnish. We recommend choped fresh cilantro, red bell pepper cut into thin strips, or fresh jalapeno pepper slices.

Do you have a good luck meal for the New Year? Let us know in the comments.