If you are a Southerner or a Southerner at heart , black-eyed peas have long been associated with good luck. Tradition says that a dish of peas at New Year’s will bring luck and prosperity for the new year. If you add greens which symbolize money, you’ll have a great combination of wealth and prosperity .
And seeing how the economy is going nowadays , we can all use a little help, hey, it can’t hurt to try! You’ll be surprised by the great smokey earthy flavors, the nutrition is off the charts , but you don’t have to tell your family that, just say “for good luck and prosperity” . Our version is easy to make and uses ham instead of hard to find ham jowl or hock . The result : a tasty and healthy dish to ring in the New Year. ENJOY!
2 pints fresh black eyed peas or 2 cans cooked black eyed peas, drained
1/4 cup chopped ham
6 cups water water
1 cup white wine
3 TBSP olive oil
1/2 pound chopped collard greens, mustard greens or spinach ( either fresh or frozen)
1 large onion, coarsely chopped
salt and pepper to taste
In a large skillet over medium heat , heat olive oil then add onion and ham, cook till onions are translucent. Add peas and wine, sauté for 5 minutes turn off heat and cover. Meanwhile, bring salted water to a boil in a separate pot. Add greens and parboil for 2-3 minutes max. Remove at once and place in large serving bowl. Add pea mixture, salt and pepper to taste and ENJOY your luck for the new year!