Mommy's Kitchen - Recipes From my Texas Kitchen: Southern Black-Eyed Peas & Pan Fried Cabbage {New Years Day Tradition}

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Southern Black-Eyed Peas & Pan Fried Cabbage
{New Years Day Tradition}

In the South, black-eyed peas have long been thought to bring forth good luck if eaten on New Year's. No one knows for certain where the tradition came from, though it's thought to date back to the Civil War.

Having Black-Eyed Peas on New Year's is a Southern Tradition, Whether it's true or not, traditions are traditions and who wants to tempt fate. Eating Black Eyed Peas is considered good luck, While the Cabbage represents money, a/k/a prosperity. That is what we do every year we stick to tradition.

My husband will eat the black eyed peas, but wont touch the cabbage. Me, I love them both. I actually kind of look forward to New Years Day this is one day that I never ever have to fight over food LOL.

So, bring on the good luck and eat some black eye peas, don't forget the southern fried cabbage. I want to wish everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year. May all you dreams and wishes come true.

These peas can be cooked on the stove top or the crock pot. I have included both recipes at the end of this post. The night before you want to serve your peas sort through the peas for any pebbles or stones. Cover the peas with water you want to make sure there is enough water so they don't dry up. They will need to soak overnight. In the morning drain and discard the water. Place the soaked black-eyed peas in 8 quart pot. 

Add the water, oil, salt, garlic powder and pepper, onions, and pureed tomatoes (I pureed the tomatoes in the blender) before adding to the crock pot. Add the ham hock and the cubed ham. Cover and cook on high for about 5 hours, turn to low and cook for another 2 hours or until peas are tender.

Ladle into bowls and serve with a wedge of cornbread and pan fried cabbage. 

Southern Black-Eyed Peas {Stove top version}

1 - (16 oz) package dry black-eyed peas
4 - cups water or 
2 - cups water and 2 cups chicken broth
1 - tablespoon vegetable oil
1 - ham hock 
2 - cups cubed cooked ham 
salt and pepper to taste
1 - pinch garlic powder
1/2 - 1 onion, diced
1 - (14.5 ounce) can whole or stewed tomatoes (pureed)

Sort through your peas for any pebbles or stones. Cover the peas with water you want to make sure there is enough water so they don't dry up. You will need to soak the peas overnight. In the morning drain off the water and discard.

Place peas in 8 quart pot. Add the 4 cups water/broth to the pot. Stir in ham, ham hock, diced onions, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Place tomatoes in a blender or food processor, and blend until the tomatoes are liquefied.

Add tomatoes to pot and then add the oil. Bring all ingredients to boil. Cover the pot, and simmer on low heat for 2 1/2 to 3 hours, or until the peas are tender. Remove the ham hock and any meat of the bone and add to the peas. Ladle into bowls and serve. 

Crock Pot or Slow Cooker Version:

You can also prepare the peas in your crock pot. Soak peas overnight. Drain the water from the peas and place peas in a crock pot. Add the 4 cups water or broth and water, onions, seasoning, tomatoes, ham hock and ham. Stir well to mix. Cover and cook on high for 5 hours then turn to low for about 2 hours or until the peas are tender. Remove ham hock and any meat from the bone and add to the peas. Ladle into bowls and serve. 

Lets not forget about the cabbage. 

 Southern Pan Fried Cabbage


3 - 4 - slices bacon, cut into pieces
1/4 - cup vegetable oil
1 - teaspoon salt, or to taste
1 - teaspoon ground black pepper
1 - head cabbage, cored and sliced or cubed
1 - small onion, chopped
1/2 - cup water
1 - pinch white sugar
2 - beef bouillon cubes crushed or granules

Place the bacon and vegetable oil into a large pot over medium heat.

Cook for about 5 minutes, or until bacon is crisp.

Add cabbage, onion, sugar, salt, pepper, water and crushed bouillon cubes to the pot; cook and stir the cabbage as it cooks.

Cook until tender but still crisp. I cooked mine about 10 - 15 minutes on medium heat.

If you're looking for a good cornbread recipe try my mother in laws Mexican Cornbread

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Debbie said... #

I've never had black-eyed peas, bu they sure look good.
You always make me want to come to dinner at your house.

Joan said... #

Hi Tina! Thanks so much for the reply to my email. I think I got it on my page right although I am not through with it. That plate on this post looks DELICIOUS! What a true true true southern meal. That is what its all about!
Happy New Year to you!

My New 30 said... #

Looks great!

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Patti said... #

Both of those sound good, Im gonna print those out for next year. Thanks for sharing!

Amber said... #

Happy New Year from Oklahoma! We had a big dinner with black eyed peas yesterday, but no cabbage. My grandma always says we should eat the peas for prosperity, but she's never mentioned cabbage..hmm..oh well,the peas were yum-o anyway!

Emily said... #

Oh yes, I'm very much a southern girl and enjoyed this meal yesterday!!! We always leave 1 pea for luck! If only we had some hot-water corn bread! Yum..!!! =]

Joie de vivre said... #

May 2009 bring you lots of luck!

Sandy said... #

Looks very tasty!

Teresa Cordero Cordell said... #

Tina, HAPPY NEW YEAR! My mother always ate black eyed peas on New Year's Eve. I didn't know about the fried cabbage though. Cool.

Have an excellent 2009 my friend.

Grabmale said... #

This casserole reminds me on this my mother always did. But I can't remember that she put black peas in it!?

Lynn said... #

After we tweeted about BE peas yesterday I knew I wanted to try these. So, these are going on the menu plan in the next week or two. Question though, do you think bacon or sausage would also work or is the ham the best choice?

Mommy's Kitchen said... #

Hi Lynn, The ham is probably the best choice. Especially if you have any ham leftover from Christmas. We had turkey so i did not have ham. I bough a package at superwalmart of ham shanks it had 6 meaty ones in the package. I used three and am saving three for pinto beans. I got a lot of meat off of them. I have never used sausage just ham or smoked ham hocks. The ham gives the beans a great flavor. Hubby told me he loves them so much we need to make them more often. When i bought the northern beans today I bought more BE peas. I hope this answers your? I dont think the bacon would give enough flavor. I throw the ham shanks in at the begining for optimal flavor.

Anonymous said... #

black eyed peas and collard greens on New Year's day for luck and money always help :) thnak you for teh recipie though my family does not eat eitehr I still cook it hoping both will continue or improve :)

Tina at Mommy's Kitchen said... #

That isn't collard greens it's cabbage. My family won't eat collards but they are getting better with cabbage.

Sheena said... #

Tried this recipe today and loved it!! It will be a new tradition for us to eat this every New Years! Thanks for posting!

Anonymous said... #

I seen this post and decided to make it at my job for my individuals i aid in their home, its still cooking but my lordy it smells so good and i taste tested the broth and it already tastes so yummy nothing like how my mother taught me thank you for the bost!

Bruce Sweatt said... #

And don't forget the cornbread

Anonymous said... #

Made it for the first time! Delish and easy! A Happy, Hea
lthy and Prosperous New Year to all!

coleen said... #

I'm not s southern girl but we always have black eyed peas on New Years day. For some reason I forgot all about it. Well it is 3:30 am so I guess I will buy some canned ones. I do have cabbage. Never tried fried cabbage before. I will try it. Sounds good.

Anonymous said... #

I love all your recipes so Thank you so much for sharing The only thing that is wrong with the peas and cabbage is I can't have the onion and oh I miss it so much! Just have to use the powder or granules. But it better than nothing!
Thank you again for your Recipes

Linda Walker said... #

I am making this now for my family it smells amazing. The black eyed peas, cabbage, cornbread we can't wait to see how it tastes. .

Shannon Beaulieu said... #

Could you make these without the tomatoes? My hubby isn't a big fan of big chunks of them. If so what could I use to still have that flavor but without chunks of tomatoes.

Margaret said... #

Have you ever made the fresh black eyed peas or other fresh peas like cream peas or purple hull in a crock pot? Would it be same times as with the soaked dried?

Tina Butler said... #

I prepare my cream peas and purple hull peas different from black eyed peas. I do prepare the cream peas and purple hull peas the same way. Here is how I make them.