In the South, black-eyed peas have long been thought to bring forth Good Luck and Prosperity. Black-Eyed peas must be eaten on New Years Day to ensure that all goes well for the upcoming year.
Black-Eyed Peas are always served with some type of green (collard, turnip, mustard or cabbage) which represent money and cornbread which represents gold. I don't ever want to temp fate, so every New Year's Day we have black-eyed peas, cabbage and a skillet of cornbread.
Beans and ham are a traditional pairing in the south, so a leftover ham bone from your holiday spiral cut ham is perfect for making this soup. If you don't happen to have a ham bone, use a ham hock or some diced smoked ham.
When it comes to black-eyed peas I usually use dry beans, but I also love the convenience of using canned, especially if I don't have time to soak the beans. My choice of canned beans is always Bush's, because they taste just as good as dried beans, but without all the fuss.
I hope you'll give this recipe a try and may you have a prosperous, healthy and joyful new year!
Slow Cooker Ham & Blackeyed Pea Soup
2 - (15.8 ounce) cans BUSH’S® Blackeye Peas, drained and rinsed
2 - cups cooked ham, diced
2 1/2 - cups water
4 1/2 - cups low sodium chicken stock
1 - small onion, diced
3 - medium carrots, peeled and diced
2 - ribs celery, diced
1 - teaspoon dried sage
1 - teaspoon dried thyme
1 - teaspoon dried oregano
1 1/2 - cups fresh or spinach, optional
1/2 - teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
2 - tablespoons lemon juice
1 - cup cooked white or brown rice, optional
Combine all ingredients in slow cooker except spinach, red pepper flakes, lemon juice and rice.
Cover and cook 4-5 hours on low. Stir in spinach, red pepper flakes and lemon juice. Cook an additional 15 minutes. Stir in cooked rice before serving, if desired.
Cook's Note: Instead of using spinach, I used one can of Bush's Blackeye Peas with Snaps.
Adapted from: Bush's Beans
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