Happy New Year! I hope everyone has a delicious and prosperous 2019!
Let’s start the year off with some food that is suppose to bring wealth and good luck to you in the new year. According to southern tradition you should eat black-eyed peas for prosperity on the first day of the new year. They take it a bit further and add cooked collard greens to signify the color of money for even more luck.
I have been making black-eyed peas on New Years day for about a decade now, not sure I’m any more lucky than I would be without them, but i’m not gonna tempt fate! So here is my easy slow cooker version of black-eyed peas! I like to serve with rice and a poached egg on top for a full meal. I use kale as my green and use no bacon like traditionally used as I like to have a vegetarian meal to start the year.
Give this recipe a try, even if it’s not on the first of January, you’ll still be lucky to have a delicious meal!
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 yellow onion, chopped
- 1/2 pound cremini mushrooms, sliced
- 1 bell pepper, any color
- 5 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 cups dried black eyed peas
- 4 cups vegetable broth or non-chicken chicken broth
- 1 14 ounce can diced fire roasted tomatoes
- 1 teaspoon basil, dried
- 1 teaspoon oregano, dried
- black pepper to taste
- cayenne pepper to taste 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon
- 1 teaspoon smoked salt, I use an alder smoked salt
- 1 bunch fresh kale, washed and diced
- Heat the olive oil in a large pan and sauté the onion, mushrooms and bell pepper until all are softened and the mushrooms have released their juices. This will take about 10 minutes. Add the garlic in and sauté another minute. Transfer to a slow cooker.
- Add the black-eyed peas, broth, tomatoes, and seasonings to the slow cooker as well. Cover with lid and cook on low for 8 hours, or high for 5 hours. About 1 hour prior to finish, stir in the kale and continue to cook.
- Season with salt if needed.
- Serve over fresh rice, along with a poached egg or sour cream and tabasco for a kick!
- You can mix the cooked rice into the Black-Eyed Pea stew and reheat together for leftovers!