A Traditional Recipe for New Year's DaY

Southern Style  Black-Eyed Peas 

Black-eyed peas, simmered with a ham bone, are a traditional New Year’s Day dish. You'll love the hearty, smoky flavor.

The black-eyed peas represent coins on your plate.  They symbolize prosperity and wealth in the new year.

Serve the black eyed peas with collard greens, pork or ham, and cornbread for good luck all year long. 

1 pound dried black-eyed peas 1 ham bone, ham hock or ham seasoning packet salt and pepper

How to make them



Wash the beans well.  Place in a pan and cover with water. Let them soak, covered, overnight. 

Next Step

Wash and soak the beans


After beans have soaked overnight, drain and rinse them.  Return beans to a pot and cover with water.  Season with salt and pepper, about 1 teaspooon each. 

Next Step


Add a ham bone, ham hock or fatback to the pot.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 1½ to 2 hours, until peas are tender and thickened.

Serve as a side with pork, collard greens and cornbread.  Season beans with hot sauce or homemade pepper jelly for extra flavor. 

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