Good Luck Black Eyed Peas

I always remember my Grandmother and my Mother having Black Eyed Peas cooking on New Years. After I had my own home my Mother would call and remind me to be sure and "cook a pot of peas for New Years". There are many traditions around New Years food. If you eat buckwheat soba noodles in Japan you are thought to have long life. Eat 12 grapes at the strike of Midnight in Latin America and it is thought that you will have success in each month of the new year. In our family we ate the Black Eyed Peas for good luck in the New Year. If you added pork of any kind that would bring prosperity in the new year, while some believe that if you add greens that will also increase your pocket book with green bills. My Grandmother always put pork and collards in her black eyed peas while my Mother cooked her peas with pork without the collards. I am happy to share my Good Luck Black Eyed Peas with you. We cook these in the slow cooker and will have them ready to eat from midnight and all day on New Years day. The first thing we eat at midnight is a bowl of black eyed peas. When folks stop by our Cottage on New Years day, we always give them a bowl of black eyed peas, to bring good luck and prosperity in the New Year.

I use dried Black Eyed Peas. The peas that I will use in my Good Luck Black Eyed Peas this year were from our summer garden. They were purple hull peas, when they dried on the vine then we harvested them and I have saved them for New Years just like my Grandmother did. If you don't have dried peas from your garden you can buy dried Black Eyed Peas in most super markets. Some people will use frozen peas however the broth is different with the frozen peas, it is not as thick as the dried peas.

 Black Eyed Peas With Ham Hock Ready To Serve

Good Luck Black Eyed Peas
Miz Helen's Kitchen
2 cups dried Black Eyed Peas or Purple Hull Peas
1 Ham Hock
1 large yellow onion chopped
2 cloves garlic minced
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon dried parsley
Option: add 2 cups chopped Collard Greens, or 2 cups of chopped Chard , or 2 cups of chopped Kale.
8 to 10 cups water
  • You can soak the peas overnight or you can use the quick soak method for the dried peas.
  • I use the quick soak method for the dried peas. 
  • Pick out all the bad peas and rinse them very well. 
  • Pour 2 cups of dried peas in 8 cups of boiling water. Bring peas to boil and boil for 2 minutes. Remove from heat cover and let stand for 1 hour. 
  • Pour into Slow Cooker and add enough water back into the peas to equal 8 cups of water. 
  • Add the ham hock, onion, garlic and the seasons. 
  • If you are adding any of the greens be sure and add an extra cup of water at this time. 
  • Cook on high for 2 hours or low for 3 hours. 
  • Leave on simmer or warm to serve.

We like to serve our Good Luck Black Eyed Peas with Green Tomato Chow Chow and Corn Bread.

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Good Luck!

We sure hope that you enjoy your Good Luck Black Eyed Peas. We wish you the very best of everything for you and your family in 2011! Your visits are very special to me hope you will come back soon!
Happy New Year!
Peace and Joy
Miz Helen

Miz Helen
Miz Helen

Cookbook Author, Recipe Developer, Organic Gardner.


  1. I love the hope that the new year offers. It inspires me to want to clear the canvas and start on new adventures.We always make the black-eyed peas and I will be adding the jar that you sent thanks Mom. Love your new Badge:)

  2. These look so good! I make mine just about the same way, but I add a pinch or two of brown sugar for some added sweetness and serve them over Hot Water Cornbread or Sweet Cornbread! I believe I'll try your recipe this year! Can't wait!

  3. Hi there Miz Helen! My mother always insisted on eating black eyed peas for berakfast every New Year's morning for luck. Now I make them without the ham and with cornbread on the side. I hope 2011 is a very happy and healthy year for you! Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  4. Miz Helen your black-eyed peas look fabulous. They are just the way I've made them for years and my mother and grandmother before me. We do not cook our collards with the peas.

    It would not be a New Year without a bowl of black-eyed peas.

    Wishing you and your family a Happy and Healthy New Year.

  5. YUMMY I have my ham bone in with some Pinto Beans right now in the crockpot. it smells so good in here :)

  6. I am most definitely going to make this for New Year's day - thank you for introducing me to the wonderful new tradition.

  7. You know I love black eyed peas but the one New Year's I prepared them, I didn't have a very healthy year. So they didn't become a tradition at my house. Happy New Year!!!

  8. Thank you for visiting my blog and for the sweet comment! I completely agree that God puts people in our path that he wants us to meet! And I am sooo happy for you being a 12 yr cancer survivor. I am also happy that you did not lose the sight in your eye. Losing the sight in my eye has been difficult at times, but I've learned to adjust.
    Looking forward to getting to know you better! God Bless you my new friend! :-)

  9. What a lovely tradition! The black eyed peas looks really good cooked with the ham hock. We have a similar soup, black beans with pig's trotters cooked in a soup, simmered for several hours. Really yummy, and I can imagine the black eyed peas is really delicious too! Happy New Year to you and your family!

  10. Looks great! I hope they do bring you luck in the new year:-)

  11. Those look really good! We always have cabbage as well...for cash, I guess! Thanks for visiting Heart of A Country Home

  12. Hi! I love that we have such similar blog names! Our little cottage seems to be in the country to me, but really, it isn't. I attempted Black Eyed Peas recently, and they were pretty good, although I failed miserably at the dish they were cooked in. I have to try this one!!

  13. YUM! I love Black Eyed Peas! Thanks for linking up to TDT last week. Hope to see you again this week.

    Around My Family Table

  14. Just had to stop in and pin these black eyed peas:) I cook them every New Years but its fun to try a different recipe:)

    Happy New Year!!


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