Black-Eyed Pea Recipes for New Year’s Good Luck

by Dorothy Reinhold on December 28, 2014

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Black-eyed peas signify good luck for the New Year.


In the Southern U.S., eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day is supposed to bring prosperity in the new year. The peas are cooked with a cut of pork for flavoring and salt (maybe bacon, maybe fatback, maybe hog jowl) and onion, and served with peppery vinegar and wilted greens — collard, turnip or mustard. 

  • The peas swell when cooked, so they stand for prosperity. Some people also say the beans symbolize coins.
  • The greens stand for money — green bills! (My favorite, in case you are wondering.) 
  • The pork is used because pigs root forward when foraging, representing positive motion.
  • Cornbread is served with the meal because it tastes darn good and it just belongs.

I adore black-eyed peas, and have found them so good in so many dishes.

Let’s get lucky!

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 What’s YOUR favorite black-eyed pea concoction?

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