Saturday, January 1, 2011

New Year's Day Must Have - Black-eyed peas!

If you've ever lived in the south you know that New Year's Day means Black-Eyed Peas. The superstition goes that eating this on the first day of the year means good luck - and I'll take whatever I can get! Tonight's menu is a Prather smoked quarter ham doused in whole grain dijon mustard mixed with a little oj and baked with scalloped potatoes topped with gruyere (tonight I used regular russets) and of course black-eyed peas.

Black-Eyed Peas for Luck

1 bag of dried black-eyed peas
some sort of pork product (couple slices raw bacon, ham hock, chopped up ham, or like today I threw in a couple smoked pork chops from Prather)
1 clove garlic peeled but left whole
Krazy salt - this is so000 southern!

Soak the beans for a few hours, drain and add about 6 cups water, your pork and the garlic and cook over low heat about 1 hour or until soft. Season to taste with Krazy salt and tabasco. Good luck for the rest of the year! Oh, Rich loves these with ketchup on them.

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