Diane Hopson's StoryAs long as I can remember,we had black-eyed peas & greens on New Year's Day.
Throughout the coastal South, eating Hoppin' John on New Year's Day is thought to bring a prosperous year filled with luck.
The peas are symbolic of pennies or coins, and a coin is sometimes added to the pot or left under the dinner bowls.
Collard greens, mustard greens, turnip greens, chard, kale, cabbage etc. along with this dish are supposed to also add to the wealth since they are the color of money.
Another traditional food, cornbread can also be served to represent wealth being the color of gold.
bag dried black-eyed peas
1 to 2 tsp
baking soda (optional)
meaty ham bone (i used a ham bone i had in the freezer from our thanksgiving ham) you can use ham hock or chopped ham
onions, chopped and divided
3 to 4 clove
long-grain white rice (not minute rice)
10-oz can rotel tomatoes
bell pepper, chopped
2 to 3
ribs of celery, chopped
jalapeno pepper, minced
everglade seasoning to taste
salt and pepper to taste (i used cayenne pepper)
3 to 4
green onions, sliced
red pepper flakes to taste, optional
1Soak peas. I used the 2 hour method for soaking peas; Rinse and sort peas. Combine 8 to 10 cups of cold water, carrot, baking soda and peas in a large pot. Bring to a vigorous boil; boil for 2 minutes and remove from heat. Let peas soak for 2 hours.
NOTE: The carrot and baking soda is a little trick that was passed on from my grandmother and mother. They both believed that this will reduce gas. Not sure this is true but I have been cooking dried peas and beans this way for years without a problem.
2Once peas have soaked, add meaty ham bone, 1/2 of the chopped onions, garlic and bay leaf. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to a med-low and simmer 20 to 30 minutes until peas are tender but not mushy.
NOTE: If necessary, add additional water to cover peas.
4Add 2 1/2 cups of water to the pot and bring to a boil; add rice and bring to boil; reduce heat, cover and simmer for 10 to 12 minutes.