blondie's new year's day black-eyed pea casserole

★★★★★ 8
By Blondie Pussycat
from The Rockies!, NM

When I was growing up, it was customary to eat black-eyes on New Year's Day for good luck! It still is and there are tons of recipes for black-eyes on this site, cookbooks, and of course, other websites. I've been cooking some version of this recipe for over 30 years. It has evolved, as my taste has changed, but the basic recipe is buried in here. I hope y'all give it a whirl and enjoy it this Jan 1.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

This casserole is perfect for New Year's Day but, you'll be finding excuses to make it all of the time. Super hearty, it's full of meat, rice, and black-eyed peas. Fresh veggies and Rotel tomatoes add a lot of flavors and a little kick. Layers of gooey cheese holds the casserole together. Even if you don't love black-eyed peas, we think you'll like this casserole. Serve with a side of cabbage for the perfect New Year's Day meal.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
★★★★★ 8
serves 6-8
prep time 20 Min
cook time 1 Hr
method Bake

Ingredients For blondie's new year's day black-eyed pea casserole

  • 1 Tbsp
    EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)
  • 1 c
    dry rice of choice, I use jasmine rice)
  • 2 1/2 c
    beef broth or stock (stock is better)
  • 1/4 stick
    real butter, sliced
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • NOW YOU'RE TALKIN', SO LETS GET ON WITH THE MAIN DISH!
  • 3 Tbsp
    EVOO
  • 1 lg
    yellow sweet onion, chopped
  • 2 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 1/2 c
    celery sliced paper thin
  • 1 lb
    ground beef
  • 2 can
    or 4 cups black-eyed peas (do not drain!)
  • 1 can
    Rotel tomatoes and green chiles (do not drain!, 10 oz)
  • 1
    salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 lb
    cheddar cheese, sliced
  • 1 Tbsp
    fresh** or 1/4 cup jarred jalapenos, minced (optional, or to taste)

How To Make blondie's new year's day black-eyed pea casserole

  • Sauteeing onion, jalapenos, celery, onions, and garlic.
    1
    Preheat large deeps skillet over med-hi heat. Pour in EVOO. Heat till shimmery. Add onion, jalapenos, and celery, saute till onions translucent. Lower heat to med. Add garlic. Saute for 2 minutes.
  • Adding jalapenos and gound beef to brown.
    2
    Now add jalapenos. Add ground beef; salt and pepper to taste. Break up beef and saute till brown. Drain in a colander, if needed. Return it back to the pan, set aside.
  • Toasting rice in a skillet.
    3
    In the meantime in a 2 qt saucepan over med-hi heat, add EVOO. Heat till shimmery. Lower heat to med and add rice, stirring constantly till it turns light brown.
  • Adding broth, butter, salt, and pepper.
    4
    Add broth slowly; add S & P, and butter. Turn oven on @ 350*.
  • Simmer rice until it's cooked.
    5
    When rice comes to a boil, lower heat as low as possible, just so rice is simmering. Cover pan with a tight-fitting lid. Continue simmering for 20 minutes ~ do not stir during cooking time. Remove from heat when time is up.
  • Black-eye peas and Rotel added to ground beef.
    6
    In the pan with meat in it, pour in black-eye peas and Rotel. Fold in and put over med heat till hot.
  • Folding in the rice.
    7
    Now fold in rice gently. Adjust seasoning, if needed.
  • Ingredients poured into a greased casserole dish.
    8
    Spray 13x9 baking dish with cooking spray. Pour casserole into pan.
  • Cheese slices layered on top of the casserole.
    9
    Lay slices of cheese side by side until casserole is covered.
  • Black-eye pea casserole baking in the oven.
    10
    Bake in oven until cheese is browning around the edges of the pan. Remove from oven and allow to sit for 10-15 minutes.
  • Blondie's New Year's Day Black-Eyed Pea Casserole on a plate.
    11
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ENJOY~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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