Servings: 8-10 Time: 4-6 hours
It’s a southern tradition to eat black-eyed peas on New Years Day. The humble pea (which is more like a bean) is thought to bring good luck and fortune in the up-coming year. There are a ton of different theories that can date back 1,500 years but just know one thing: they taste delicious IF prepared the right way. Way back in the day, some considered the black-eyed peas to be suitable only for animals, the only reason why they didn’t destroy the crop. There are a variety of explanations for the symbolism of black-eyed peas. One is that eating these simple legumes demonstrates humility and a lack of vanity. The humble nature of the black-eyed pea is echoed by the old expression, “Eat poor on New Year’s, and eat fat the rest of the year.”
Paired with my Collard Greens (http://wp.me/p46hiD-1H) and some Savory Sausage Skillet Corn Cake (http://wp.me/p46hiD-3J) on the side, hot damn! You got yourself a meal right there! Great way to start off a great year!
What you’ll need:
-1 lb bag of dried black-eyed peas, soaked overnight
-2 smoked turkey wings or ham hock or any salted pork
-1 small onion, chopped
-2-3 garlic cloves, minced
-1-2 bay leaf
-2 tsp seasoned salt, soul food seasoning or Old Bay
-1 can of stewed tomatoes *optional
-1 jalapeno or red pepper flake *optional
Soak your black-eyed peas the night before. I know, its New Years Eve and you’ve got places to go and people to see, but this will only take a minute. Pour them in a bowl and cover with water 2 inches above the peas. Cover and set aside. To make it a little easier to prepare this on New Years Day, especially in a hung over state, chop the onions and garlic ahead of time and keep in the fridge. Now go party.
These are smoked turkey wings. They are a party just by themselves. Aren’t the beautiful? I know, I’m weird about stuff like this.
Start throwing everything into the crock pot. There is no order, just do it. After last night’s party, I know the last thing you want to do is slave away in the kitchen.
Now cover all that goodness with enough water to exceed 2 inched above the black-eyed peas. Just like when you soaked them. It should look something like this.
Cover, set the crock pot on low and forget about it for 4 to 6 hours.
The black-eyed peas should be nice and tender and the turkey should be falling off of the bone. Remove the wings and when they are cool enough to handle, pull all of the meat off and add back into the crock pot. Adjust the seasoning to your taste. If you like spicy, add more spice! Duh!
They should look something like this. Isn’t that a wonderful sight?
Don’t forget to share all this deliciousness with your family, friends and neighbors!! Happy New Years!!