Happy New Year! We celebrated today with a traditional Southern New Year's Day meal: cabbage & black eyed peas. The peas are said to symbolize health, the cabbage wealth (green) & cornbread on the side for gold. I have no idea who makes this stuff up or where the tradition comes from... my crazy family has been making this on New Year's Day for as long as I can remember...
Growing up my mom would roll a head of cabbage in every room of our home for good luck before she cooked it. Don't worry.. she kept it in the packaging during this step...;)
Southern-Style Black-Eyed Peas
adapted from this recipe by Paula Dean
4 slices bacon
1 medium onion, chopped
1 (16-ounce) package dried black-eyed peas, washed & sorted
1 (12-ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 cups water
Cut bacon into 1" pieces. In a large stock pot, cook bacon. When bacon is fully cooked, remove and set aside on a paper towel to drain. Add the onions to the bacon drippings in the pot and cook until tender. Next add beans, diced tomatoes, salt, chili powder, pepper & water. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Cover and cook for 1 - 2 hours, stirring occasionally. Serve with bacon sprinkled on top.
adapted from this recipe by food.com
4 slices bacon
1 small onion, chopped
2 lbs green cabbage, cored and coarsely chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup water
Cut bacon into 1" pieces. In a large stock pot, cook bacon. Add the chopped onion and cook in bacon drippings until tender. Next add the cabbage, salt & water. Reduce to low heat and cook for 1 hour or until cabbage is tender, stirring occasionally.