Generally the day before New Year’s Eve in the kitchen pots are clanging and pans are banging in preparation of The Good Luck Feast, and dishes that represent Southern tradition are on my New Year’s Day menu. Many of the recipes have been passed down from generation to generation. Over the years variations have been tried and the rivalry between family members to show off their own culinary expertise has brought some very interesting results.
The soul food that shared centers around a love of food and family, memories of those gone before us and a rich cultural heritage. There are some staples of the New Year’s feast that a down-home cook must always include to guarantee a year of prosperity and much-deserved accolades.
Whether you believe in “peas for pennies, greens for dollars or bread for gold,” as good luck in the new year or not, these dishes are sure to afford you some mighty good eating.
Wishing You and Yours A Blessed (prosperous) 2018!
12oz package dry black-eyed peas
2-3 meaty ham hocks
½ c red bell pepper diced
½ c green bell pepper diced
¾ c onion diced
1 stalk celery chopped
2 cloves garlic crushed
2 tsps. Turmeric
½ tsp cayenne pepper
Salt & pepper to taste
Cover beans in water and soak overnight. Drain and sort. In a dutch oven saute vegetables with spices, add ham hocks, cover with water. Cook meat ½ hour add beans cook until meat is tender. Check beans occasionally you may need to add more hot water. Approximately 2 ½ to 3 hours. May be cooked in a crockpot overnight. You may use frozen beans. Cook meat thoroughly before adding beans.
Tip: when cooking beans & greens add ½ to 1 tsp baking soda to the boiling pot. It'll foam for a few minutes releasing gases that can cause discomfort to sensitive digestive systems. 😊