Black eyed peas. Oh, boy, there’s some history and symbolism behind these healthy little critters! Their claim to fame is usually around New Years. Cooking up a big pot of black eyed peas (and collards), especially if you’re Southern, is just what you do on New Years Day. These little beans represent prosperity for the new year.
Typically, I season any kind of bean with some kind of pork. And, for these black eyed peas, I’m using thick cut bacon. But, I’m not stopping at the bacon seasoning. After those beans are about tender and cooked, we are going to throw in a healthy amount of diced pork chops. Yes, just buy boneless pork chops, not super thin, and dice them up. These nuggets of meat add to the tastiness of the black eyed peas soup.
I’ve decided to give these beans a fancy ‘Frenchie’ flair. And, once you check out the ingredients, you’ll understand what you’ll be doing. Yes, this French onion flair sure does take these beans from maybe just plain and lowly to rather prissy and special. And, who doesn’t love something green with their beans? Well, by adding fresh spinach, you not only have your greens, but you have a healthier bowl of black eyed peas.
Start you new year off on the right foot. Even though it’s probably just a old wives tale about luck and prosperity and black eyed peas, I don’t want to chance it. So you can rest assured, a big pot of them will be on my stove come New Years Day! xox ~ally
Oh oh oh! If you love navy beans, then you must try this recipe with tiki masala!
- 1 lb. dry black-eyed peas
- 2 slices thick cut bacon
- 1 tsp. sea salt
- 1 package (1.4 oz.) Knorr French Onion Recipe Mix
- 2 Tbl. Bragg Nutritional Yeast
- ½ tsp. red chili flakes
- 2 cups diced pork chop meat, small dice
- 2 cups fresh spinach, roughly chopped, packed
- Rinse and clean the dried beans well. Put in a large stock pot. Cover with six cups of water and salt. Add the bacon.
- Cover (leaving lid slightly askew). Turn heat to high. Bring to boil. Let the beans cook about 60 to 75 minutes boiling down the water but not letting it go dry. (Add water as needed to cover beans.)
- Turn heat to medium. Add the French Onion mix, nutritional yeast and red chili flakes. Cover and cook another about 30 minutes. Remove the bacon and discard.
- Turn heat to medium low. Add pork. Let the beans simmer cook another about 20 to 30 minutes.
- When ready to eat add the fresh spinach.