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Black Eyed Peas Recipe & History

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Why do Southerners eat Black Eyed Peas on New Year’s Day?
The story of the Southern tradition of eating black-eyed peas as the first meal on New Year’s Day is generally believed to date back to the winter of 1864 – 1865.
When Union General William T. Sherman led his invading troops on their destructive march through Georgia, the fields of black-eyed peas were largely left untouched because they were deemed fit only for animals.
The Union foragers took everything, plundered the land, and left what they could not take, burning or in shambles.
But two things did remain, the lowly peas and good Ol’ Southern salted pork.
As a result, the humble yet nourishing black-eyed peas saved surviving Southerners – mainly women, children, elderly and the disabled veterans of the Confederate army – from mass starvation and were thereafter regarded as a symbol of good luck.
The peas are said to represent good fortune. Certainly the starving Southern families and soldiers were fortunate to have those meager supplies.
According to the tradition and folklore, the peas are served with several other dishes that symbolically represent good fortune, health, wealth, and prosperity in the coming year.
Some folks still traditionally cook the black-eyed peas with a silver dime in the pot as a symbol of good fortune.
Greens represent wealth and paper money. Any greens will do, but in the South the most popular are collards, mustard greens, turnip greens, and cabbage.
Cornbread – a regular staple among Southerners in the absence of wheat – symbolizes gold and is very good for soaking up the juice from the greens on the plate.
You should always have some cornbread on hand in your kitchen anyway. Good for dinner and in the morning with syrup.
Pork symbolizes bountiful prosperity, and then progressing into the year ahead. Ham and hog jowls are typical with the New Year meal, though sometimes bacon will be used, too. Pigs root forward, so it’s the symbolic moving forward for the New Year.
Tomatoes are often eaten with this meal as well. They represent health and wealth.
So reflect on those stories when you sit down at your family table and enjoy this humble, uniquely Southern meal every New Year’s Day. Be thankful for what this year did give you in spite of the bad, and hope and pray for better days that are coming ahead for you.
This was what your Southern Kinfolk did and reflected upon every year.

Black Eyed Peas Recipe

The Rogue
The best Black eyed Peas. These can be prepared the day before and are best if let to sit anyway.
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Course Dinner
Cuisine American


  • 1 Large Pot


  • 5 cups Dried Black Eyed peas These need to be soaked the night before cooking. 8 yo 12 hrs
  • ½ lb bacon chopped before frying
  • 1 large Onion
  • 4-8 cloves garlic chopped
  • ¼ lb Ham Chopped up
  • 3 Tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 tsp Cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp Tyme
  • ½ tsp Black pepper
  • ½ tsp Rogues' Cajun Seasoning
  • 1 Tbsp Paprika smoked preferred
  • 3 Bay Leaves
  • 1 Pint Chopped Tomatoes
  • 4-5 cups Beef or chicken broth The best broth is homemade
  • 1 Ham Hock


  • Soak your beans. place bean in large pot cover with cold water place lid on pot and set aside for 8 to 15hrs. Check once in a while as beans will soak up allot of water.
  • Pour beans into strainer and rinse well and set aside.
  • Using large pot you soaked beans in rinse it well. heat pot up on med to med high. Throw chopped bacon in and fry.
  • When bacon is just about don toss in onion and garlic fry until onion is clear.
  • Throw in chopped up ham and fry a few minutes more
  • Toss in Olive oil and all the spices and stir well.
  • Pour in Tomato can and the Broth and stir well
  • Add the hamhock
  • now pour all the beans back into the pot. Bring to a boil then lower temp to a low simmer. Cover and let simmer for 5 to 8 hrs. Remember to check once in a while and top up with water.
  • If your doing this late in the day you can simmer until bed time turn off heat and leave covered over night. In the morning turn back on to simmer until dinner.
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