This Southern Black Eyed Peas recipe is a New Year’s Day tradition. Ready in minutes, these black eyed peas are seasoned with bacon, onions, and garlic. Bring good luck into your new year with this incredibly delicious single serving recipe!
In the south, black eyed peas are traditionally served on New Year’s Day. The peas symbolize prosperity. They are said to deliver good luck because they resemble little coins. The swelling of the peas when cooked symbolizes our wealth expanding in the coming year.
I grew up eating black eyed peas along with a side of cabbage and cornbread on New Year’s Day and I’m happy to be sharing this simple recipe with you today.
See recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.
- chopped onions
- canned black eyed peas
How To Cook Black Eyed Peas
When my kids were all living at home, I would make a big pot of black eyed peas on the stove and would use roughly a pound of peas.
Since I no longer need to cook as much food, I use a much smaller amount. In fact, since I’m making the dish for one person, I find it easier to use this canned black eyed peas recipe instead.
- Begin by cooking together bacon, chopped onions, and minced garlic in a small saucepan.
- Add in the canned black eyed peas and simmer.
Leave out the bacon if you’d like to make a vegetarian black eyed peas. Sauté only the chopped onions and garlic in oil before adding the peas.
Using Dried Black Eyed Peas
If you would like to use dried beans, you certainly can. You will only need about a quarter cup and the cooking time will be longer. The peas will need to be soaked either overnight or by using a quick-soak method. You can read all about those methods HERE.
After the peas have soaked, rinse and drain them and set the peas aside. Cook bacon and the vegetables in a medium sized pot and add the black eyed peas. Add enough water or broth to the pot to almost cover the peas. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cover. Cook for 30 to 35 minutes or until peas are tender..
What To Serve With Black Eyed Peas
- Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls For One
- Cornbread For One
- Baked Rice For One
- Mini Irish Soda Bread
- Beer Bread For One
Ways To Use Leftover Ingredients
If you have any ingredients left over from this recipe, you might like to consider using them in any of these single serving and small batch recipes:
- Bacon: Pasta Carbonara, Potato Soup, Baked Beans
- Onions: Beef Stew, Salisbury Steak, Lentil Stew
- Garlic: Chicken Margherita, Buttered Noodles, Garlic Smashed Potatoes
- Black eyed peas: Black Eyed Peas Hummus
This recipe will yield enough for two servings if served with a side dish.
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- 2 strips bacon , cut into 1/2-inch pieces
- 1/2 cup chopped onions
- 1 clove garlic , minced
- 1 15-ounce can black eyed peas , rinsed and drained
- Cook the bacon pieces in a 2-quart saucepan over medium heat until crisp.
- Add the chopped onions and minced garlic and cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add the black eyed peas to the onions and reduce heat to low. Cook, stirring occasionally for 10 minutes.
The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionists’ advice.
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