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!
What a year this has been! We’re counting down to a new year and in celebration, we’re sharing a single serving black eyed peas recipe.
In the south, black eyed peas are traditionally served on New Year’s Day. The black eyed peas symbolize prosperity. They are said to deliver good luck because they resemble little coins. The black eyed peas swell when cooked which 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 black eyed peas recipe with you today.
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 black eyed peas.
Since I no longer need to cook as much food, I use a much smaller amount. In fact, since I’m making black eyed peas to serve one person, I find it easier to use canned black eyed peas instead of dried.
Begin by cooking together bacon, chopped onions, and minced garlic in a small saucepan.
Add in the canned black eyed peas and simmer.
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 black eyed 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 black eyed 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
To go along with the black eyed peas, I would suggest serving:
This black eyed peas recipe will yield enough for two servings if served with a side dish.
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Black Eyed Peas Recipe
- 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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