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Black-Eyed Peas with Bacon ~ For Luck on New Year’s Day!

Black-eyed peas soak up the flavors of garlic, bacon, and thyme in this savory soup that is said to bring luck and prosperity when eaten on New Year’s Day…but is so tasty that you’ll want to make it all year long!

Black-Eyed Peas with Bacon ~ eat on New Year's Day for a lucky and prosperous year! | {Five Heart Home}January 1st is right around the corner, and in these parts, that means two things: New Year’s resolutions and black-eyed peas! In the south (and perhaps beyond? Please enlighten me!), eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day supposedly brings you luck and prosperity in the coming year. Now I’m not particularly superstitious, but I do love associating food with tradition and specific holidays, so I’ve been whipping up a pot of black-eyed peas on New Year’s for a number of years now.

Black-Eyed Peas with Bacon ~ eat on New Year's Day for a lucky and prosperous year! | {Five Heart Home}However, I have a little confession. I don’t actually like black-eyed peas. In fact, I’ve always kind of thought they taste like dirt (or what I would imagine dirt to taste like, since I don’t eat dirt on a regular basis).

At least that was the case until this recipe entered my life. You see, when you cook otherwise-unexciting black-eyed peas with generous amounts of fresh garlic, crispy bacon, and aromatic thyme, the legumes (they aren’t actually peas, you see) soak up all of those flavors and transform into a bowl of goodness that black-eyed pea aficionados and haters alike would be enthusiastic to eat…not only on New Year’s Day, but all year long!

Black-Eyed Peas with Bacon ~ eat on New Year's Day for a lucky and prosperous year! | {Five Heart Home}If you’ve never really fancied black-eyed peas, I think this recipe will change your mind. If you already traditionally eat black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day, I think you will enjoy this new way to prepare them. And if you’ve never before ingested a black-eyed pea — or never eaten them for luck on New Year’s — I encourage you to give this recipe a whirl! After all, how can you go wrong with savory beans in a garlic and thyme-infused broth, studded with fresh parsley and bacon?! We all know that bacon could make dirt taste good, so in my book, its use in this recipe elevates the humble black-eyed pea from tolerable to outstanding.

Black-Eyed Peas with Bacon ~ eat on New Year's Day for a lucky and prosperous year! | {Five Heart Home}Black-Eyed Peas with Bacon: try them on the 1st for a lucky and prosperous 2014, and I’m pretty sure you will end up making them again and again, the whole year through…because they are just that darn good. ;)

Black-Eyed Peas with Bacon ~ eat on New Year's Day for a lucky and prosperous year! | {Five Heart Home}

Black-Eyed Peas with Bacon ~ Luck for the New Year!

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

Black-Eyed Peas with Bacon ~ Luck for the New Year!

Black-eyed peas soak up the flavors of garlic, bacon, and thyme in this savory soup that is said to bring luck and prosperity when eaten on New Year's Day...but is so tasty that you'll want to make it all year long!

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces bacon
  • 2 tablespoons fresh minced garlic (about 4 large cloves)
  • 10 cups unsalted chicken stock
  • 1 pound dried black-eyed peas, soaked* and drained
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 2 cups fresh parsley, chopped
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Directions

  1. Heat a large pot over medium heat. Using a pair of kitchen shears, snip bacon slices into 1-inch segments and place in pot. Cook, stirring often, until bacon is crispy. With a slotted spoon, remove bacon to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Pour bacon grease from pot, reserving about 1 tablespoon in pot.
  2. Add garlic to pot and stir for 1 minute or until it begins to turn light golden brown. Pour in chicken stock, black-eyed peas, bay leaves, thyme, parsley, pepper, and half of the cooked bacon pieces. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer and cover. Cook for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, stirring occasionally, or until black-eyed peas are tender. If liquid gets low before peas are done, add an additional 1 to 2 cups of chicken stock. (And if you desire less liquid by the time peas are done, simmer uncovered for 10 or so more minutes.)
  3. Remove bay leaves and serve soup with reserved bacon crumbles and fresh chopped parsley sprinkled on top.

Tips, Tricks, & Variations

*REGULAR SOAK METHOD: Sort out any stones and shriveled/broken pieces, and then place black-eyed peas in a large bowl and cover with a couple inches of cool water. Allow to soak for 8 hours or overnight. Drain.

*QUICK SOAK METHOD: Put sorted beans in a large pot and cover with a couple inches of cool water. Bring to a boil and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat, cover, and allow to soak for 1 hour. Drain and proceed with recipe.

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  1. Samantha, wow, your photos are absolutely gorgeous! I’ve never heard of eating black-eyed peas for luck on New Year’s Day but I absolutely love the idea!!! Pinning and sharing! I hope you had a wonderful holiday with your lovely family and wishing you much happiness and joy for 2014! Enjoy the last Monday of the year!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thank you, as always, for the kind words, Cindy! I think you should definitely try black-eyed peas for a lucky New Year…let’s spread the tradition northward! ;) I appreciate you stopping by and I wish you nothing but the best in 2014!

  2. This recipe sounds great! I’m not a big black eyed pea eater either but my husband would love this! Thanks!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      I really think you’d like these, too, Sami…with all of the bacon, garlic, and thyme, they don’t even taste like black-eyed peas anymore! ;) Thanks so much for taking the time to comment. Happy New Year!

  3. Interesting, I never knew black eyed beans were associated with luck!! That’s so cool. I am African and all kind of superstitious and we love our black eyed beans too. So I will be trying this recipe on NYD just because. You pictures are beautiful. Happy New Year’s in advance Samantha!

  4. What pretty pictures! I really want to try your recipe this year. I am a Texan and have always eaten black eyed peas on New Years Day (I think they taste like dirt too). Usually I swallow a spoonful & go on my way but these look great! Thank you and Happy New Year!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Ha ha, Ivy…well, I hope this recipe allows you to actually enjoy a whole bowl of black-eyed peas this year, instead of just forcing a spoonful! ;) Thanks so much for stopping by. Hope you have a wonderful New Year, too!

  5. I’ve heard of it, but never remember on New Years (It is not traditional in the NorthEast). Fortunately I am going shopping tomorrow so I think I will pick up some black eyed peas to give it a try. I could always use some extra luck! Pinned :)

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      I totally agree, Sherri…it never hurts to go for extra luck! ;) I’m glad you’re going to give these a try and I hope you enjoy them. Thanks so much for the pin! Happy New Year!

  6. These black eyed peas look fabulous Samantha. I grew up eating them for new year’s every year. My grandma always made them and they were something I looked forward to every December. Thanks for reminding me I need to learn to cook them. Happy New Year!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks so much for stopping by, Julie! Hope you got to enjoy some black-eyed peas today! :) I love it when food and nostalgia are linked. I actually didn’t start eating black-eyed peas for New Year’s until I was older (my mom is from Germany and didn’t know anything about it when I was growing up), but it’s become a fun tradition in my family now. Happy New Year!

  7. I live in the south and we do like our black eyed peas. I love the flavor profile of this version. So would our readers!
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  8. Looks yummy :)

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  9. not only does this looks simply delicious, your pics are stunning!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      You are so sweet, Heather…thank you! I can say the same when I visit your blog. :) Hope you’re having a great weekend!

  10. These pictures are so beautiful, Samantha. I could swear I could reach out and pull one of those beans right out of my computer screen! I love black eyed peas and would be happyt to make this any time of year :)

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks, Andi! And you’re so right…I tend to relegate black-eyed peas to New Year’s Day, but they’d be tasty any time of the year! Thanks for the reminder that I must make them more often. :)

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