Clearly I’ve been living under a rock for the past thirty some years because I did not know that you are supposed to eat black eyed peas on New Years Day for good luck… I googled it and good old wikipedia says this, “Eating black-eyed peas on New Years Day is thought to bring prosperity.” It goes on to give the history of why this is so, dating back to the Jewish New Year and even gives some traditional ways of preparing them… I figured I’d consult an “expert” in preparation, The Pioneer Woman, and by golly she has a recipe… I’ve never met a PW recipe I didn’t like so here you go:
Zannie’s Black Eyed Pea Dip
1 can (14-ounce) Can Black-eyed Peas
1/4 whole Onion, Chopped Fine
1/4 cup Sour Cream
8 slices Jarred Jalapenos
1 cup Grated Sharp Cheddar Cheese
3 Tablespoons Salsa
Hot Sauce, to taste
Salt And Black Pepper To Taste
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Drain black-eyed peas and partially mash, leaving some whole.
Add all other ingredients, stirring to combine.
Spread into a 1 1/2 quart baking dish and bake for 20 to 30 minutes until hot and bubbly.
Serve with tortilla chips!
*Note: if you have them available, you can use the canned black-eyed peas and jalapenos (they’re canned together.) If you do this, you can omit the extra jalapeños.
For step by step instructions with pictures go here!