Just in time for the New Year, here’s a tasty, lighter recipe for Smokey Black-Eyed Peas served up with Garlicky Collard Greens and Cornbread- to ensure luck, prosperity, and good fortune in the coming year. Vegan and GF.🥂
We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.~ Edith Lovejoy Pierce
So no, not a traditional Southern recipe, but a lighter, leaner take on it. If going vegan- be sure to check out the vegan version of this Skillet Cornbread (in the recipe notes).
Ingredients in Black Eyed Peas
- Dry black-eyed peas (or substitute canned)
- Spices: smoked paprika, allspice
- Veggie stock or bean broth
What to serve with Black-Eyed Peas
How to make Black-Eyed Peas
Cook the Black-Eyed Peas. You can cook the black-eyed peas in an Instant Pot or on the stovetop. I used the Instant Pot, and cooked on high pressure for 15 minutes with no prior soaking. They came out perfect. Feel free to simmer on the stove, covered with an inch of salted water until tender ( about 1 hour).
(You could also make the cornbread if serving.)
Drain the black-eyed peas, but reserve the Bean Broth.
In a large skillet, saute onion and garlic, and add spices.
Once the onions are golden and caramelized add the cooked black-eyed peas.
Season generously with salt. I added a rounded teaspoon. Taste and adjust spices, bumping them up if you like.
Add bean broth or veggie broth to loosen. Keep warm.
Make the Garlicky Collard Greens. (Do this while the beans are cooking) I like to make a huge batch of this! (3 bunches!) .
Make the Gremolata. (Do this while the beans are cooking).
Assemble the Black-Eyed Peas and Collard Green bowls!
Top the black-eyed peas with a big portion of collard greens and drizzle the whole thing with the herby gremolata.
Add extra chili flakes if you like!
Serve with warm cornbread.
The beans and collards will keep up to 4 days in the fridges and the gremolata will keep 5-7 days.
Black Eyed Peas, Collard Greens and Cornbread
In Southern tradition- the black-eyed peas represent copper pennies, the collard greens represent cash, and the cornbread represents gold. A very prosperous New Years Day meal. 😉 Some folks even suggest you should serve exactly 365 peas- one for each day. 😉
Black Eyed Peas and Collard Greens – a fun and tasty New Years Day tradition!
✨ Wishing you a very happy and sparkly New Year!
More recipes you may enjoy:
- Italian Baked Beans and Greens
- Cuban Black Bean Soup (Instant Pot w/ Dry Beans)
- Lemony Corona Beans with Olive Oil, Garlic & Herbs
- Cassoulet Vert
- Our Favorite Vegan Chili
- Our Favorite Homemade Cornbread