December 31, 2013 by applesandarteries
It’s a Southern tradition in the U.S. that eating black eyed peas on New Year’s Day will bring luck and prosperity in the new year. The peas, since they swell when cooked, symbolize prosperity, greens symbolize money, and pork (because pigs root forward when foraging) represents positive forward motion.
The only time I’ve tried black-eyed peas has been in Georgia and they were made into a delicious hummus.
I started to dig around Pinterest for a healthy crock-pot soup but many used ham/bacon/pork. I decided to create my own soup and it has been a huge hit! We’re enjoying it on New Year’s Eve and I’m sure there will be leftovers for New Year’s Day!
Black Eyed Pea Crock-Pot Soup
2, 15 oz cans black eyed peas (rinsed and drained)
1 onion, chopped
4 carrots, chopped
1 clove garlic
1 tsp. all-purpose seasoning (I used Bragg)
1 Tbsp. chili seasoning
1 Tbsp. smoked paprika
1, 28 oz can diced tomatoes (I used Dei Fratelli)
1, 32 oz container chicken stock (I used Kitchen Basics unsalted)
2 cups water
1 package Applegate Sweet Italian Chicken/Turkey Sausage, chopped
Garlic Salt and Fresh Ground Pepper to taste
2 cups greens (spinach, kale, etc.)
1. Heat a pan on the stove and coat with a very small amount of olive oil. Cook the onion, carrots, and garlic until softened a bit or onions start to brown.
2. Add all ingredients except the greens into a crock-pot and cook on high at 4 hours and then keep it on warm for about another hour to let the flavors meld.
3. About 30 min. before you are ready to eat the soup, add in the greens and let wilt.
Cooking Notes: This could easily be made in a soup pot on the stove. Cooking the onions and carrots before putting in the crock-pot gives a nice flavor to the vegetables. The smoked paprika provides the smokey taste without having to use ham. Ham could certainly be substituted for the sausage or this could be made vegetarian.
Do you have a black eyed pea recipe to share? Do you have any traditions for closing out one year or ringing in the New Year?