Friday, December 31, 2010

For New Year's Day: Marinated Black-eyed Peas.


Southern tradition holds that one should eat black-eyed peas on January 1st to ensure good luck for the New Year. I've made this recipe for Marinated Black-eyed Peas for about 15 years and have given them as neighbor gifts many times. I think they are fabulous, and other people seem to enjoy them as well.

Happy New Year!

Marinated Black-eyed Peas
can be halved or doubled easily

6 cans black-eyed peas (without bacon), rinsed and drained
½ large onion, sliced very thin
1½ cups olive oil
½ cup vegetable oil
1 cup balsamic vinegar (the woman who gave me the recipe emphasized that she used good quality balsamic; she told me to add a pinch of sugar for lesser-grade balsamic - I think I use good balsamic so I've never added sugar!)
3 garlic cloves, smashed or bruised
3 bay leaves
3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
3 teaspoons Cavendar's Greek Seasoning

Combine oils, vinegar and seasonings in a saucepan. Bring just to a boil. Pour over black-eyed peas and onions. Refrigerate for several days before serving, stirring occasionally. Remove garlic and bay leaves. Serve cold or at room temperature.



Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

Now that looks like a perfect recipe for tomorrow! Are they as good just marinated 1 day?

bevy said...

I'm adding this to my Paprika IPad recipe app! Sounds easy for tomorrow!

Happy New Year!

3 Peanuts said...

I really should make thse. Dave lways wants black eyed peas for NY and I have never made them!

Happy New Year!!!

3 Peanuts said...

Sorry for my typos:(

Wendy said...

Looks delicious! I too am making black-eyed peas for New Year's (with collards!) though I am using a different recipe. I will bookmark yours to try next year. Happy New Year!

linda said...

Happy New Year to your sweet family!

Susan at said...

Being the southern girl that I am - we also always have black eyed peas on New Year's. I am not always thrilled with the traditional version - neither are my children. We do usually have cornbread and other fixings that attract them to our New Year's Day spread. I like this idea... and I love the thought of giving them as a gift on New Year's Eve to friends. Thanks for sharing!

Have a blessed 2011! Susan

Bethany said...

Sounds yummy! I'll definitely have to try your recipe since my husband LOVES them! :)

Jan M said...

Will have to try this next year!
The best New Years gift this year was the Frogs' win at the Rose Bowl. Will must be having a wonderful time. Did you send peas with him?

maryelizabethroche said...

It may be a Southern tradition...but I'm stealing it for the Midwest!!

Happy 2011