A Texas New Year’s Menu

Happy nearly New Year’s!!!  I am simply gobsmacked that it’s nearly 2011!!!!!

I thought that I’d share a couple of ways that we southerners celebrate New Year’s with food and traditions.

We eat 12 grapes at midnight, one for each month of the year and each strike of the clock — we make a wish on each grape.  (This is adapted from a Latin tradition)

grapes and champagne

Because we like it pretty — I drop them in our champagne (or sparkling cider) and we eat them after we toast.

Black-eyed Peas (no, not the musical group)

Texans, Blackeyed Peas and New Year’s are pretty much synonymous.

Blackeyed Peas are eaten in Texas (and many other southern states) on New Year’s Day because they are believed to bring prosperity for the coming year. This superstition tradition is so firmly ingrained in us Texans that even Blackeyed pea haters like my husband will eat Blackeyed Peas on New Year’s Day.

The reason for the Blackeyed Peas for you NON~Texans (Non~ Southerners) when the peas are soaked and then cooked, they swell which represents prosperity Blackeyed Peas Soaked

and we eat greens (collard and cabbage.. traditionally) because they are GREEN and they resemble paper currency = wealth.

I happen to love Blackeyed Peas and sharing my favorite Southern Dishes with y’all. So, if you want to have some Texas Style Blackeyed Peas and a pro$perous 2011… get thee to the store and make sure you take this recipe with you!

Southern Style Blackeyed Peas

  • 3 C dried blackeyed peas
  • 1/2 lb salt pork, cut into 1″ pieces
  • 2 jalapenos (you can use less), chopped
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 5 C water for cooking
  • Enough water to cover the beans, for soaking
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Soak the dried beans in enough water to cover them for at least 3 hours. ( preferably overnight)
  2. Chop the jalapenos, onions and salt pork

4. When the peas are ready, drain them and place them in a large pot with your jalapenos, onions and salt pork. Add 5 Cups of water and bring to a boil.

5. Lower heat, cover and simmer for 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

Serve with collard greens, cabbage or whatever greens represent wealth and prosperity in your area, and some yummy cornbread for soppin’ up all the sauces. NOM NOM.

There isn’t a final picture, yet.. mine are still cooking and my house smells amazing!!

Southern BlackEyed Peas

Southern BlackEye Peas, a traditional New Years recipe for Good Luck.

Ingredients

  • 3 C dried blackeyed peas
  • 1/2 lb salt pork, cut into 1″ pieces
  • 2 jalapenos (you can use less), chopped
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 5 C water for cooking
  • Enough water to cover the beans, for soaking
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Soak the dried beans in enough water to cover them for at least 3 hours. ( preferably overnight)
  2. Chop the jalapenos, onions and salt pork
  3. When the peas are ready, drain them and place them in a large pot with your jalapenos, onions and salt pork. Add 5 Cups of water and bring to a boil.
  4. Lower heat, cover and simmer for 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

Rachel Says

Serve with collard greens, cabbage or whatever greens represent wealth and prosperity in your area, and some yummy cornbread for soppin’ up all the sauces. NOM NOM.

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Another Southern Tradition is Hoppin John — Heather has a wonderful recipe for Hoppin’ John

I’d love to hear about your New Year’s Tradition/Superstition Foods.

Do you eat Collard Greens or Cabbage for wealth and luck?

What do you HAVE to eat/do on New Year’s?


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Comments

  1. says

    You just made my new year! I love black eyed peas (I’m the only one in my house) and I’m also the only one who eats cabbage. In the midwest it’s usually corned beef and cabbage or some kind of pork and sauerkraut for prosperity and luck but I think I’m going to go with your recipe. This is a really dumb question (but since I’m not considered a “foodie” or even a half way decent cook for that matter, I’ll ask it…) What’s the difference between salt pork and bacon? Can I use bacon instead.

    I definitely want to try your recipe – what suggestions do you have for cooking the cabbage? I usually fry mine for cabbage and noodles but I don’t think that will work out as well.

    Thanks for the great recipe!
    Nikki´s most recent brilliance ..Struggling to Reach my Education Anarchist

    • says

      Salt pork is from the belly, much like bacon, however — it’s MUCH MUCH fattier (yum) and it’s not smoked like bacon.

      I love it for green beans and peas of all kinds — plus, it’s super cheap ;-)

      You could also wilt — the cabbage with salt pork in a big skillet with some onion — yum.

  2. Karen says

    Well, bein’ a native Texan, I know all about these New Year’s traditions, but at our house, we also had to swig down some buttermilk. I guess it was so the rest of the year would be sweet by comparison. I hated it as a kid and I still hate it, so when I married, I had to forego passing on that tradition. My mom would let me get by with just a spoonful of the buttermilk, though, so I survived. I had to laugh when you said the black-eyed peas were not the musical group…oh, yes, they are… especially when you add cabbage!!! LOL We cook our peas in left-over (Christmas) Greenberg turkey skin. Yum, spicy, but not so salty. Happy New Year’s!!

  3. says

    New Year’s Day is my favorite meal of the year. We’re German/Hungarian and have to have (of course you don’t have to do anything) a piece of the pig. So it’s roast pork and all the trimmings for dinner. Yummm …

    Roast Park
    Kielbasa
    Sauerkraut
    roasted potaoes
    veggies
    cucumber salad

  4. Kim @ Quit Eating Out {Recipes to Make Dining Out a Choice, Not a Chore} says

    I’m Midwestern by birth but Southern by heart as my TN. cousins always told me. :-) So I love southern traditions and food. While black eyed peas are top on my food list, I recently heard one of the funniest traditions/superstitions… pulling a dollar bill across the thresh~hold of the doorway to your home to signify prosperity coming to you. Lots of fun and different ways I guess people celebrate! Happy New Year!!
    Kim @ Quit Eating Out {Recipes to Make Dining Out a Choice, Not a Chore}´s most recent brilliance ..Saturday Swap Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

  5. D'Anna says

    I grew up in Texas and married into a family from Nebraska. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE black-eyed peas. My husband’s family had never eaten them, heard of the tradition, and thought they are plain weird! They will always be a New Year’s Day Tradition for me! My mom and grandmothers taught me well!

  6. Katie @ Healthnut Foodie says

    Yum! We fell in love with black eyed pea tradition while living in New Orleans. This is very similar to my recipe but I use celery instead of jalepenos and add a bit of cream. Now, off to a party with a big ‘ol batch of healthified Rotel dip (Velveeta free!).

  7. says

    Since this is my first NYE in Texas, I wasn’t sure what the appearance of all the bags of black eyed peas signified. Now I know.
    Now I don’t cotton to superstition, but the recipe looks good to me so I’m going to give it a try.
    The Mayor´s most recent brilliance ..How I Know Im In Texas

  8. says

    Aside form the grapes, you know what else we do in Costa Rica? though I’m not sure the tradition is only ours, but at midnight some people grab an empty bag and walk with it around the block and back to the house, hoping to have a lot of traveling for the whole year. It’s really funny to go out a 12:10 am and see a bunch of ladies with empty suitcases walking around! Not everyone does it, but my mom always gets the biggest suitcase in one hand, a glass of wine in the other, and walks up and down our street until she’s satisfied with the amount of traveling it will mean. XD
    Mariana´s most recent brilliance ..Feliz Año Nuevo!

  9. alissia says

    I made these yesterday and they were great! I had a bad experience once cooking dried beans and this has restored my confidence! I made a few little changes though. I left out the jalapenos for my kids’ sake, added 3 cloves of garlic and then sauteed them with the onions for a few minutes in bit of oil before I added the salt pork, beans and water. The beans are delicious and just what I was hoping for! Thanks for such a good, simple recipe! I

  10. alissia says

    I made these yesterday and they were great! I had a bad experience once cooking dried beans and this has restored my confidence! I made a few little changes though. I left out the jalapenos for my kids’ sake, added 3 cloves of garlic and then sauteed them with the onions for a few minutes in bit of oil before I added the salt pork, beans and water. The beans are delicious and just what I was hoping for! Thanks for such a good, simple recipe!

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