Good Luck for New Year’s Game Day

Superstitious or not, many Southerners believe black-eyed peas ensure good luck during the coming year, so they elect to start off the new year by eating them.  There’s no better time to serve your good luck charm than a day when superstition abounds – game day.  There are all kinds of options for serving black-eyed peas at a New Year’s game day party, but one thing that’s not optional is serving cornbread with peas. Try a big pot of beans with cornbread or a casserole made with peas and smoked sausage blanketed with cornbread.  The Festive Good Luck Cornbread Skillet recipe or Black-Eyed Pea Salsa with Cheddar Cornbread Dipper recipes are both good game day recipe options.

black-eyed pea salsa

In earlier times, black-eyed pea salsa was referred to as “Texas or Recession Caviar.” The sky is the limit for ingredients that can be added to the peas, but we’re taking a shortcut and adding peas to already prepared salsa with the addition of a few other vegetables and herbs for added crunch and flavor.  The cornbread dippers mentioned above are a breeze to make. You begin by baking a cornbread mix according to package directions. Once baked, cut the cornbread into strips and bake it again to create a crisp texture.

If you are a superstitious person, by consuming black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day, you can rest easy for another year.  Who knows – maybe those peas will also bring good luck to your favorite team.

Do you serve black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day?  If so, how do you serve them? Do you also cook turnip greens or collards for prosperity as part of your tradition?

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