Everyday Mom's Meals: Start 2013 With A Little Luck

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Start 2013 With A Little Luck

For many of us, the New Year's Day meal isn't nearly as important as the one we enjoy the night before. For our family, it's because I put out such a spread of "little bites" on New Year's Eve we are usually either too full the next day to really eat, or we are finishing up leftovers. For others, and we did fall into this category before Mr. Alex came along, they are craving one thing after a long night of celebration, parties and libations...coffee! But there have been years I have hosted my parents for a traditional New Year's Day meal of pork and sauerkraut, long rumored to bring good luck in the new year. And when I first saw this side dish recipe in Taste of Home I was immediately drawn to it because 1. I can always use more side dish recipes 2. I thought I had read where these are also known as a "good luck" food and 3. it contained bacon, and well, that makes is delicious just on principle.

The practice eating black eyed peas for luck is believed to have started during the Civil War. First planted for livestock food, and then a food staple for slaves, the fields containing them were ignored by General Sherman as he burned his way through the south. Therefore, giving them a very important role in the lives of surviving Confederates. Still today, many homes in the south will include these little gems on their New Year's table along with greens, cornbread or even stewed tomatoes. 

So if you are hosting a big dinner to ring in 2013 or like me are just in constant need of new and interesting side dishes to keep your family satisfied, keep these in mind! 

Black Eyed Peas with Bacon From Taste of Home
1 lb. dry black eyed peas
1/2 lb. bacon, cooked and crumbled, set aside a little for garnish
1 medium onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1 TBS butter
Salt and Pepper to taste

In a large pot, place peas and cooked bacon. Add water, just to cover. Bring to a boil. Boil for 2 minutes. Remove from heat. DO NOT DRAIN Allow to soak for 1 hour. In a large skillet melt butter over medium heat. Add onions. Cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, thyme, salt and pepper. Cook 1 more minute. Add to pea mixture. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer. Cook 30 minutes, covered,  until peas are tender, stirring frequently. Remove with a slotted spoon. Garnish with extra bacon.

Shared on Miz Helen's Country Cottage Dec. 6, 2012
Shared on The Country Cook Dec. 7, 2012
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1 comment:

Miz Helen said...

We always start our year with Black Eyed Peas, your recipe looks great. Hope you have a great week and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
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Miz Helen