Not only lucky, but healthy too!
by Sherry Frewerd
hether it's January 1 or September 1, people love black-eyed peas. These lucky fellows are traditional on New Year's Day, but that shouldn't stop you from serving them in a variety of ways beyond the first of the year.
Long after you've broken your resolutions and the celebrating is over, black-eyed peas have much more to offer. You can find them canned, frozen, fresh or dried, and they remain a relatively inexpensive food. Black-eyed peas are a wonderful source of iron and contain some protein, so keep in mind that they are a healthy choice year round.
Here are some new ways that you may cook up the lucky black-eyed pea:
Black-Eyed Peas and Smoked Sausage
1 package of smoked sausage (turkey is good!)
2 cups water
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp dry mustard
1 (10 oz) package frozen black-eyed peas
Brown sausage in skillet and drain. Add water and seasonings, and bring to boil. Add peas, and return to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 45 minutes. Serves 8.
Tex-Mex Black-Eyed Peas
1 (16 oz) package dried black-eyed peas
5 cups water
1/4 lb. smoked ham hock
1 fresh jalapeno pepper
2 tbsp onion soup mix
2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
Wash black-eyed peas and place in a large Dutch oven. Cover with water 2 inches above peas and let soak overnight. Drain peas. Add 5 cups water and next 6 ingredients. Bring to boil, cover, reduce heat, and simmer 1 hour. Remove jalapeno pepper. Serves 8.
Rosie's Black-Eyed Pea Skillet Supper
1 lb ground beef
1 1/4 cups chopped onion
1 cup chopped green pepper
2 (16 oz) cans black-eyed peas, drained
1 (16 oz) can chopped tomatoes, undrained
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
Cook beef, onion and green pepper; drain. Add remaining ingredients; bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes, stir often. Serves 6.
Sherry Frewerd publishes several websites and blogs for affiliate marketing and direct sales. Visit 'Grandma Rosie's House' http://grandmarosieshouse.com for 'Practical Ideas for Everyday Living' and more delicious recipes.