This is a traditional dish in the Southern U.S. It's supposed to bring prosperity and good luck to eat it on New Year's Day. This version is based on the one in the 1975 edition of Joy of Cooking, but I've tweaked it a little bit.
This is a nice southern dish that you can use as a side dish or as main course. Smoked sausage or bacon can be used in place of the hamhocks if you so desire. Serve the beans and meat over rice. This is known as Southern Caviar and is eaten on New Year's Day. The black-eyed peas represent luck and the cabbage represents money. You can use fresh, frozen, or canned black-eyed peas in place of the dried beans, which shortens the cooking time for a quicker version of this recipe.
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