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Prep 25 mins
Cook 20 mins
This combines the two key ingredients for New Year's Day. Thing is, it's good all year round. I actually make the black-eyed pea mixture the day before and let refrigerate at least 24 hours for maximum flavor.
- Add 2 cups water and salt to taste to a 1 quart saucepan; bring to a boil.
- Add in the rice; stir.
- Cover and change heat to low setting.
- Simmer 15-20 minutes or until done.
- While the rice is cooking, cook bacon in a skillet over medium heat for 3-4 minutes or until crisp.
- Transfer to paper towel lined plates to drain; crumble and set aside; set aside skillet with bacon grease.
- Drain the black-eye peas then put them in a mixing bowl.
- Reheat the skillet with bacon grease over medium heat; saute/stir the onion 3-4 minutes or until soft and lightly brown.
- Add in the salad dressing, brown sugar, and 1/4 cup water; bring to a boil and scrape bottom of pan with a wooden spoon to loosen any bits of bacon.
- Let reduce for 4-5 minutes.
- Pour the dressing over the black-eye peas; toss to coat.
- Cover and refrigerate until time to serve.
- Fluff cooked rice and transfer to a serving platter.
- Spoon the black-eyed pea mixture on top of the rice.
- Arrange spinach and cherry tomatoes arount the peas/rice.
- Sprinkle crumbled bacon over the top.