Total Time
3hrs 15mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 3 hrs

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.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Boil the black-eyed peas for two minutes, then remove from heat and set aside for 1 hour.
  2. Add the onion, garlic, black pepper, crushed red pepper, and bay leaf.
  3. Bring to a boil, cover, and simmer 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
  4. Stir in the salt pork and simmer 1 more hour, uncovered, stirring frequently.
  5. Meanwhile, prepare the rice as directed on the package.
  6. Remove the salt pork and the bay leaf from the beans.
  7. Stir in Tabasco sauce.
  8. Serve over rice.


Most Helpful

Perfect! I used chili pork sausage instead of the salt pork, and kept it in.

Pizzabeast February 03, 2009

I made this for New Year's Day. Was very good and liked by all. Thanks!

AuntDee January 02, 2007

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