Recipe by Cooking Creation
Although I am not a superstitious person, I call this a New Year's dip because of the "lucky" ingredients. Black-eyed peas symbolize coins and kale symbolizes folded money, which means wealth for the New Year. Also, pork symbolizes progress because pigs root forward and tomatoes symbolize health. Wealth, progress and health in a dip? Yes, please! NOTE: You can easily substitute dried black-eyed peas with canned black-eyed peas to save time.
- 8 ounces dried black-eyed peas
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1⁄4 cup onion, minced
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 3⁄4 lb ground sausage
- 1 1⁄2 cups kale, chopped
- 2 tomatoes, chopped
- 1⁄8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (to taste)
- salt, to taste
- pepper, to taste
- 6 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
Directions See How It's Made
- ***Skip this step if using canned black-eyed peas. Soak the black-eyed peas in a large pot of water overnight, or for at least 8 hours. Rinse thoroughly. Boil the black-eyed peas in a pot of salted water until they are tender, about 30 minutes. Drain and set aside.
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and cook for 3 minutes. Stir in the sausage and garlic and cook for 5 minutes. Add the kale, season with salt and pepper, and cook for 3 minutes. Stir in the cooked black-eyed peas and tomatoes, and cook for 1 minute longer. Add the cayenne pepper. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
- Pour 1/3 of the black-eyed pea mixture in the bottom of an 8 x 8 baking dish and top with 2 ounces of cheese. Repeat two more times, ending with the cheese.
- Bake in a preheated oven uncovered for 10 minutes. Allow it to sit for 5 minutes before serving.
- Serve warm and enjoy!