I know, I know….New Year’s Eve has come and gone, and we started a new year several days ago.
But my friends, I just have to share a recipe with you, because it is so easy and so good.
Only daughter and I were talking on the phone on New Years Day and she said, “have you got a pot of black eyed peas boiling on the stove?”
And then she shuddered.
“Yuk!“she said to emphasize that she did not like these funny looking beans with the black spot on them.
And I know a lot of people don’t like black eyed peas, but also a lot of people, especially older southerners, believe that in order to have good prosperity for the new year, you must eat black eyed peas on New Years day
My family always had black eyed peas on New Years day and I found that I did not care too much for the flavor of boiled beans and ham…however, I found this recipe a long time ago and it allows me to eat black eyed peas and ask for more.
The recipe is so simple and easy to make.
It calls for chopped veggies which are easy to make if you are using this handy dandy little chopper.
Really, two or three pulls and your celery, onions, bell peppers are the perfect size and you don’t have to pull out your food processor or your knife and chopping board.
I bought these for all my kids last Christmas and they are still singing my praises…woot woot!
Saute` the veggies…..
Add the ham and then add all remaining ingredients to a large mixing bowl…
Putt in a casserole dish and wait for thee wonderful aromas to draw you in.
Black Eyed Pea Casserole
- 2 slices raw bacon, chopped
- 1 cup diced onion
- 1/2 cup diced red pepper
- 1/2 cup diced green pepper
- 2 stalks celery, diced
- 8 oz ham, diced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 Tbsp chopped fresh thyme
- 2 (15-oz) cans seasoned black-eyed peas, liquid included
- 1 (10-oz) can condensed cream of chicken soup
- 1-1/2 cups chicken stock
- 1 cup uncooked rice
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Cook the bacon in a large skillet over low heat until browned.
- Add the onion, red and green peppers, celery, and ham. cook for 4–5 minutes, until the veggies are soft. Add the garlic, salt, pepper, cayenne, and thyme and cook for another minute.
- Combine the cooked ham and vegetable mixture, black-eyed peas (including the liquid from the can), condensed soup, stock, and rice in a large mixing bowl.
- Transfer to a 9″ x 13″ casserole dish and cover with foil.
- Bake for 30 minutes, then remove the foil and bake for another 30–45 minutes, until the rice is tender.
So easy and the flavors are delish.
This casserole can be made anytime…not just for New Year’s Day.
And this casserole was especially good after the Captain and I celebrated midnight on New Year’s Eve with our favorite Orange Crush.
Check out our New Year’s Eve tradition….. and how it began our love story, here.