The perfect New Year's Day stew to bring prosperity for the new year with some black eyed peas!
Each year on New Year's Day, we eat black eyed peas in some form. It's a Southern tradition that's meant to bring prosperity in the new year. Of course, we don't truly believe that, but it's a fun tradition to do and it's a good positive thought to start out the new year, so no harm in it, right?! For 2018, I made this stew. I knew I couldn't go wrong with kielbasa and kale and I was correct. The kids and Nick aren't huge fans of black eyed peas, but they liked them a lot in this. It was an all-around wonderful stew and I just had to share the recipe in time for our upcoming New Year's Day. This is also pretty exciting because I believe it is the first recipe on my blog with black eyed peas!
What you need:
- 1 tsp. olive oil
- 14 oz. Kielbasa, sliced
- 4 slices bacon, chopped
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 2 cloves minced garlic
- 2 cans (14.5 oz each) fire-roasted diced tomatoes
- 32 oz. chicken broth
- 1 to 2 cans black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained
- 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
- 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
- Salt and pepper
- 1 bunch kale, stems removed and chopped
- Heat olive oil over medium-high heat in a large stockpot.
- Add sausage and bacon. Cook until sausage has browned and bacon is crispy. Remove and set aside.
- Cook onion in bacon grease for about 5 minutes or until softened.
- Add garlic and cook for an additional minute.
- Add tomatoes, chicken broth, black-eyed peas, dried thyme, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper.
- Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to low. Cover partially. Simmer for about 20 minutes.
- Add sausage and bacon back to the stockpot with kale and stir.
- Cook until kale is wilted. Serve.
I apparently don't post many stew recipes, so here is one from 2014 that is The Best Beef Stew. For the most traditional way to eat black eyed peas for New Year's Day, check out this Hoppin' John recipe from Simply Recipes.
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