Slow Cooker Black Eye Peas
Celebrate a New Year with a home cooked southern meal including these easy to make Black Eye Peas you make in the slow cooker.
If your from the south you might be familiar with a New Years day Southern tradition. You’ll find most homes in the south dining on a dinner that consist of ham (or pork roast), black eye peas, greens, and cornbread. Each dish is symbolic in hopes to bring you good luck and fortune for the new year. I grew up in the north and never knew about this tradition until I moved to the south some 17+ years ago. You would never know that my husband and I grew up in the north with all the southern food we love to dine on from hot pimento cheese dip to collard greens, cornbread, and cheesy shrimp and grits!
I love when I can simplify a recipe and use my slow cooker and let it do all the cooking for me. I’ve made this recipe countless times. First originating on the stove top for hours, but I found that I couldn’t leave my house to run errands (of course minimal errand running is normally done on New Years day) and 2. that the water would dry up or I would have beans burnt on the bottom of the pot. So one day I got the hair brain idea to try cooking my black eye peas in the slow cooker. And boy did it work… it worked like a gem and now I won’t cook them any other way!
I’m going to warn you now that this recipe makes a lot of black eye peas. Like it can feed an army, so if your hosting a big family dinner this is the perfect recipe for you. And if your not–don’t worry. You can freeze the leftovers. I like to make this big post of black eye peas on New Years day and then freeze a few small bags to use throughout the year!
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