ONE OF THE BEST THINGS ABOUT NEW YEARS DAY is enjoying a warm, delicious bowl of Southern Black Eyed Peas. Serve it with cornbread & greens and you’re off to a prosperous New Year! There are many versions, start with this basic one and add ingredients you and your family enjoy.


1 lb dry black eyed peas (may also use frozen)

1 medium chopped onion

1 or 2 meaty ham hocks (can also use ham bone or bacon)

Apple-cider vinegar

Water and/or chicken stock (3 parts liquid to 1 part dried blackeyed peas)

Salt and pepper


Rinse black-eyed peas in a colander and remove any debris.

Add peas to the pressure cooker along with the ham hock (or salted pork), onion, water, and apple cider vinegar.

Cook on High for 30 minutes, let it do a natural release (~15 min more)

Fluff up peas and Serve with cornbread, greens, and sweet potatoes.

This recipe is very forgiving-you can saute bacon or ham and onion first, then add the beans and liquid or add diced green peppers and tomatoes. Make your own version!