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New Years Day Black eyed Peas

Yield: 3 cups
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes

This recipe is traditional on new years days but easy enough for any time of the year.


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons onion, chopped
  • 1 celery rib, diced
  • 1 large tomato, diced 0r 3/4 cup canned tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup dried black-eyed peas
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun spice blend
  • 3/4 cup spinach, canned
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  • Pick out any pebbles and rinse the black-eyed peas. Leave the black-eyed peas in a measuring cup and pour boiling water over them, they will swell slightly. Drain right before adding to the celery and onion.
  • In a 2 quart pot, melt the butter and saute the onion, celery, and tomato for 3-4 minutes.
  • Add in the dried peas and stir together with the sauteed onion, celery, and tomatoes, for about 1 minute.
  • Pour in 2 cups of chicken broth and 1 cup water, bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Lower heat and simmer and cover with the lid slightly ajar. Continue simmering until the broth starts to turn creamy and the beans are soft about 2 hours. Stir occasionally, and add more liquid as needed.
  • Next, add the canned spinach and a teaspoon of the Cajun spice blend and continue cooking for about 15-20 minutes..
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