In just a few hours, the world will usher in a brand new year. 2012’s been a good one, and we know 2013 is sure to be even better. To ensure an auspicious and prosperous beginning, borrow a southern tradition and serve black eyed peas for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or even dessert! Here are 12 ways to do it.
1. Coconut Black Eyed Pea Soup: Creamy, cozy, and oh-so-coconutty. Add this to your winter soup rotation for sure. (Recipe and photo: Boulder Locavore)
2. Black Eyed Pea + Pecan Hummus: Definitely a different take on hummus and a great way to mix things up. (Recipe and photo: Fat Free Vegan)
3. Sprouted Ragi + Black Eyed Peas Cutlets: Who knew fried food could actually be good for you? Ragi is a type of Indian millet. (Recipe and photo: Chef in You)
4. Peas + Beets: Beets and black eyed peas? Yum. (Recipe and photo: Table & Spoon)
5. Pork Confit + Black Eyed Pea Cassoulet: Pork and black eyed peas are longtime pals and come together beautifully in this French-inspired dish. (Recipe and photo: Local Milk)
6. Wheat Berry + Black Eyed Peas Salad: Another option on the healthier side, we love all the rich hues and flavors in this salad. (Recipe and photo: Food 4 Wibowo)
7. Black Eyed Sweet Potato Sliders: How sweet are these sliders? (Recipe and photo: Healthy Happy Life)
8. Cornbread Madeleines with Black Eyed Pea Hummus + Hot Collard Dip: Such a genius move to bake cornbread in a madeleine pan! (Recipe and photo: Tea with Friends)
9. Black Eyed Peas and Leeks: This is a great twist on beans and greens. (Recipe and photo: 101 Cookbooks)
10. Texas Caviar: A classic Texas salsa-like dish with beans, corn, peppers, and tomatoes. A great base for improvising. (Recipe and photo: A Communal Table)
11. Black Eyed Pea Tacos: Love the inclusion of radishes in these yummy little bites. (Recipe and photo: Martha Stewart)
12. Black Thai Cupcakes: That’s right. Cupcakes! Adding this to the healthy sweets list for sure. (Recipe and photo: Cupcake Project)
Bonus! Black Eyed Pea Wedding Goodies: We couldn’t help but include a little DIY action as well. The vase totally reminds us of our cool beans mason jar fillers. (Photo: Southern Weddings)
Do you know of any black eyed pea recipes we should try? Share them with us in the comments below!