Hoppin' John or kosher? Black-eyed pea recipes for New Year's Day

hoppin-john-and-kosher-black-eyed-pea-recipes-gi.jpgHoppin' John is one way to incorporate black-eyed peas into a New Year's Day dish. The legume is believed to bring luck and prosperity in each new year. While typically associated with southern tradition, the lucky legumes are also consumed at Rosh Hashana as part of Jewish New Year celebrations.

Emeril Lagasse offers a southern take on the bean with a recipe for Hoppin' John. Emeril suggests soaking the black-eyed peas overnight, so you may want to get moving on this recipe now. You'll also need a large ham hock, along with various ingredients you likely already have in the pantry.

If you're eating kosher and still want to enjoy the promise of prosperity, the New York Times has you covered with a recipe for Couscous With Black-Eyed Peas and Greens. You won't need any exotic ingredients with this dish, as long as your spice cabinet is well-stocked.

So get going on those black-eyed peas, and while the beans are cooking, you can take a moment to reflect on the year that was 2012, and ponder what may come to be in 2013.
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