'black-eyed peas' on Serious Eats

Dinner Tonight: Senegalese Rice and Peas

It's humble food, but delicious. Though I substituted regular long-grain rice for the Senegalese red variety, and couldn't find palm oil, which also apparently gives this dish a vibrant red color, I still liked the result. The pungent flavor comes from a puree of onion, habanero, and fish sauce--only recommended for those who don't mind the taste of fish sauce, but I found it unexpectedly delicious. Another version of rice and beans to the repertoire. More

The Nasty Bits: Black Eyed Peas with Ham Hock

Last week I learned that if you put into your search field the term "black eyed peas," the only results you'll find pertain to a very popular hip-hop band that goes by that name. Best to add "recipe," to your search , or better yet, "black eyed peas + ham hock," if what you want is that classic Southern dish of slowly simmered beans and smoked meat instead of the song, "My Humps." More

In Season: Black-Eyed Peas

When you hear the name of this legume, you might think of its strong presence in soul food, or perhaps the musical group headed by Fergie. The love of black-eyed peas, however, knows no cultural bounds. A wide array of cultural dishes—from Portuguese salads to Vietnamese desserts to Indian daals—love these black-spotted beans. More

Southern Foodways: Lucky New Year's Dishes

Southern Foodways appears weekly as part of our collaboration with the Southern Foodways Alliance, an organization based in Oxford, Mississippi, that "documents and celebrates the diverse food cultures of the American South." Dig in! Looking for good luck and good fortune in the new year? Secretly wishing for both while publicly resolving to do good unto others? Maybe you're just looking for a way to celebrate the new year that doesn't involve Champagne, Times Square, or staying up late? Try a New Year's Day feast of black-eyed peas and collard greens. Both are thought to bring a year filled with prosperity. Some think the black-eyed peas represent copper—pennies, specifically. So, for truly good fortune in the new year, be sure... More

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