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Black-eyed Peas and Collard Greens

Traditionally, on New Year’s Day, for good luck the coming year, eat black-eyed peas! Greens and rice too, for wealth and health. These black-eyed peas and collard greens, made into cornmeal-dusted pan-fried fritters, hoppin’ John fritters, are just what we want to insure an awesome year!

Black-eyed peas and collard greens with chunky tomato sauce served on a pewter platter

Collard greens and black-eyed peas are the classic pairing for hoppin’ John. The green collards bring a promise of prosperity in the New Year, as the leafy green is meant to represent money, prosperity. May these black-eyed peas and collard greens bring you luck, wealth, and health all year long!

Overhead shot of plated black-eyed peas and collard greens with soysage tomato sauce

These black-eyed pea fritters include both black-eyed peas and rice. You pan-fry them in a bit of oil, nestle them in a bed of steamed collard ribbons, and top with a chunky “soysage” tomato sauce.  

Why are black-eye peas and collards called hoppin’ John? I wonder where that came from. Does the hoppin’ have something to do with the bean’s magical musical potential?

In the South where hoppin’ John originates, pork usually flavors black-eyed peas. Eating pork on January first is said to bring health. This blog is vegetarian, and as a meatless eater, and I’ve traded the pork for vegan “sausage.”

The same meatless “sausage” that fooled my father-in-law, who grew up on a farm. On one of his visits, I served him eggs and “soysage.” He snuck a bite right from the skillet and commented that it was good sausage. I never told him the truth.

Every once in a while, you gotta fake them out. I don’t cook with processed soy vegetarian meat substitutes often and faux “meat” is off-putting to some, but I know that soy “sausage” in place of real pig better supports our health and that of our planet!

close up shot of black-eyed peas and collard greens --Hoppin’ John fritters with ‘soysage’ and tomatoes

However you serve them,  black-eyed peas and collard greens are the perfect dish for New Year’s Day!

May good luck, excellent health, and ample wealth flow to you easily. 

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