No Soak Black Eyed Peas should be titled “I forgot to soak my black eyed peas…pffff, no prob!” Because, in under two hours, you’ll have a fully-cooked pot of good luck food for New Year’s Day. So if it’s New Year’s Eve, go ahead and forget to soak those black eyed peas!
No Soak Black Eyed Peas
This recipe could almost qualify as a last-minute recipe because it barely requires any planning, which is perfect for New Year’s Day!
You can literally have this pot of yumminess in front of you within a few hours of deciding to make it. You only need an oven [not the stove top] and a pot with a lid.
The only ingredient you need to plan to have are dried black eyed peas, which are available at most grocery stores!
Other than that, it calls for some everyday, pantry ingredients…and ham if you like, but it’s not necessary…but it’s delicious!
Why eat black eyed peas on New Year’s Day?
When it comes to luck, I don’t know about you, but I feel luckiest when my loved ones and I experience optimal health, many hugs, and lots of laughter. I don’t take any of those things for granted. In fact, I live for them!
Ok, so how to you cook black eyed peas without soaking?
See full recipe instructions below, but here’s the idea:
- throw everything into a heavy 3 or 4 quart pot
- cover it and shove it in a preheated oven
- check it after an hour (it might actually be ready)
- cook another half hour (if needed)
- add diced cooked ham (optional)
…BOOM! You have a New Year’s Day good luck charm in under 2 hours!
You can’t believe how many years I’ve successfully eaten my lucky peas on New Year’s Day because of this very recipe!
Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make No Soak Black Eyed Peas
- 2 cups (1 lb) dried Black Eyed Peas (rinsed and sorted)
- 1/4 cup Dried Onion Flakes
- 1 tsp Kosher Salt
- Black Pepper
- 1 Bay Leaf
- 6-8 cups Water
- 1/3 lb diced Ham (optional)
Of course this is just a base for black eyed peas and you can add carrots, onions, celery, garlic, and/or your favorite greens. Get creative!
Here are the tools you’ll need to make this recipe
How do you serve black eyed peas?
There are many ways! My fav is over fresh-baked cornbread and a side of sautéed greens. You could also use quinoa or rice (like Hoppin’ John). Know what else? It’s even better the next day!
Cheers to a healthy, prosperous, new year!