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Lucky New Year's Black-Eyed Pea Stew Recipe
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Lucky New Year's Black-Eyed Pea Stew

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"This recipe is a wonderful combination of all things bringing good luck for the New Year. Black-eyed peas bring luck and the cabbage brings money. Don't worry! Napa cabbage has such a subtle flavor that you won't even know it's there. Eat this on New Years Day to bring luck all year long!"

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    2 hrs 45 mins

    3 hrs


  1. Heat the oil in a deep pan or stockpot set over medium-high heat. Stir in the onions and garlic, and cook until transparent, about 5 minutes. Mix in the Napa cabbage; toss and cook until wilted, about 2 minutes. Add the ham hocks, cayenne pepper, bay leaf, Cajun seasoning, and salt, stirring for 2 minutes more. Pour in the chicken stock and black-eyed peas. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to low and cook uncovered for 2 hours.
  2. Meanwhile, place the rice and water into a saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer until all liquid is absorbed and rice is light and fluffy, about 20 minutes.
  3. Before serving, remove the ham hocks from the pot. Coarsely chop the meat, and return to the black-eyed pea mixture. Serve hot over Basmati rice.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 03, 2011

I almost didn't look twice at this recipe after reading a one-star review. But then I realized that the chicken stock in my pantry is made only from FORWARD-SCRATCHING CHICKENS. Now I can make this recipe without causing regret!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 03, 2011

Well, this rating is a compromise between my husband and I. He gives the recipe 4.5 stars and I would give it a 2.5 at best. For me, this is just so boring. Made exactly as written for the second year in a row and it's still a snoozer. Very bland. On a positive note, it tastes very healthy and light.

Jan 01, 2009

Seeing "lucky" in the recipe's name attracted me. I made this stew on New Year's Day and it was a hit! I used the bones from a honey baked ham and upped the Cajun seasonings...the sweet and spicy flavors worked beautifully together. I served it with brown rice, to keep a resolution. Very good! Thank you for a lovely recipe!

Jan 02, 2009

I'm not a huge fan of the taste of ham hocks. Although I did use them in the recipe. I did not cut them up and put in the stew, I added cubed ham chunks instead. I love spicy food, but thought the 1teas of cayenne this recipe called for was a bit much and over powered the other flavors. I added fresh garlic as well. Hope this helps.

Jan 03, 2011

This was great! Made it Jan 1st along with Black Eyed Pea Gumbo (which was very bland) and this was really good. I used regular cabbage instead of Napa which was great and I am not a big cabbage eater. Used cubed ham and didn't have Cajun seasoning so I added some chili powder, onion and garlic powder, cayenne, salt, pepper, basil and oregano instead. I didn't serve over rice but that would be good! We loved the flavor. Oh...and I left out the Water Chestnuts. Didn't have them, but didn't think they would have gone well in this dish anyway.

Feb 02, 2009

I made this stew according to the recipe. The only change I made was using canned black-eyed peas, rather than frozen ones.

Jan 03, 2011

What happened to the Water Chestnuts that were listed in the ingredients but not mentioned in the instructions?? Did anyone add them? I haven't made this yet but guess I will leave them out...

Dec 31, 2009

I'm giving it a 5 because it was so easy and everyone in my home loved it. What a simple way to incorporate all New Years food. I don't even like cabbage but this was delcious..I barely tasted it. I used 1 lb. boneless ham steak (cubed)and canned beans. I recommend doubling the ham..I did the second time and enjoyed this recipe so much more. Here in Texas we LOVE spicy can kick it up a notch if you'd like to with a little extra cayenne. Husband loves this recipe...great MAN food and heats up very well. Thank you for sharing.


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  • Calories
  • 815 kcal
  • 41%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 89.2 g
  • 29%
  • Cholesterol
  • 82 mg
  • 27%
  • Fat
  • 36.2 g
  • 56%
  • Fiber
  • 7 g
  • 28%
  • Protein
  • 34.1 g
  • 68%
  • Sodium
  • 1103 mg
  • 44%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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