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Thursday, January 1, 2009

New Years Black Eyed Peas

I set out to make a dish with black eyed peas today as I had always heard eating black eyed peas on New Years Day brings good luck and good fortune to the new year. I did a little research and found out why...

Apparently, it is considered good luck to eat black eyed peas on New Years because they are thought to symbolize wealth (because they look like coins when cooked). The beans also swell when cooked, another sign of prosperity. Cabbage is also an auspicious item to eat on the New Year, as it's leaves are thought to look like cash. (The kale in this dish is a stand-in for cabbage).

New Years Black Eyed Peas:
1 can organic black eyed peas, drained and rinsed
1 head kale, stems removed and chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

Boil an inch of water (salted) in saute pan and blanch the kale for a few minutes, then strain and set aside (salting the water will keep the bright green color).

Heat the butter and add the chopped garlic, cooking until light brown. Toss in the beans and sizzle for a few minutes then toss in the kale and red pepper flakes. Cook for a few minutes. Add the balsamic vinegar and scrape up any crispy bits from the bottom of the pan. Salt & Serve!

2009 already feels lucky!

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