4 Ways to Enjoy Black-Eyed Peas for Luck in Metro Phoenix in the New Year
Eating black-eyed peas has been a tradition to ring in the New Year for centuries. In fact, it was first recorded 2,500 years ago as a Syrian Jewish custom, and the Aramaic name for black-eyed peas (rubiya) also means "abundance." A couple millennia later the tradition made it from Africa to the Deep South, where a dish called Hoppin' Josh is said to help bring prosperity in the coming year. If you think your New Year could use a little extra good fortune, be sure to eat some black-eyed peas on December 31 or January 1. Here are four ways to enjoy the lucky legume.
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If you're ever enjoyed chana masala (curried chickpeas) at an Indian restaurant, you might want to try your hand at making this dish at home. Made with black-eyed peas, onions, tomatoes, chilies, ginger, and plenty of spice, this will ensure that your fortunate future is never bland or boring. As an added plus, it's a healthy vegan option.
On New Year's Eve, stop by TEXAZ Grill for lunch or dinner to receive an auspicious gift. All patrons will receive a free side of black-eyed peas. The restaurant will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. For reservations, call 602-248-7827.
Black-eyed peas are one of the side dishes regularly available at Mrs. White's, a traditional Southern restaurant located downtown. Enjoy it alongside favorites like smothered Southern fried chicken, pork chops, and pond-raised catfish. Mrs. White's Golden Rule Café will be open on New Year's Day from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
This traditional Southern recipe adds flavor to black-eyed peas with ham hocks, onion, crushed red pepper, and smoked cheddar cheese. It's easy to make at home: basically throw everything in a pot and bring to a boil. The rice is added halfway, and the cheese is sprinkled over the top at the end. This hearty down-home dish will help you ring in the New Year in a warm, comforting style.