Serving black eyed peas on New Years eve is an old tradition in the South. The "old timers" say it brings good luck for the coming year. True or not, it's a good excuse to dine on this classic Southern treat.
Black eyed peas are easy to cook but a few tips make them special. The onion and bacon (or ham hock) are standard ingredients but a touch of vinegar and hot sauce puts them on a different level. While these two items are not traditional they put a little "kick" in the peas you might like.