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. Or...as we call them...peas with an attitude.
Black eyed peas may be served with any meat, poultry or fish (wow! how versatile is that?)
We like our black eyed peas with a little spicy "kick" so we add a touch of Tabasco sauce. But if you are sensitive to spicy food you can eliminate the Tabasco and allow guest to add at the table as desired.