Good luck for 2013 with Black-Eyed-Pea Casserole
Happy New Year, everyone!!
Did anyone do anything SUPER fun to celebrate? We kept it pretty low-key around here, as usual. I started the day off by running 13 miles to ring in 2013! I haven’t ran more than 8 miles in probably a year, so it felt pretty darn
good great. In the evening, the kids had sparkling white grape juice around the fire and we all played the game, Apples to Apples. Landen and I were the only ones that made it to midnight and I barely did. 😉
I’m not a bit superstitious, but it’s still fun to play along! That’s right, New Year’s Eve I cooked up one of my favorite casserole dishes. We had to get in our black-eyed-peas…you know, for prosperity for the new year. Brad was actually curious where the tradition to eat black-eyed-peas for the new year came from. He found this site with info reporting that the whole tradition actually got started 1500 years ago.
- 1.5 cups dried black-eyed-peas rinsed
- 5 slices bacon cooked and diced** (I use turkey bacon made with no nitrates. Applegate or Trader Joe's are both great brands.)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 cup chopped onion about 1/2 medium onion
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1.5 cups brown rice uncooked
- 3 cups chicken or vegetable broth
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
- 1 10 oz. can Ro-tel (tomatoes & green chilies), use mild as desired or spicy for a kick
- 3 cups handfuls fresh spinach, chopped
- grated cheese for sprinkling optional
- chopped cilantro sour cream or sliced avocado (optional, for serving)
- Bring a medium pot of water to boil. Add the dried peas, reduce heat to low medium and boil for about 30-45 mins, or until tender (as tender as canned beans would be). While beans are boiling, stir frequently and you may need to add water or broth to keep them from burning on the bottom. Drain the peas when cooked to desired doneness.
- Meanwhile, in a deep large skillet, heat olive oil at medium high heat. Add onions and cook until tender, about 3 to 4 mins. Stir in garlic, rice, broth, cumin, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil, lower heat to low medium and cover. Cook until rice is soft and of desired consistency. Brown rice takes about an hour. You may need to add water or broth while rice is cooking to keep it from burning on the bottom and stir several times during the cooking process.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine rice, peas, tomatoes, spinach, and bacon in a 9 x 13 casserole dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Bake, uncovered, for 20 mins. Sprinkle grated cheese (optional) over the top and bake for an additional 10 mins, just until cheese is melted.
*adapted from the Tex Mex Black Eyed Pea Casserole at RecipeGirl.com
**For this recipe, I like to bake my bacon while the peas and rice are cooking. Line a baking sheet with foil and lay bacon strips on the foil. Place the bacon in a preheated 400 F oven for 20 mins or until crisp.
Something to think about….
How did you spend NYE?
Do you have a new year’s resolution or goal?
Do you partake in the black-eyed-pea New Year’s tradition?
Enjoy the first day of a new year and I’ll see you back here tomorrow for WIAW!
My plan is to clean and organize all day….got to work on my resolution. 😉