Smoky Black-Eyed Peas and Collard Greens

Just in time for the New Year, here’s a tasty, lighter recipe for Smokey Black-Eyed Peas served up with Garlicky Collard Greens and Cornbread- to ensure luck, prosperity, and good fortune in the coming year. Vegan and GF.🥂 

Smokey Black-Eyed Peas with Garlicky Collard Greens and Cornbread- to ensure luck, prosperity and good fortune in the coming new year. Vegan and GF.We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.~ Edith Lovejoy Pierce

So no, not a traditional Southern recipe, but a lighter, leaner take on it. If going vegan- be sure to check out the vegan version of this Skillet Cornbread (in the recipe notes).

Ingredients in Black Eyed Peas

What to serve with Black-Eyed Peas

How to make Black-Eyed Peas

ingredients in black eyed peas

Step one:

Cook the Black-Eyed Peas. You can cook the black-eyed peas in an Instant Pot or on the stovetop. I used the Instant Pot, and cooked on high pressure for 15 minutes without prior soaking. They came out perfect.  Feel free to simmer on the stove, covered with an inch of salted water until tender ( about 30-40 minutes).

TIP: At the same time, while they are cooking, you could also make the cornbread and gremolata if  using.

black eyed peas cooking in and instant pot.

A general rule of thumb is 6 cups water +1 teaspoon salt per pound of black-eyed peas. Add aromatics if you like or feel free to cook in veggie broth.

cooked blacked eyed peas

Drain the black-eyed peas, but reserve the Bean Broth. 

drain the black eyed peas

Step two

In a large skillet, saute onion and garlic, and add spices.

saute onion and garlic

Once the onions are golden and caramelized, add the cooked black-eyed peas.

adding onion and garlic to the pan

Season generously with salt. I added a rounded teaspoon. Taste and adjust spices, bumping them up if you like.

stewed black eyed peas

Add bean broth or veggie broth to loosen. Keep warm.

Step three

Make the Garlicky Collard Greens. (Do this while the beans are cooking) I like to make a huge batch of this! (3 bunches!) .

Garlicky Collard greens to serve with the Black-eyed peas on new years day.

Step four

Make the Gremolata. (Do this while the beans are cooking).


Step five

Assemble the Black-Eyed Peas and Collard Green bowls!

black-eyed peas served with garlicky collard greens for New Years day

Top the black-eyed peas with a big portion of collard greens and drizzle the whole thing with the herby gremolata.

Add extra chili flakes if you like!

Serve with warm cornbread.

Hearty Skillet Cornbread is homey, delicious, and full of wholesome cornmeal flavor with an irresistible crusty edge.  Super easy to make!  Perfect for serving with soups, chili's, stews.

The beans and collards will keep up to 4 days in the fridges and the gremolata will keep 5-7 days.

Black Eyed Peas, Collard Greens and Cornbread TrADITION

In Southern tradition- the black-eyed peas represent copper pennies, the collard greens represent cash, and the cornbread represents gold. A very prosperous New Year’s Day meal. 😉 Some folks even suggest serving exactly 365 peas- one for each day. 😉

Just in time for New Years Day, here's a tasty, lighter recipe for Smokey Black-Eyed Peas served up with Garlicky Collard Greens and Cornbread- to ensure luck, prosperity and good fortune in the coming year. Vegan and GF. 

Black Eyed Peas and Collard Greens – a fun and tasty New Year’s tradition!

✨ Wishing you a very happy and sparkly New Year!



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Just in time for New Years Day, here’s a tasty, lighter recipe for Black-Eyed Peas served up with Garlicky Collard Greens and Cornbread- to ensure luck, prosperity, and good fortune in the coming year. Vegan and GF.🥂

Stewed Black-Eyed Peas

Garlicky Collard Greens 

Optional additions:

  1. Cook the black-eyed peas. If using an instant pot, place beans, water, salt, bay leaves, garlic, and pressure cook on high for 15 minutes. Manually release after 10 minutes. Drain, save the cooking liquid. If cooking on the stovetop, place everything in a pot, simmer gently, uncovered, until beans are just tender, adding water as necessary ( you want about an inch of water over the beans). Drain and save the cooking liquid.  (If using canned beans, drain and rinse and you’ll need 1 cup veggie broth
  2. While the beans are cooking make the gremolata, cornbread and Collard Greens.
  3. Make Collard Greens. Trim the big stems off of the collard greens and slice them very thinly, set aside. Chop the greens, stacking them – either roll and slice thinly, “shredding” them, or cut into 1-inch pieces.  Heat the oil over medium heat in an EXTRA-LARGE skillet. Add the garlic, chili flakes and salt and stir until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the stems, and saute them 3-4 minutes. Then add the leaves and gently wilt. If you like your collards very tender, add a splash of veggie broth or bean broth and cover for a few minutes. Or keep them vibrant like you see here, just lightly cooked. Taste and adjust salt and chili flakes. If you are not making the gremolata– adding lemon zest is a nice tough here. Set them aside.
  4. Make the Black-eyed Peas: In the same extra-large skillet (wipe it out), add olive oil, onion, and garlic. Saute over medium heat until fragrant. Stir in the smoked paprika and allspice. Add the beans, ½-1 cup of bean liquid (or veggie broth), and salt to taste. You want them slightly loose. Adjust seasonings to taste-feel-free to add more of everything. Add cayenne if you like a bit of heat. If the beans are bland, they need salt.
  5. Assemble the bowls. Place a scoop of black-eyed peas on the bottom of a bowl, top with a hearty portion of greens, and dot with the gremolata. Enjoy!


Beans and greens will keep up to 4 days in the fridge. Beans can be frozen.

Gremolata will keep 5-7 days- use any leftovers on soup, avocado toast, etc.


  • Serving Size: ¾ cup beans + 3/4 cup greens
  • Calories: 368
  • Sugar: 6.6 g
  • Sodium: 506.8 mg
  • Fat: 10.6 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 52.4 g
  • Fiber: 10.2 g
  • Protein: 19.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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