Eat This on New Year’s Day for Good Luck in 2024

photo courtesy of Perry\\\\’s Steakhouse

A long-held Southern tradition is to eat black-eyed peas and greens on New Year’s Day.

According to Southern Living, “Southern food researcher John Egerton’s Southern Food: At Home, On the Road, In History, black-eyed peas are associated with a ‘mystical and mythical power to bring good luck’ and have been a Southern staple for more than three centuries. As for collard greens, they’re green like money and will ensure you a financially prosperous new year. And isn’t that what we all want anyway?”

Black-eyed peas are often served with cornbread to represent gold, but if cooking this once a year item seems overwhelming, we’ve found a few places where you can dine out and keep the tradition going.

Cracker Barrel – multiple locations

The restaurant will offer black-eyed peas and a staple on the menu is collard greens throughout the year.

Loveless Cafe – 8400 Highway 100, Nashville

The longstanding cafe known for its biscuits, did you know they serve 10,000 biscuits a day, that would be 3.6 million a year, will serve black-eyed peas and greens on New Year’s Day.

Perry’s Steakhouse – 5028 Aspen Grove Drive, Franklin

For a limited time, the steakhouse will offer black-eyed peas and cabbage as a side until January 2.

And if you’d like to make your own black-eyed pea dish, check out these 15 black-eyed pea recipes. A common way to eat black-eyed peas is in the Hoppin’ John dish. The earliest recipe can be found in an 1847 cookbook, A Carolina Housewife, written by Sarah Rutledge, according to Most recipes for Hoppin’ John call for cooking the black-eyed peas with rice, pork (usually fatback or bacon) and seasonings. Some variations include chopped onions and hot sauce.

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