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Do you know that it’s good luck to eat blackeyed peas on New Year’s Day? And what better way to eat them than in a creamy, slightly spicy, cheesy blackeyed pea dip? And if you eat them while listening to The Blackeyed Peas, it’s double good luck. 🙂
This Easy Cheesy Blackeyed Pea Dip recipe is fancy enough for New Year’s Eve yet so easy that you can to whip it up while watching a football game.
My husband is a huge fan of these smoky blackeyed peas. When I realized I could use the canned version to make a blackeyed pea dip, I couldn’t wait to try it. He devoured the first batch in minutes! I’ll be making it again as soon as I restock. This recipe will be part of our regular appetizer rotation as well as a staple for tailgating, potlucks and picnics.
Mix all ingredients together and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Serve with tortilla chips and let the good luck times roll.
Why We Eat Blackeyed Peas on New Years Day
Eating blackeyed peas for New Year’s has long been an African-American and Southern tradition. It signifies luck or prosperity, one of several New Year’s foods that are associated with good fortune.
There’s evidence that people ate black-eyed peas for luck as early as 500 A.D. as a part of the Jewish holiday Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. But the tradition of eating black-eyed peas with rice is African in origin and spread throughout the South, especially in the Carolinas, in the form of pilaus or rice dishes simmered for a long time with chicken or shrimp. When black-eyed peas were added to the pilau, it became Hoppin’ John.