4 slices bacon 1/4 cup onion, diced 1/2 bell pepper, diced 1/2 red bell pepper, diced 2 cups fresh black-eyed peas or purple hull peas OR 2 packages (10 ounce size) frozen black-eyed peas 1/2 cup uncooked white rice 2 cups water salt and pepper, to taste Louisiana hot sauce
Dice bacon. brown in Dutch oven with onion and peppers, until bacon is crisp and vegetables are soft. Add peas and rice. then water. Cover and simmer over very low heat about 20 minutes, until the rice is tender. Salt and pepper to taste. Add a dash of hot sauce (to taste).
This recipe came to America from Africa though the slave trade. It is now the traditional dish served by most Southerners on New Year's Day. It is reported to bring good luck.