Chef Jamie’s Good Luck Black Eyed Peas

December 21, 2012

Eating black eyed peas on New Year's Eve will bring you good luck this year!

Chef Jamie says: Eating black eyed peas on New Year's Eve is supposed to bring you luck, or so says Southern tradition. Why leave it to chance?!

This recipe serves 8

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 jalapeño, seeded, deveined and minced
3 cups (Two 11-ounce containers) fresh black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained (look for the Melissa's brand in your market's produce section)
1 bay leaf
3 sprigs fresh thyme
4 cups chicken broth
1 smoked ham hock
Freshly ground pepper

In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. 
Add the onion and sauté until tender, about 10 minutes. 
Add the garlic and jalapeno and sauté one minute more. 
Add the bay leaf, thyme sprigs, black eyed peas and the broth. 
Drop in the ham hock and season with freshly ground pepper. 
Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until the black-eyed peas are tender, about 45 minutes.
Remove the ham hock before serving.

Jamie Gwen is a Celebrity Chef, Certified Sommelier, Lifestyle Expert and four-time Cookbook Author.For the past 13 years, she has brought the best to radio with her weekly Live Radio Show filled with delicious conversation, heard every Sunday from 8:00am to 10:00am on KFWB News Talk 980 in Southern California and heard worldwide on iTunes and the Internet.

Jamie can also be heard on Martha Stewart Living Radio on Sirius/XM and she can be seen stirring up something delicious on television shows and in print nationwide.

Jamie’s most recent cookbook entitled “Good Food For Good Times 2” is now available as an eBook and has been featured on Emeril Live, Martha Stewart and QVC. She is a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America and her website,, is a scrumptious resource for food lovers everywhere.