January 2, 2019

Black-eyed Peas, Collard Greens, and Smoked Ham on Cornbread

Kay Goodman

As a southern girl, I know I’m supposed to eat black-eyed peas and greens on New Year’s Day for good luck. However, I find them more than a little boring, and thought I’d jazz them up this year.  I am NOT (in the least!) a collard greens fan, but this turned out so good, we ate until we couldn’t move.  You can omit the meat products for a vegetarian version.

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