This recipe is a wonderful combination of all things bringing good luck for the New Year. Black-eyed peas bring luck and the cabbage brings money. Don't worry! Napa cabbage has such a subtle flavor that you won't even know it's there. Eat this on New Years Day to bring luck all year long!

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
2 hrs 45 mins
total:
3 hrs
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat the oil in a deep pan or stockpot set over medium-high heat. Stir in the onions and garlic, and cook until transparent, about 5 minutes. Mix in the Napa cabbage; toss and cook until wilted, about 2 minutes. Add the ham hocks, cayenne pepper, bay leaf, Cajun seasoning, and salt, stirring for 2 minutes more. Pour in the chicken stock and black-eyed peas. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to low and cook uncovered for 2 hours.

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  • Meanwhile, place the rice and water into a saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer until all liquid is absorbed and rice is light and fluffy, about 20 minutes.

  • Before serving, remove the ham hocks from the pot. Coarsely chop the meat, and return to the black-eyed pea mixture. Serve hot over Basmati rice.

Nutrition Facts

815 calories; protein 34.1g 68% DV; carbohydrates 89.2g 29% DV; fat 36.2g 56% DV; cholesterol 82mg 27% DV; sodium 1141.5mg 46% DV. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
01/03/2011
I almost didn't look twice at this recipe after reading a one-star review. But then I realized that the chicken stock in my pantry is made only from FORWARD-SCRATCHING CHICKENS. Now I can make this recipe without causing regret! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/03/2011
Well, this rating is a compromise between my husband and I. He gives the recipe 4.5 stars and I would give it a 2.5 at best. For me, this is just so boring. Made exactly as written for the second year in a row and it's still a snoozer. Very bland. On a positive note, it tastes very healthy and light. Read More
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52 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 35
  • 4 star values: 11
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
01/03/2011
I almost didn't look twice at this recipe after reading a one-star review. But then I realized that the chicken stock in my pantry is made only from FORWARD-SCRATCHING CHICKENS. Now I can make this recipe without causing regret! Read More
(36)
Rating: 4 stars
01/01/2009
Seeing "lucky" in the recipe's name attracted me. I made this stew on New Year's Day and it was a hit! I used the bones from a honey baked ham and upped the Cajun seasonings...the sweet and spicy flavors worked beautifully together. I served it with brown rice, to keep a resolution. Very good! Thank you for a lovely recipe! Read More
(27)
Rating: 4 stars
01/02/2009
I'm not a huge fan of the taste of ham hocks. Although I did use them in the recipe. I did not cut them up and put in the stew I added cubed ham chunks instead. I love spicy food but thought the 1teas of cayenne this recipe called for was a bit much and over powered the other flavors. I added fresh garlic as well. Hope this helps. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/03/2011
This was great! Made it Jan 1st along with Black Eyed Pea Gumbo (which was very bland) and this was really good. I used regular cabbage instead of Napa which was great and I am not a big cabbage eater. Used cubed ham and didn't have Cajun seasoning so I added some chili powder, onion and garlic powder, cayenne, salt, pepper, basil and oregano instead. I didn't serve over rice but that would be good! We loved the flavor. Oh...and I left out the Water Chestnuts. Didn't have them, but didn't think they would have gone well in this dish anyway. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/02/2009
I made this stew according to the recipe. The only change I made was using canned black-eyed peas rather than frozen ones. Read More
(15)
Rating: 4 stars
01/03/2011
What happened to the Water Chestnuts that were listed in the ingredients but not mentioned in the instructions?? Did anyone add them? I haven't made this yet but guess I will leave them out... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/04/2011
I thought this was very good and the whole family approved. I added more Cajun seasoning for extra kick and used bacon instead of ham hocks. Read More
(11)
Rating: 5 stars
12/31/2009
I'm giving it a 5 because it was so easy and everyone in my home loved it. What a simple way to incorporate all New Years food. I don't even like cabbage but this was delcious..I barely tasted it. I used 1 lb. boneless ham steak (cubed)and canned beans. I recommend doubling the ham..I did the second time and enjoyed this recipe so much more. Here in Texas we LOVE spicy food...you can kick it up a notch if you'd like to with a little extra cayenne. Husband loves this recipe...great MAN food and heats up very well. Thank you for sharing. Read More
(11)
Rating: 5 stars
01/11/2012
Zesty! Made this on New Years Day for luck (so far so good). I used regular cabbage because my store didn't have Napa I eliminated the water chestnuts because they weren't in the directions I used ham steak as other recommended and cut it up (don't know if they used the ham hocks also but I didn't!) used canned black-eyed peas and served it with Quinoa! I only made the changes because it's what I had and it was still great. I will definitely make it throughout the year as well as on New Years. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/03/2011
Well, this rating is a compromise between my husband and I. He gives the recipe 4.5 stars and I would give it a 2.5 at best. For me, this is just so boring. Made exactly as written for the second year in a row and it's still a snoozer. Very bland. On a positive note, it tastes very healthy and light. Read More
(6)
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