Lucky New Year's Black-Eyed Pea Stew


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

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 45 mins


  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 3 cups finely shredded napa cabbage

  • 1 (8 ounce) can sliced water chestnuts, drained

  • 1 pound ham hocks

  • 2 bay leaves

  • ½ teaspoon Cajun seasoning

  • teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • salt to taste

  • 1 quart chicken stock

  • 1 (10 ounce) package frozen black-eyed peas

  • 3 cups water

  • 1 ½ cups basmati rice, well rinsed


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

  2. Meanwhile, place water and rice 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.

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

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

815 Calories
36g Fat
89g Carbs
34g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 815
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 36g 46%
Saturated Fat 10g 52%
Cholesterol 82mg 27%
Sodium 1142mg 50%
Total Carbohydrate 89g 32%
Dietary Fiber 7g 25%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 34g
Vitamin C 23mg 117%
Calcium 97mg 7%
Iron 4mg 21%
Potassium 945mg 20%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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