Black Eye Pea Hummus

Black eye pea hummus Have you ever heard of eating black eyed peas for the New Year? It’s a big tradition in Trey’s family. He still goes over to his parents’ house on New Year’s Day to eat a little bowl, leaving behind just one pea/bean for luck. Eating black eyed peas on New Year’s day is supposed to bring prosperity in the new year (the beans are a symbol of prosperity, because they swell when they cook). Many people also choose to eat their black eyed peas along with collard greens, or some kind of greens, as a symbol of… well, paper money. It’s kind of funny a thing when you think about it. I know Trey’s family does it more for getting together and sharing a meal than for wishing for prosperity, but both would be nice, no? 🙂Black eye pea hummus In my family we were exposed to the tradition of eating black eyed peas on New Year’s Day, but it wasn’t something we did every year. My mom really doesn’t like the taste of black eyed peas. If you’ve never tried them I would just describe them as, earthy. Most people cook them with pork to add flavor, but I wanted to find a way to avoid the pork, but add some flavor and maybe something green to the equation. I decided to make black eyed pea hummus. If you’re thinking about joining in the black eyed pea tradition this year but want to try something a little less than traditional, I’d highly recommend giving this a taste.Black eye peasBlack Eyed Pea Hummus, serves 2-3

8 oz. black eyed peas
8 oz. chickpeas (sometimes called garbanzo beans)
4 garlic cloves
1 tablespoon chopped chives
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
1 tablespoon tahini
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup olive oil

I couldn’t find any canned or pre-cooked black eyed peas so I cooked up a bunch of dry beans first (just follow the package directions). I love how they look! Black eyed peas have to be the prettiest bean around.How to make black eye pea hummusOnce you have all your ingredients prepared place the first eight ingredients listed above in a food processor. Pulse until well combined. Then, while the processor is running, slowly pour the olive oil in through the top spout. Taste and if need add more salt or some pepper.

Top with a few extra black eyed peas. Black eye pea hummusWondering why I chose to garnish my green hummus with a few black eyed peas? This way you can eat all of your chosen black eyed pea dish but leave just one bean left in the bowl. It’s a New Year’s thing. Get into it! Happy New Year to you! xo. Emma

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman

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