Crock Pot Black Eyed Beans and Ham
Ring in the new year with these Crock Pot Black Eyed Beans and bless your family with good luck in the upcoming year.
Black-Eyed Beans or Black-Eyed Peas are a traditional southern New Years day meal that is thought to bring good luck.
You may think eating black-eyed beans on New Years Day is just some old folklore that has been handed down but the people of the south during the Civil War who kept starvation at bay by eating them might beg to differ.
Well, that’s what I read on Google LOL having lived in Georgia and Florida most of my life I have heard tell that you had to eat black-eyed beans on New Years Day for good luck.
I also remember my mother saying to make sure your house is clean by the stroke of midnight on New Years Eve or your house will be dirty all year long. FYI Mom was right again!
How do you make a traditional New Years Day recipe for good luck
A traditional southern New Years Day dinner (which is actually served at noon) and is referred to as lunch to some of us would be a bowl of black-eyed beans, collard greens and corn bread.
The black-eyed beans are for luck, the collard greens are for money (prosperity) and the cornbread represents gold (more prosperity!)
As you can see this New Years Day meal is guarantee to keep you lucky and your pockets full of cash all year long.
Many southerners will be serving black eyed beans, collard greens and corn bread on the first day of the new year.
One of them being my brother who lives in Georgia. Although he won’t be doing the cooking-just the eating.
Even if you’re not in the south this New Years Day tradition is a delicious one to start or celebrate with your family every year.
It’s an easy one and doesn’t require much work except to fill the slow cooker with the ingredients.
Do you need to soak dried beans before cooking?
Not if you cook dried beans like I do!
When I am cooking dried beans in my slow cooker I don’t soak them ahead of time since they will be slow cooking for 8 or more hours you can skip soaking of the beans over night.
Another reason I like to skip the soaking and cook dried beans in the crock pot without soaking them ahead of time is because the beans always seem to lose their skins and some dried beans like Lima beans turn into an awful looking alien like creature that I can’t seem to bring myself to cook and eat.
I like to start my dried beans in the slow cooker at midnight and let them cook on low all night long.
The slow cooker I have has a timer and once the 8 or 10 hours of cooking is over it will automatically switch to the warm setting.
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The Crock-Pot slow cooker I have has a timer and once the 8 or 10 hours of cooking is over it will automatically switch to the warm setting. FYI Crock-Pot is the only brand of slow cooker I use!
Whenever I cook any type of dried beans I love to use a big leftover ham bone to season the beans. I do a little planning after any holiday meal when we serve a baked ham.
If I know I won’t have time to make a crock pot full of dried beans in the next couple of days after our holiday meal I will put the left over ham bone with any ham scraps in a zip lock bag and freeze it until the day I plan on cooking the dried beans.
For this Crock Pot Black Eyed Beans and Ham recipe I used the left over ham bone from our Thanksgiving dinner.
- 16 oz dried black eyed beans, rinsed well and picked through for stones
- 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
- 1 small onion, chopped, about 1/2 – 3/4 cups
- 4 cloves of garlic, minced
- 4 small bay leaves
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 8 cups of chicken broth