This recipe, which can easily be adapted for a vegan diet, is comfort food at its best. I like to serve this dish on New Year’s Day. According to tradition in the Southern U.S. black-eyed peas bring good luck in the new year. Baked Okra and Cherry Tomatoes nicely compliments this dish and also cooks at 400°. Serve the peas over brown rice.
It’s not completely necessary, but if you think of it soak your peas ahead of time for at least three hours or as long as overnight, to expedite the cooking process.
* Nutritional yeast is a common ingredient in vegetarian cooking and can be found in most natural food stores. It is highly nutritious and rich in B-complex vitamins. You can also substitute an additional ½ cup of grated Parmesan cheese in lieu of the nutritional yeast.