The Black Eyed Peas, along with Guns N Roses’ Slash, played last night’s Super Bowl halftime show and if Prince’s 2007 Super Bowl Halftime show was my generation’s Woodstock, then last night was my generation’s Altamont. Except, you know, no one died. And no Hell’s Angels. But it was pretty bad compared with what Prince did four years ago. That they roped in one of my childhood heroes, Slash, makes it even worse. If you’re still stinging from last night’s halftime show, here’s some ways to rehabilitate black-eyed peas.
The Family Kitchen has several fantastic black-eyed pea recipes, for New Year’s or any other occasion. Remember, black-eyed peas are delicious and nutritious and should be enjoyed year-round.
Hoppin’ John is a dish made with black-eyed peas that’s served for good luck on New Year’s, but it’s never a bad time to hope for a little bit of luck. This recipe is simple and fantastic.
For a little Italian flair, try making paste e fagioli, a dish of pasta, beans, bacon, and tomato. This is a seriously sophisticated dinner, that’s satisfying and inexpensive. It will definitely make you forget Fergie’s sparkling football pads.
With a little bit of heat, this recipe for spicy black-eyed peas makes for a side dish that can stand up to any main course. Besides being high in protein and nutritious, some people believe that spicy foods can help curb your appetite for sweets. So if you need another reason to make this fantastic side dish, there’s a great one.