Oxmoor House
Serves 4 to 6

This traditional good-luck stew is popular in the South. Eating it on New Year's Day promises a prosperous and healthy New Year.

How to Make It

Step 1

Rinse peas and place in a large saucepan with 6 cups water. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer 2 minutes. Remove from heat, cover and let stand one hour. Drain and rinse.

Step 2

In same pan, cook bacon until crisp. Drain off drippings, reserving 3 tablespoons in pan. Add peas, remaining water, onion, celery, cayenne peper and salt. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat. Simmer 30 minutes.

Step 3

Add rice; cover and simmer 20 more minutes or until peas and rice are tender.

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