Southern black-eyed peas with collard greens is a New Year’s special meal that I grew up on every year. Tasty by themselves, even better combined into one dish!

Ring in the New Year with lucky, tower-grown collard greens! 


  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp garlic, minced
  • 1 medium red onion, chopped
  • 12-16 ounces of Copiana collard greens, fresh, rinsed, stems removed, and chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 cup ham, cooked and diced
  • 2 cups water
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper, more to taste
  • 31 ounces black-eyed peas, drained


  1. Preheat cast-iron Dutch oven on medium for a couple of minutes.
  2. Add oil, garlic, and onion, stir, and cook for 5 minutes.
  3. Add collards to your pan, stir, and cover for 5 minutes.
  4. Add ham, salt, black pepper, and water or broth. Lower heat to 3-4-cover and cook for 25 minutes.
  5. Add drained beans and stir together-cover and cook for 10 minutes. Serve right away with cornbread or biscuits.