Cooking Light
Active Time
15 Mins
Total Time
1 Hour
Serves 6 (serving size: about 1 1/4 cups)

Eating black-eyed peas and greens is a New Year’s Day tradition that’s said to bring good luck for the coming year. Just a little bit of bacon adds a big hit of flavor to the greens and the peas. And when you cook dried black-eyed peas in a multicooker, you can skip the soaking step.

How to Make It

1. Select SAUTÉ setting on a programmable pressure multicooker. Select HIGH temperature setting, and allow to preheat 2 to 3 minutes. Add bacon to cooker; cook, stirring often, until browned and crisp, about 4 minutes. Add onion, celery, garlic, thyme, and bay leaf; cook, stirring often, until slightly softened, about 2 minutes. Press CANCEL.

2. Stir broth, black-eyed peas, collard greens, and salt into cooker. Cover cooker with lid, and lock in place. Turn steam release handle to SEALING position. Select MANUAL/PRESSURE COOK setting. Select HIGH pressure for 20 minutes. (It will take 10 to 15 minutes for cooker to come up to pressure before cooking begins.)

3. When cooking has finished, let the pressure release naturally for 15 minutes. Carefully turn steam release handle to VENTING position, and let steam fully escape (float valve will drop). (This will take 1 to 2 minutes.) Remove lid from cooker. Remove and discard bay leaf from mixture. Stir in hot sauce, if desired.

Also appeared in: Cooking Light, November, 2021