Celebrate 2020 With a Southern Tradition

Enjoy Ham, Black-Eyed Peas, and Collard Greens on the Gulf Coast ~ Southern Vacation Rentals

Celebrate the New Year with a Southern tradition – ham, black-eyed peas, and collard greens. It’s said that dining on black-eyed peas as your first meal on New Year’s Day brings luck and prosperity, and who can say no to that? The collard greens symbolize wealth, so add an extra helping onto your plate. The ham adds a rich, salty flavor and can be removed afterward if you don’t want to eat it. The best part of this quick recipe is that you can make it in one pot for minimal clean up. Want to enjoy some of the best ham, black-eyed peas, and collard greens on the Gulf Coast? Head to Mike’s Cafe & Oyster Bar in Panama City Beach for their daily lunch special. You’ll frequently find black-eyed peas and collard greens on their menu, and are frequently touted as the best place to enjoy black-eyed peas and collard greens in Panama City Beach. They’ve been around since 1971, passing down their family recipes to this popular dining spot.

Want to learn how to make the best ham, black-eyed peas, and collard greens on the Gulf Coast yourself? Check out our easy recipe below that makes for a lucky and prosperous New Year!

Best Collard Greens on the Gulf Coast

Eating black-eyed peas on the first day of the new year is said to bring luck and prosperity!

Best Collard Greens on the Gulf Coast

Meanwhile, eating collard greens is said to bring wealth to whoever eats it on the new year.

What You’ll Need:

1/2 lb dried black-eyed peas 1 yellow onion, chopped 4 whole garlic cloves, peeled
1 lb smoked ham hocks 1 tsp dried thyme 1 bay leaf
6 cups chicken broth 1 lb collard greens Black pepper to taste


  1. First, inse and sort the black eyed peas. Pat dry, then add to a large pot and cover with cold water. Let soak overnight at room temperature – don’t put in the fridge!
  2. Next, repeat draining, rinsing, and draining the peas. Once the pot is dry, add the onion and garlic and cook until the onions begin to soften, about five minutes.
  3. Add the ham hocks, thyme, bay leaf, and chicken broth. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Stir to reduce any foam that may rise to the top. Once brought to a boil, bring the heat down to low and simmer. Cover for about 30 minutes.
  4. Finally, be sure to rinse your collard greens thoroughly, as sometimes they can be a little gritty! Remove the coarse part of the stems and chop the leaves. Add to the pot and bring to a boil. Then, reduce the heat to low and simmer, uncovered, for about 10 minutes. The peas and greens should be nice and tender! Serve hot and enjoy for luck and prosperity in the new year.


Did you like our Ham, Black-Eyed Peas, and Collard Greens on the Gulf Coast recipe? If you made this and loved it as much as we did, share your recipe with us on social media using our hashtag #MySweetSouthern. We’ll see you in 2020 with another exciting recipe! From all of us at Southern, have a happy and prosperous New Year!

2020-01-07T22:05:59-06:00December 20th, 2019|Food, Gulf Coast Blog|

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