New Year Black-Eyed Pea with Lettuce Leaf Basil Pie

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In the south, Black-Eyed Peas are eaten on New Year’s day to bring good luck for the year.

We’ve eaten our black-eyed peas several different ways. Sautéed with seasonings and butter, in a rice casserole and now in a pie with Lettuce Leaf Basil.

You can substitute the Lettuce Leaf Basil with Sweet Basil, just as long as you add the Basil.  It adds just a little extra special flavor to the Pie.  Use fresh Basil, not dried.

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New Year Black-Eyed Pea with Lettuce Leaf Basil Pie


3 tablespoons Olive Oil
2 cups fresh Mushrooms, sliced
Salt and ground Black Pepper to taste
3 Shallots, thinly sliced
1/2 pound Chorizo
1 Jalapeño, seeds removed, minced
1 (9 oz) package fresh Spinach, washed and stems removed
4 cups cooked fresh Black-Eyed Peas
1 cup Cheddar Cheese, grated
1/2 cup Heavy Cream
1/2 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
3 tablespoons Lettuce Leaf Basil, minced
1 Pastry for 10” Pie


Add mushrooms to heated olive oil. Sauté to reduce the liquid for about 8 to 10 minutes. Add kosher salt and pepper to taste. Remove and place in a bowl and set aside.

Add more olive oil and the shallots. Cook them until they’re transparent. It should take approximately 5 to 7 minutes. Add the chorizo. Cook until browned. Add fresh minced jalapeño, salt and pepper. Cook for about 2 to 4 minutes. Remove and put in a bowl and set side.

Placing 1/2 of the spinach, 1/2 of the black-eyed peas, 1/2 of the cheese, 1/2 of the heavy cream, 1 egg, and 1/2 of the Cheyenne pepper. You will process in 2 batches. Process until it’s the consistency of oatmeal.  You don’t want it to be a paste.

Spoon the chorizo mixture in the bottom of the pie crust. Layer the mushrooms over the Chorizo mixture. Spoon the spinach mixture on top of the mushrooms. Spread the remaining black-eyed peas on top of the spinach mixture. Sprinkle the Lettuce Leaf Basil over the layer of the black-eyed peas. Sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top. Preheat the oven at 375F degrees. Bake for approximately 1 1/2 hours until it’s bubbly and golden.

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