Happy New Year!!! In my family, that always meant black eyed peas, greens and corn bread. I decided to do Instant Pot black eyed peas and collard greens this year. It is so easy and tasty you’ll probably find yourself whipping it up throughout the year – I know I will!
This is one of three collard greens recipes I’ve posted this week. Also check out:
Bacon, egg and collard greens
The meaning behind traditional New Year’s Day foods
My grandma used to say the black eyed peas were for health, the greens were for money and the corn bread was to represent coins. A quick Google search just taught me it’s actually all about the money: peas for pennies, greens for cash, golden corn bread for coins.
I’m trying to get back into the swing of NSNG eating (no sugar no grain), so I’m skipping the cornbread this year. I’ll just eat extra greens since the cash is the important part, right?
We usually had cabbage growing up, but I’m all about the collard greens now. Instant Pot collard greens makes it easy to have them anytime.
Instant Pot Black Eyed Peas and Collard Greens
- 1 pound bag dry black eyed peas
- 1 pound fresh collard greens (or other greens), washed, hard stems removed and chopped
- 2 32-ounce cartons chicken broth
- 1 smoked ham hock
- 1 onion, cut into thick chunks
- Seasonings to taste: (I used salt, pepper, garlic powder and chili powder)
- Put peas in pot.
- Pour in broth.
- Add ham hock and onion.
- Season with your choice of spices.
- Set to manual for 40 minutes, followed by natural release.
- Remove lid and stir.
- Check seasoning and add more if desired.
- Add greens.
- Push down and stir to get them all in pot. Some may be above the liquid. This is okay.
- Put lid back on and set for 2 minutes, then quick release.
You can add a smoked turkey leg instead of the ham hock if you prefer. You can also substitute the chicken stock for veggie stock and leave out the meat altogether for vegetarian option. My daughter likes slices of kielbasa thrown in at the end. The hot is so hot there’s no need to bring it back up to pressure again once you toss them in. They’ll heat up quickly from the heat of the beans and greens.
Instant Pot Collard Greens
Just want Instant Pot collard greens? You can do that, too! First put everything (greens, broth, seasoning, onion, ham hock if you want it) in the pot. Then set it on manual for two minutes. Once the time is up, do a quick release. Are the greens tender enough for you? If not, simply switch to saute mode until they are.
My family would gather at my aunt and uncle’s on New Year Day. They have several acres of land and we’d sit around a fire, make s’mores, lounge in hammocks, walk over to see the neighbor’s horses and FEAST. Black eyed peas were a must. My mom and grandma always made cabbage with it, but a family friend would bring collard greens. That’s when I fell in love with collards! I’m really happy I can quickly make Instant Pot black eyed peas and collard greens now.
Enjoy and best wishes in 2019!