Friday, January 2, 2009

New Year's Day Cooking

As a TRUE SOUTHERN GIRL a New Year's Day favorite of mine is Black Eye Pea, Sausage and Rice Casserole. I know my post is a day late but I was busy cooking and then EATING yesterday--hehehe. This is very easy to put together and it makes a TON. I brown the sausage (and if you're not a big sausage eaten you can do 1/2 and 1/2 with Hamburger Meat) and then dump all the ingredients and mix well before putting in a casserole dish.

Here is the finished product with cheese on top and ready to bake for about 45 minutes to heat thoroughly and melt all the cheezy goodness.
Blackeyed Pea Casserole

1 lb Breakfast Sausage (hot or regular)
1 Chopped Onion
1 Chopped Bell Pepper
2 Cups of Cooked Rice
2 Cans Rotel Tomatoes (drained)
2 Cans of Black Eyed Peas (jalapeno or plain)
1 cup Cheddar Cheese

Mix all together and bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees.

THEN, I baked some cookies to use up the red and green M&M's I had. It's the regular Toll House recipe with M&M's added instead of Chocolate Chips. I had a 1/2 package of white Chocolate Chips so THOSE, PLUS some pecan's got thrown in for good measure....YUMMMMM!! Since I'm single and can't leave ALL this food around for me to pig out on, my next door neighbors and their two handsome 16 and 18 year old football playing, "Big Men on Campus" sons get the benefits when I cook! They can wolf down a LOT of food...LOL! And I enjoy cooking so it benefits us both.


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  2. I was still thinking about another post when I answered above! (I think I must need a nap)

    I am full from dinner..but I always have room for a cookie...and those look delicious!

  3. Wait just a minute! You mean I did not get an invite for this delicious dinner???? :)

    Hope you had a good New Years and hope to see you soon! xo....deb

  4. I think I am going to have to try this Black Eye Pea, Sausage and Rice Casserole. It sounds really good. Hugs, Terrie

  5. Happy new year! Your casserole looks great, and you can never go wrong with cookies.

  6. Susan, I am doing the same thing you're doing on a Friday night! We both have such exciting lives! This recipe looks great, and I have saved it. I wish I'd had it yesterday when I did my New Year's dinner. I'm a true Southerner too-black eyed peas, cabbage, greens, cornbread and kiabasa in rice. I'm not taking any chances on having good luck! Thanks for stopping by my blog. You always leave such kind notes. laurie

  7. Hi Susan, Up here in the north we eat pork, sauerkraut & mashed potatoes. Your casserole sounds good, I'll have to give it a try.
    Happy New Year, DebraK

  8. Mmmm. With those ingredients you can not go wrong.

    Happy New Year!

  9. mmmmmm sounds yummy!

    Happy New Year!

  10. It all looked so good. Thank you for the recipe.

  11. Wow that food looks good. I would like the try that with the peas. Another good way to use a staple food.
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  12. Thanks for a wonderful recipe. It is a little different to our usual and that is what makes it look so good.

  13. Hi Susan. Oh, I've never had a black eyed pea casserole before and I just may have to try this - it sound delicious!
    Thank you so much for your well wishes for my Mother.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  14. Now I grew up in the south but have never heard of that casserole. I think I could really like this! YUM!

  15. I'm close enough that I could have come over and helped you get rid of some of that yummy goodness!! haha.....
    thanks for visiting my blog again...hope your week back to work is a good one.
    Take care!

  16. YUM!!! I love black eyed pea jambalaya, so the idea of adding cheese sounds delicious. Love your blog, I can relate to soooo much of your bio! "Talk" soon!!!

  17. PS, How amazing that you found out my laundry detergent secret! Yes, there may be lots of other detergents that clean better and get my clothes whiter, but DO THEY MATCH THE LAUNDRY ROOM????? Ha.

  18. Hi Susan...

    Why don't you send us some of those 70 degrees your weather bug says it is where you are?!? LOL!!

    It will slowly begin to soon as the warmer (38 degrees) weather settles in...probably by 2 or 3pm.

    Besides the weather, can you send us some of that Rice Casserole?

  19. I will try this out. It beats plain black eyed peas and cabbage. Bleh.

    I wish I was getting Southern Accents instead of S. Living!

  20. First of all, pleasure meeting you Susan :) and thank you for your darling comment!
    That casserole looks delicious! Thank you for sharing that recipe with us, I have the ingredients in my pantry and I will be trying it out soon♥

  21. Black eyed peas is a New Years Eve custome here too, we make it into a 'pelau' you may know it as a 'pilaf'

    It is lovely to meet you! I'm off to explore you blog now!

  22. Hi Susan and thanks for the visit!! :-)
    I would love to have your recipe for chocolate chip cookies :-) (love them, but can't seem to find a good recipe.. we don't make them over here..)

    Please come back some time.. I will link you

    Monica (in Norway)

  23. That casserole looks so good. I may have to try it soon.


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