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Spicy Black-Eyed Pea Bites for New Year's

New Year's Day is always a time I like to reflect on the past and set new goals for the year to come. My goal from last year was to make my skillet black-eyed pea dish on a day other than New Year's. I failed, as here we are at the end of 2013 and I am again making a variation on this dish for New Year's, as black-eyed peas and greens are an age old good luck tradition. This year, for a fun twist on the full skillet dish, I've made it bite-sized and added a spicy kick. These are easy to prep in advance and heat up just as the clock strikes midnight, and to pair with a glass of Champagne so that everyone can start the year off with luck and prosperity.

Start by making skillet black-eyed peas (recipe here). Additional ingredients include collard leaves (cut into ribbons), shredded cheese, jalapeño (sliced), and 6 sheets of thawed fillo dough.

We're going to make the bite-sized cups using fillo dough and a mini muffin tin. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and spray your muffin tins with a non-stick cooking spray. Once the fillo dough has thawed per package directions, lay individual sheets out, stacking them and coating each with a thin brush of melted butter.

Once you have 6 sheets stacked and buttered, use a cookie cutter larger than your muffin tin holes and cut out individual rounds.

Gently press your individual dough rounds into your muffin tin compartments and bake for 10-12 minutes until crisp.

After the fillo cups have baked, remove them from the oven and fill with a few ribbons of collards. Scoop a spoonful of the skillet black-eyed pea mixture and top with cheese and a jalapeño.

Place the individual cups onto a cookie sheet in preparation for going into the oven at 11:45pm. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes or until cheese begins to melt.

After the clock strikes midnight and the individual kisses and toasts have been given, pass these hors d'oeuvre's around, wishing luck and prosperity to all guests in attendance.

Everyone here at Tasting Room and Lot18 wishes you a happy and prosperous 2014!