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Hoppin’ John

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Hoppin’ John is traditional southern fare on New Year’s Day. But southern or not, you must try it at least once.

Ingredients

  • 1-½ cup Dried Black-eyed Peas (Note: There Will Be Peas Left Over)
  • 8 cups Water, Divided
  • 3 teaspoons Salt
  • 1 whole Small Ham Hock (or 1/4 Lb. Hog Jowl)
  • 5 slices Thick Cut Bacon (or Hog Jowl)
  • 1 whole Large Onion, Chopped
  • 2 cups Long Grain White Rice, Uncooked
  • 1 teaspoon Dried Red Pepper Flakes

Preparation

Over medium heat, place the dried black-eyed peas, 6 cups of water, salt and ham hock. Cook covered over medium heat until tender.

While the peas are cooking, fry the bacon until crisp. Remove bacon, crumble and set aside, reserving the bacon grease.

Sauté chopped onion in the bacon grease until softened.

In a large sized sauce pan, with a tight-fitting lid, add the rice, 2 cups of the the pea liquid, 2 cups of water, 2 cups of the cooked black-eyed peas, sautéed onions, bacon grease, crumbled bacon and red pepper flakes.

Cook covered over medium-low heat until rice is done, about 15-20 minutes. If needed, add more pea liquid if rice gets too dry.

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sarahb on 1.1.2011

This Yankee is making it today. Thanks for the recipe! Looks delicious.

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southernandgfcf on 12.31.2010

This is so delicious! We just had it alongside a collard greens/turnips greens and tops mix. Thank you missamy. It’s definitely one of the very best things I’ve ever eaten. Happy New Year!

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brachylove on 12.30.2010

I’m definitely going to try this! I love black eyed peas and I love Southern cooking! Thanks for the recipe!

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sharoneason on 12.30.2010

I live in Charleston, SC and this is part of our New Year’s Day dinner table and is served with collard greens. Have you ever tried field peas instead of blackeyed peas? It’s great. I love your recipe box!

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pambala on 12.29.2010

I’ve always wondered how to make this! Sounds delicious! Thanks!

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rivergirl10 on 1.18.2012

Excellent recipe. I hope it brings me good luck—-I served it for New Year’s Day dinner.

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designbynicola on 1.4.2011

Made this tonight and loved it – even my 2-year-old ate all of his! Made a few modifications/substitutions: used presoaked blackeyed peas and brown rice, so I threw the peas, 2C of rice and 4C of chicken broth together in a pot and cooked for 40 minutes (until the rice was done). Meanwhile, I sauteed the onion, 3 old scallions and about 2C of cubed leftover ham in a bit of butter until all were golden. I stirred together the rice and ham mixtures and served them with hot sauce (so the kiddos could adjust the spice on their own). Worked out well despite all of my changes. Thanks for the super recipe.

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jammoss on 1.2.2011

We had this fo New Year’s Day, and it was delicious. We added some of the extra peas to our servings.

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southernandgfcf on 12.31.2010

Easy to follow instructions. One of the best things I’ve ever eaten.

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