Hoppin’ John

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Onion pic

Hoppin’ John is a traditional Southern dish that originally came to America from Africa.  It is often served on New Year’s Day, as it is supposed to bring luck to those who eat it.  It makes both an excellent side dish, or even a main course.


garlicCooking Instructions:

In large pot, sauté over medium heat onion, green pepper, red pepper, garlic, and ham in olive oil, until vegetables begin to soften.  Stir in black-eyed peas, rice, and water, along with red pepper flakes and salt & pepper.  Turn heat to high and bring to boil.  Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until rice is tender.  Remove from heat and let stand covered for 5 minutes.

Serve topped with cheese and scallions.

Serves 10-12.

Recipe adapted by Andrew Ross from a conglomeration of traditional recipes.