Hoppin' John

My family's traditional New Year's dish eaten to bring good luck.


prep 0:30       total 9:00


6 servings



1 cup of black-eyed peas, washed and soaked 8 hours
5 cups of water
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes or
Tapatio to taste *optional
1 smoked ham hock or
hog jowl
1 md. white onion, chopped
1/2 green pepper, chopped
1 cup of long-grain white rice


Soak peas overnight. Place the peas and water in a medium saucepan and discard any peas that float. Add red pepper, ham hock, onion, and green pepper and simmer gently for 45 minutes until peas are tender but not mushy. Approx 2 cups of water should remain. Add the rice, cover and cook for 20 minutes. Do not lift the lid or stir during this time! Remove from heat and let stand covered another 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork and serve.

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