Make Hoppin’ John (Black-Eyed Peas) for New Year’s Day

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Hopping John or Hoppin’ John is a recipe to make a Black Eyed Peas dish and is specifically made for serving on New Year’s Day for good luck all year long. You can have it anytime of year if you want though. I have a very old cookbook from Rubbermaid Employees that I am using to put up recipes that are unusual, hard to find, or are just different in case any searchers are looking for hard to find recipes they remember from childhood. So far, the recipes are getting lots of views, so I will keep going. This is a great meal to serve to guests on New Year’s Day to have good luck all year long. Have fun and Happy Cooking!

  • Step 1

Pour 3 C hot water over 2 C dried Black-eyed peas in a large bowl; let stand for several hours, drain.

Step 2

In a large saucepan, combine hydrated black-eyed peas, 1 t. salt, and 1 quart of water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer, uncovered, until just tender (about 35 – 40 minutes).

Step 3

In a skillet, saute’ 1/4 lb. diced bacon until crisp; Remove bacon (set aside) and reserve drippings in hot skillet.

Step 4

To drippings, add 3 cloves minced garlic and 1 large coarsly chopped green pepper; cook, stirring about 5 minutes or until green pepper is tender.

Step 5

Add the black-eyed peas back to skillet along with 1 1/2 C raw regular white rice, 3 C water, and ONE 16 oz. can undrained whole tomatoes. Mix well. Use a potato masher to mash up the tomatoes.

Step 6

Bring to boiling, reduce heat and simmer, covered, stirring several times until rice is tender, 20 – 30 minutes.

Step 7

Taste, and add more salt if needed. Sprinkle bacon over top. Makes 12 servings.

Step 8

Be sure to check out my many other recipe articles in Bukisa! Have fun and Happy Cooking!

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