HOPPIN’ JOHN RECIPE
Tradition says that eating Hoppin’ John, collard greens and cornbread on New Year’s Day will bring a year filled with good luck.
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 1 tablespoon bacon drippings
- 2 cans (about 16 ounces each) black-eyed peas, slightly drained, or about 3 cups cooked black-eyed peas
- 1 cup chopped cooked ham
- ¼ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
- 3 cups hot cooked rice
- salt to taste
- sliced sweet onion, optional
In a large saucepan sauté chopped onion in bacon drippings until tender. Stir in black-eyed peas, ham, and cayenne pepper. Simmer for 10 minutes; stir in hot cooked rice and salt. Serve Hoppin’ John hot with sliced onion and cornbread.
Serves 4 to 6