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recipe: Hopping John (black-eyed peas)


English: Ham hock and black-eyed peas

English: Ham hock and black-eyed peas (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’ve learned last year that black-eyed peas are a Southern dish  associated with good luck.  I give you this recipe from The Joy of Cooking cookbook.


Bring to a boil in a large covered saucepan:

1-1/4 cups dry black-eyed peas

4 cups water

After boiling 2 minutes, remove pan from heat and let stand 1 hour.  Add:

1-1/2 cups chopped onions

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1/4 teaspoon crushed dried red pepper

1 minced clove garlic

1 bay leaf

After bringing to a boil, cover and simmer 1 hour, stirring occasionally.  Stir in:

8 oz coarsely chopped salt pork

Simmer another hour, uncovered, stirring frequently.  Remove the salt pork and the bay leaf.  Slightly mash the pea mixture.

Season to taste.

Serve with boiled rice.  (I think I will be using the Hopping John as the starch of the meal and serving it with pork chops and vegetables.)

Author: Debb Stanton

I am an optimistic, positive person who is a seven year cancer survivor. Since that time I have learned that getting a cancer diagnosis does not always mean an automatic death sentence. I like to share my hope with others and continue to encourage them - no matter who they are or what they need encouragement for. I write poems, prayers, articles, and stories. Recently the premiere issue of my online magazine, launched. Thank you for visiting!

10 thoughts on “recipe: Hopping John (black-eyed peas)

  1. I love Hoppin’ John even got a salad based on it for summer from the Charleston paper when I lived there. I’ll have to look it up and post it! Thanks for the idea!

  2. Ummmmmmm good! All y’all will love it.

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