Dec 31 2011

Happy New Year – Hoppin’ John Recipe

Have a safe and healthy holiday!

Hoppin’ John Black-Eyed Peas

My mother served black-eyed peas  on New Year’s Day  she said it would bring good luck for the whole year. Here is her recipe from her recipe notebook.

One pound dried black-eyed peas

Two tablespoons oil

One half-pound salt pork, diced

One cup thinly sliced onion

Six cups water

2 cups cooked long grain rice

One fourth to one-half teaspoonTabasco


Yield: 10 or more servings

Sort, wash and drain beans in a colander. Soak overnight in six cups of water or cover with water in large pot, bring to a boil, boil for two minutes, cover, and set aside for an hour. Do not drain.

Put oil, salt pork, and onion slices in heavy five-quart pot and cook slowly for about 10 minutes, until salt pork has browned and onion is golden, Stir in soaked beans and their water bring to a boil, lower heat, cover and simmer gently for 40 to 60 minutes, until tender.

When black-eyed peas are cooked , there will be some rich “pot liquor” left in the pan. Drain this off into a glass measuring cup. Gently fold cooked rice into peas. Pour back a cup of the pot liquor. Add Tabasco, salt and pepper to taste. Cook stirring, for two to three minutes, until broth has thicken slightly. Serve warm.


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