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Hoppin' John

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“In the southern United States, eating Hoppin' John on New Year's Day is thought to bring a prosperous year filled with luck. The peas are symbolic of pennies or coins, and a coin is sometimes added to the pot or left under the dinner bowls. Collard greens, mustard greens, turnip greens, chard, kale, cabbage etc. along with this dish are supposed to also add to the wealth since they are the color of money. I had leftover ham and a bag of black eyed peas. Combined recipe on bag with Betty Crocker and tweaked a bit.”
1hr 50mins

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Prepare black eyed peas overnight or quick method. (I boiled for 5 min, brought to boil and simmered for one hour.).
  2. Dice ham and remove as much fat as possible.
  3. Chop onion.
  4. Combine onion and ham in dutch oven, stir over medium heat until onions start to wilt.
  5. Add chili powder.
  6. Add cooked beans with any remaining cooking liquid.
  7. Add water so that there is about a total of one cup liquid.
  8. Add rice.
  9. Cover, simmer for 10 minutes.
  10. Add salt and pepper if needed.

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