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hoppin’ tomorrow

HOPPIN’ JOHN 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup small dried black-eyed peas {I will soak the peas overnight}
  • 5 to 6 cups water
  • 1 dried hot pepper (optional)
  • 1 smoked ham hock (I will be using the left-over Christmas ham)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped (about 3/4 cup)
  • 1 cup long-grain white rice {will probably omit the rice – which means it won’t really hop!}

Preparation

Wash and sort the peas. Place them in a saucepan, add the water, and discard any peas that float. Gently boil the peas with the pepper, ham hock, and onion, uncovered, until tender but not mushy — about 1 1/2 hours — or until 2 cups of liquid remain. Add the rice to the pot, cover, and simmer over low heat for about 20 minutes, never lifting the lid.

Remove from the heat and allow to steam, still covered, for another 10 minutes. Remove the cover, fluff with a fork, and serve immediately.