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Hoppin' John?

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penni Dec 30, 2013 07:19 PM

I just searched for Hoppin' John here, and was amazed that there were no results found since it is a traditional southern dish for good luck in the new year, which is upon us! Does anyone have a tried and true recipe? Much obliged!

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    janniecooks RE: penni Dec 31, 2013 01:28 AM

    did you search for black eyed peas? The result is tons of links, here's just a few:

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/903219#8096639
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/929275#8540304
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/756445#6173162
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/3536...

    Now, these discussions may not be as narrowly focused on hopping john, but plenty of good ideas there.

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      iL Divo RE: janniecooks Dec 31, 2013 02:51 AM

      our neighbors made it every year. they started it going New Year's Eve during their party. all us girls'd be in the kitchen helping out. smelled great/tasted better next day NYDay

    2. sunshine842 RE: penni Dec 31, 2013 03:46 AM

      I think the threads are titled Hopping John...but yes, there are tons of them (including a few running currently)

      Soak your beans.

      Simmer them with a piece of smoked, cured meat (hog jowl, ham hock, smoked turkey wings, etc) and a chopped onion til tender. Add salt, pepper, and Tabasco to taste.

      done.

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        susanl143 RE: sunshine842 Dec 31, 2013 04:59 AM

        Proper New Year's hopping John needs to also have some greens cooked in. I use Kale. The symbolism is green for money in the new year and beans for coins. Just shred or cut some greens and toss them in towards the end of cooking time for the beans. Cook until the greens are tender -- maybe 15 to 20 minutes. Depending on the heat under the beans and the size of your shreds maybe a bit less or more time. Yummy -- and good for our health so even if the money doesn't arrive we get something even more valuable.

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          carolinadawg RE: susanl143 Dec 31, 2013 05:08 AM

          Actually, traditional Hopping John does not contain greens (they are served separately), but it does contain rice. Here is a good recipe for the OP:

          Hoppin’ John
          Makes 8 or more servings
          1 pound dried black-eyed peas (soaked overnight)
          6 to 8 cups water, as needed
          1 large ham hock or 1 piece salt pork (¼ to ½ pound)
          Large pinch crushed red pepper flakes, or 2 seeded and diced jalapeños
          1 large onion, chopped
          Salt
          1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
          1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
          1½ cups long-grain white rice
          Fresh chopped green onions or parsley
          Hot sauce
          1. Rinse the peas; place in a saucepan with water and ham hock. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Add crushed red pepper flakes and onion. Gently simmer about 1 hour until peas are just barely tender and about 3 cups of liquid remain. (Add more water if needed.)
          2. Taste and add salt as needed. Add the bell peppers and rice, cover and cook over low heat for 20 minutes.
          3. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed. Sprinkle with green onions or parsley and serve with hot sauce on the side. Serve with collards, hog jowls or bacon, and cornbread if desired.

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            Crockett67 RE: carolinadawg Dec 31, 2013 06:43 AM

            That's similar to how I make it. Soak peas overnight, water, ham hock, onions, peppers, (a little celery) placed in the slow cooker on low 6+ hours. Seasoned to taste at the end. Serve over white rice.

            Collards made separately but with similar ingredients. Collards, ham hock, onions, peppers, a little celery, water, 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar, salt, pepper, a few shots of Tabasco, and time.

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        sparky403 RE: penni Dec 31, 2013 11:09 AM

        Is it okay to do the quick soak method with Black Eyed Peas?

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          sunshine842 RE: sparky403 Dec 31, 2013 11:13 AM

          Yes -- quick soak works with all dried beans.

        2. toodie jane RE: penni Dec 31, 2013 11:34 AM

          is today the day to consume or tomorrow??

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            carolinadawg RE: toodie jane Dec 31, 2013 11:42 AM

            Tomorrow, per tradition. Any day, per one's desire.

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