Hoppin’ John is a traditional New Year’s Day dish. It is said that eating this black-eyed peas dish on Jan. 1 will bring luck all year long.
- 4 strips bacon, diced
- 1/2 cup chopped onions
- 2 cups cooked black-eyed peas or 2 packages (10 oz. each) frozen black-eyed peas
- 1/2 cup white rice
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
In a Dutch oven, cook bacon add onions until bacon is crisp and onions are soft. Add black-eyed peas, rice, 1 cup of water, and red pepper flakes. Cover and simmer over low heat until rice is cooked, about 20 to 25 minutes. Toss with salt and pepper and serve immediately.