I hate to give this only one star but I would not make it again. The only thing I did different was I used black-eyed peas that we froze from fresh. It wasn't bad, it just wasn't good to me.
Enjoy Hoppin' John as a side dish for a Southern meal along with other staples such as Fried Cabbage and Chicken and Onions.
Yield: Makes 8 to 10 servings
- 1 (16-ounce) package dried black-eyed peas
- 2 large ham hocks (about 3/4 pound)
- 2 tablespoons bacon drippings
- 4 cups water
- 1 large onion, cut into wedges
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 to 1 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 chicken bouillon cube
- Hot cooked white rice
- Bring dried black-eyed peas and water to cover to a boil in a Dutch oven; remove from heat, and let stand 1 hour. Drain.
- Remove skin from ham hocks. Chop meat from ham hocks, reserving bones.
- Sauté meat in hot bacon drippings in a large skillet over medium-high heat 3 minutes or until slightly browned.
- Combine peas, meat, bones, 4 cups water, and next 8 ingredients in Dutch oven. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, gently stirring occasionally, 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until peas are tender. Remove and discard bones. Serve over rice.
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