Guess I'm the lone voice of dissent on this one. I was looking forward to a light version of this classic New Year's Day dish but was sorely disappointed. The flavor profile of the dish is basically dried thyme...that's it. I used smoked ham hocks and don't think they added anything. Furthermore, at least on the hocks I bought, there was literally no meat to be found, just skin, bone, tendon and fat. For me, Hoppin' John has always meant a LOT of bacon as well as some chopped country ham. Not a healthy dish but a really tasty, meaty, smoky, hearty and savory one. This version tasted like peas and rice in some some weakly seasoned water.
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8stringfan Posted: 01/02/11
ckfisch Posted: 01/03/13
This is my go-to Hoppin' John recipe. My husband and I both love it!!