Hoppin' John

Hoppin' John Recipe
Oxmoor House
This traditional good-luck stew is popular in the South. Eating it on New Year's Day promises a prosperous and healthy New Year.


Serves 4 to 6

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Gooseberry Patch


1 cup dried black-eyed peas
10 cups water, divided
6 slices bacon, coarsley chopped
3/4 cup onion, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 cup long-cooking rice, uncooked


Rinse peas and place in a large saucepan with 6 cups water. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer 2 minutes. Remove from heat, cover and let stand one hour. Drain and rinse.

In same pan, cook bacon until crisp. Drain off drippings, reserving 3 tablespoons in pan. Add peas, remaining water, onion, celery, cayenne peper and salt. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat. Simmer 30 minutes.

Add rice; cover and simmer 20 more minutes or until peas and rice are tender.

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