Hoppin' John

Serves 4 to 6

A steaming bowl of this thick stew is said to bring luck for the coming year, but you don't need ro relegate this dish to a New Year's menu. Smoky ham and vegetables enhance simple black-eyed peas and rice. Note that the black-eyed peas need to be soaked for at least 6 hours ahead of time.

Ingredients: 
  • 2 cups dried black-eyed peas
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 smoked ham shank or hock
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 cup long-grain rice
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • Ground pepper, to taste
  • Red chile pepper hot sauce, (optional)
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Method: 

Rinse black-eyed peas and soak in water to cover for 6 hours or overnight. Drain peas and transfer to a large soup pot. Add water, onion, ham shank and thyme. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until peas are tender but still whole, about 45 minutes. Add rice, green pepper, cayenne, salt and pepper. Cover and simmer until rice is tender, about 15 to 20 minutes. If desired, season with red chile pepper hot sauce. Remove ham shank before serving.

Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving:170 calories (30 from fat), 3.5g total fat, 1g saturated fat, 151mg cholesterol, 580mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (5g dietary fiber, 4g sugar), 12g protein
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