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Hoppin' John

"I eat this dish every New Year's day, it's supposed to bring you luck, and so far my life's been pretty good. It's also good anytime you need a hearty homey meal!"
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2 h 15 m servings 475 cals
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  • Calories:
  • 475 kcal
  • 24%
  • Fat:
  • 9.3 g
  • 14%
  • Carbs:
  • 64.1g
  • 21%
  • Protein:
  • 33.6 g
  • 67%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 61 mg
  • 20%
  • Sodium:
  • 619 mg
  • 25%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
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  1. In a large pan place the peas, ham hock, onion, red pepper, salt and pepper. Cover with water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook for 1 1/2 hours.
  2. Remove ham hock and cut meat into pieces. Return meat to pot. Stir in the rice, cover and cook until rice is tender, about 20 to 25 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Sprinkle shredded cheese over top, if desired. Serve

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I am rating this recipe to include the changes I made to it. After looking at the recipe I thought this was a good base, but sounded as thought it might be a bit on the bland side. Sooo..I made ...

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Very bland. See review from Calgier. I should have heeded it myself.

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I am rating this recipe to include the changes I made to it. After looking at the recipe I thought this was a good base, but sounded as thought it might be a bit on the bland side. Sooo..I made ...

This was the best black eyed pea recipe that I have tried...I substituted a pound of bacon for the ham was GREAT...could be served as an entire meal...I impressed everyone with this o...

I used long-grain brown rice (added about 30 minutes after the peas) and a slow cooker so it took me about 4 hours. I also used precooked diced ham. The result was VERY flavorful and thick. E...

Overall this was a good recipe. The only thing I would do different next time is to use less red pepper (it packs quite a punch) and use less rice, so the dish has more of a wet consistency. I h...

Very good! My husband and son have agreed this will be an annual New Years' Day recipe. The recipe did not call for it, but I pre-soaked the peas and tossed out the soaking water, adding fresh...

My number one piece of advice is start on this early. The prep can take awhile, but then it takes care of itself. This is hearty and I'd say the recipe makes enough for at least 6 people to hav...

I use Hog Jowls instead of Ham Hocks. You can get them almost anywhere in the South around New Years and in some stores all the time. I also find that cooking the Black Eyed Peas in a cro...

Good, inexpensive hearty meal although I would spice it up a little more probably with garlic and more onion.

I completed my annual tradition of making Hoppin' John, and this, by far, is the best recipe!