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Quick Hoppin' John


Considered a lucky meal for New Years Day, serve this Southern tradition with cornbread.


  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon bacon drippings
  • 2 cans (about 16 ounces each) black-eyed peas, slightly drained, or about 3 cups cooked black-eyed peas
  • 1 cup chopped cooked ham
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 3 cups hot cooked rice
  • salt to taste
  • sliced sweet onion, optional


In a large saucepan sauté chopped onion in bacon drippings until tender. Stir in black-eyed peas, ham, and cayenne pepper. Simmer for 10 minutes; stir in hot cooked rice and salt. Serve Hoppin' John hot with sliced onion.
Hoppin' John recipe serves 4 to 6.

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