Hoppin John is a dish we eat in the Low Country of South Carolina for good luck. We also eat collards for wealth.(Some people cook the collards with a dime in it for wealth.)Old Gullah custom.
6 cups of water 1 ham hock 1 medium onion 1 cup Long-grain white rice 1 cup of dried black eyed peas
Wash and sort the peas. Place them in a saucepan, add the water, and discard any peas that float. Gently boil the peas with the ham hock and onion,uncovered, until tender but not mushy -about 1 1/2 hours - or until 2 cups of liquid remain. Add the rice to the pot,cover, and simmer for about 30 minutes, never lifting the lid. Remove from the heat and allow to steam, still covered, for another 10 minutes. Remove the cover, fluff with a fork, and serve immediately.
Hoppin John is a delicious meal.It may be an acquired taste. I have been eating it all my life. I actually cooked some today. I made a varition of it to make it a little healthier.
Instead of ham hock, I used a pork chop.Instead of white rice,I used brown rice. I also added a 1/2 of green pepper,and 1/2 cup of mushrooms, and a small stalk of celery for taste. It was delicious and I have left-overs for tommorow.
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