Name: Hopping John

Eaten on New Year's Day, this dish is supposed to bring good luck.



Yield: about 10 servings

Comments: 1/1/2012 - Started at 1:30 pm. Used 2.5 pound bag of black-eyed peas so doubled the recipe. Eight cups of water led to a final result that was a little too liquid. Used 2 lb of ham instead of the salt pork. Tasted good.
12/31/2017 - One bag of black-eyed peas contains a pound, about 2 1/4 cups. I mostly doubled the other amounts: 7 1/3 cups of water, 2 cups chopped onion, 2 teaspoons black pepper, 1 teaspoon crushed dried red pepper, 3 cloves garlic, 3 bay leaves, and 2.08 pounds of ham. The ham was pre-sliced. The result was too spicy for Gail and too watery.
1/1/2019 - The 1-lb bag contained about 2 1/2 cups of black-eyed peas. I used 7 1/4 cups of water, but later removecd 1/2 cup from the saucepan. I also used 2 1/2 cups of onions, 1 3/4 teaspoon of black pepper, 1/8 teaspoon of cayenne pepper, 2 cloves of garlic, 2 (or more) bay leafs, 12-oz salt pork, and 12-oz of ham steak. I started at 2 PM and followed the recipe as well as I could.
1/1/2020 - I used 1 pound of black-eyed peas, 6 1/2 cups of water, 3 cups of chopped onion, 2 cloves of garlic, 3 bay leaves, 16-oz of ham steak cut into cubes, as well as the specified spices. I started at 2:30 PM, and simmered about 1 1/2 hour at the end.

Source: Joy of Cooking, 1978 edition. Click here to see an alternate recipe from GOYA.

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