Quick Hoppin' John - Black Eyed Peas With Ham

A Typical Black-Eyed Pea Meal With Collards
Black-Eyed Peas, Collard Greens, and Cornbread Sticks. Matthew Boyer/Getty Images
  • 25 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yield: 4 to 6 Servings

This hoppin' John is a quick and easy version of the popular "lucky" dish we always have on New Year's Day. Canned black-eyed peas, leftover ham, and hot cooked rice make a fast and easy meal with cornbread and greens or cabbage.

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

What You'll Need

  • 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​

How to Make It

  1. In a large saucepan, saute the chopped onion in bacon drippings until tender.
  2. Stir in the drained black-eyed peas, diced cooked ham, and cayenne pepper.
  3. Simmer for 10 minutes; stir in hot cooked rice and salt, to taste. 

Serve hoppin' John hot with thinly sliced onion and freshly baked cornbread. Add cooked cabbage or greens for a tasty New Year's Day meal.

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