I made Hoppin John to eat for New Years. I try to eat black eyed peas on New Years Day, it’s supposed to bring luck.
Noone else around here will look at black eyed peas, much less eat them, so I made a variation on the full fat version.
In my normal version, I use ham, ham hocks (or salt pork) and white rice. And I’ve always used fresh blackeyed peas – they’re much better than canned or frozen.
This year I used frozen. If I had a ham hock, I would have used it and skimmed the fat, but I didn’t have one on hand.
1lb frozen blackeyed peas
2 cups brown rice
garlic cloves – I used 3 but it depends on my mood
3 onions – chopped
Red Pepper – you can use red pepper flakes but I like ground red pepper
Goya Ham Flavoring – adding and tasting until I got the right flavor.
I sauteed the onion in a little olive oil Pam and ham flavoring. Started the rice cooking, put the onion in, then after 20 minutes I added the blackeyed peas to the rice, and added the red pepper. It took 45 minutes total and it was good.
Hopefully it will bring me luck.