Ham Hoppin’ John

Hoppin’ John is one of my favorite New Years Day dishes. This is a fabulous version of it. Some that I have had in the past have been pretty bland…. NOT this one!

Very good Down Home Comfort food. It’s Full of flavor. Sooooo tasty. Very addictive. And oh the smell as it cooks!!!

It’s also a great way to use leftover ham.

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Ham Hoppin’ John


2 cups black-eyed peas, drained, rinsed
8 cups water
3⁄4 lb ham, 1/2 inch cubed
1⁄4 lb bacon, 1/2 inch strip
1 cup onion, diced
1 teaspoon garlic, roasted
1 cup long-grain white rice
1⁄2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (or to taste)
1⁄2 teaspoon sea salt
1⁄4 teaspoon black pepper, fresh ground


Put peas in a deep pan cover with 8 cups of water. Bring to a boil on high heat. Lower heat to simmer, cover pot, cook for 45 minutes. (until peas are tender but not mushy)

Place ham and bacon in frying pan over medium heat and fry for 5- 7 minutes, drain on paper towel and set aside.

Keep 1 tsp bacon fat, add the onions to pan and sauté, stirring often until soft, (4 min) set aside.

When beans are ready, drain and save 2 1/2 cups of cooking liquid.

Add rice, ham, bacon, onions, roasted garlic, thyme, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper to beans and reserved cooking liquid. Stir well. Return to high heat and bring to a boil. Lower heat and cover.

Cook 25 minutes (until rice is done and all liquid has evaporated).

Turn off stove and let sit covered for about 15 minutes.


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