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Ham Hopping John

Ham Hopping John

Ham Hopping John is my favorite New Years Day dish!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Ham Hopping John
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 245 kcal


  • 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


  1. Put peas in a deep pan cover with 8 cups of water. Bring to a boil on high heat. Lower heat to simmer, cover the pot, cook for 45 minutes. (until peas are tender but not mushy)
  2. Place ham and bacon in frying pan over medium heat and fry for 5- 7 minutes, drain on a paper towel and set aside.
  3. Keep 1 tsp bacon fat, add the onions to the pan and sauté, stirring often until soft, (4 min) set aside.
  4. When beans are ready, drain and save 2 1/2 cups of cooking liquid.
  5. 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.
  6. Cook 25 minutes (until rice is done and all liquid has evaporated).
  7. Turn off the stove and let sit covered for about 15 minutes.