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When I moved to the south I created this Hoppin' John recipe, so I could participate in the tradition of “eating poor” on the first day of the New Year.
We picked up the tradition of eating Hoppin' John on New Year's Day when we lived in Virginia. The custom is to “eat poor” on New Year's Day so you eat well the rest of the year. Eating poor does not have to equal eating poorly! Hoppin' John is a great example of how you can eat delicious food inexpensively. Just because this recipe is traditionally served on New Year's Day does not mean you can't enjoy it throughout the year.
- 1 pound dried black eyed peas
- leftover ham or roast bones
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 onion, diced
- 2 celery stalks, thinly sliced
- 6 - 8 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 cups long-grain brown rice
- 4 cups of water or broth
- 1 teaspoon thyme
- pepper to taste
- cayenne pepper to taste
- I cup leftover roast or ham, diced (optional)