Hoppin' John Recipe

Step 1

Put the bacon in a saucepan and cook, stirring often, until crisp. Add the carrots, celery, and cook, stirring, about one minute.

Step 2

Add the peas, garlic, about 1 1/4 quarts of water, or to barely cover, thyme, bay leaf, salt, and red pepper flakes. Bring to the boil and let simmer, uncovered, 30-40 minutes, until tender but not mushy. Remove from heat.

Step 3

Put the rice in a saucepan and add 1 1/2 cups water and salt to taste. Bring to the boil and let set 17 minutes. Stir in the butter.

Step 4

Cut the unpeeled tomato into 1/4 inch cubes; there should be about one cup.

Step 5

Arrange the hot rice in the center of a platter. Spoon the hot pea mixture, including liquid, over the rice. Scatter the cheese over the peas. Place tomato cubes around the rice. Scatter the scallions over the tomatoes. Serve immediately.

Things You'll Need

  • 1/8lb Streaky bacon or salt pork
  • 1/2c Finely chopped celery
  • 1/3c Diced Carrots
  • 2/3c Finely chopped Onion
  • 10oz Black eyed peas
  • 2 3/4c Water, approx.
  • 1 Garlic clove
  • 6 Sprigs of fresh Thyme
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 1/4ts Dried hot red pepper flakes
  • 2tb Butter
  • 1/4lb Sharp cheddar cheese
  • Salt to taste
  • 1c Rice
  • 1 Ripe tomato
  • 1c Finely chopped Scallions

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