Sunday, December 31, 2006

Hoppin Johns & Cornbread

Readers: Happy New Year! (my apologies for not visiting each of you, the internet is tied up out here and I am having trouble connecting due to "busy" messages - so I offer this generalised wish to you all! - be safe!)

Soak: 8 hrs., Prep: 10 min., Cook: 2 hrs., Stand: 10 min.

1 cup (8 ounces) dried black-eyed peas
10 cups water
3 bacon slices
1 small onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 cup uncooked long-grain rice
1 1/2 teaspoons salt

Place peas in a Dutch oven or large saucepan. Add water to cover 2 inches above peas; let soak 8 hours. Drain peas, discarding water.

Bring peas and 7 cups water to a boil over medium-high heat in Dutch oven. Reduce heat to medium, and simmer, uncovered, 1 1/2 hours or until peas are tender.

Cook bacon in a large skillet 5 minutes or until crisp; remove bacon, and drain on paper towels, reserving drippings in skillet. Crumble bacon.

Sauté onion and bell pepper in hot drippings in skillet over medium heat 5 minutes or until tender.

Add vegetable mixture, remaining 3 cups water, rice, and salt to peas.

Cook, covered, over medium heat 20 minutes or until rice is tender.

Remove from heat, and let stand, covered, 10 minutes before serving. Sprinkle with crumbled bacon.

Serve with cornbread.


Erin said...

Happy New Year! I had no idea about the black eyed peas/ New Year tradition. Someone told me earlier today that they bring wealth. That explains a lot. Thanks for your comment to my blog. Hook 'em!...Even though I'm a Sooner fan.

Sarge Charlie said...

I am working on my Post for this evening,black eyed peas and collard greens, and oh yes cornbread. Good stuff

Hopping Johns and cornbread sound good to me

L>T said...

that recipe sounds really good to me! I've never really cooked black-eyed peas but i like all sorts of beans & legumes.

What do you call it though?

Have A Happy New Year, BTW!!!!!

Skittles said...

In the south we always did beans & cornbread, too!

Happy New Year!

NoMas said...

Erin: I can hardly believe you did not know about peas & cornbread tradition!

Sarge: Your post had me drooling this morning - I was starving.

Tart: Hoppin Johns are really good - add a little tabasco....

Skittles: must haves