Hoppin' John

This traditional southern recipe is said to bring luck throughout the year if eaten on New Year's Day. We think this meatless version is wonderful anytime of the year.


1 package (16 ounces) frozen black-eyed peas
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup chopped onions
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
2 tablespoons soy sauce
black pepper to taste

2 cups brown rice, cooked
1 ripe tomato, chopped
1/2 cup smoked Gouda or cheddar cheese, grated
1/4 cup chopped scallions
fresh parsley, chopped


Bring 2 cups of water to boil in a medium saucepan. Add salt and frozen black-eyed peas. Return water to a boil and simmer for about 15 minutes.

Meanwhile melt butter in a large skillet. Add onions and garlic and saute over a medium-low heat until onions are golden, about 5-7 minutes. Stir in spices, honey, soy sauce and black pepper. Simmer for 1 minute.

Pour cooked black-eyed peas with their liquid into the skillet and simmer about 15 minutes, stirring often.

To Serve:
Spoon black-eyed peas over cooked rice. Top with chopped tomatoes, grated cheese, chopped scallions and a sprinkle of fresh parsley.

Serves: 4

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