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

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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