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First Day Hopping John Recipe

1 – 8 ounce bag
4 1/4  cups
1/4 pound
1 large
1/2 pound
1/4 teaspoon
1/2 teaspoon
1/8 teaspoon
3 1/2  cups
black eyed peas
bacon, chopped
onion, chopped
bay leaf
salt pork
cayenne pepper
long grain rice, cooked

Recipe Cooking Time: 1 1/2 – 2 hours
Pan Type: large stock pot

Hopping John Recipe Directions

Wash and sort the beans.

Place beans into large stock pot.
Cover with water. Bring beans to a boil over high heat.
Cover and turn off the heat. Let the beans set for 2 hours. Plenty of time to go play hopping John.
In the meantime, cook the bacon in large skillet until crisp.
Remove from fat with slotted spoon. Drain on paper towels.
Drain off all the fat except about 1 tablespoon.
Cook the onions in the fat until soft.
Add the cooked onions to the pot with the peas and water.
Add the bay leaf.
Cut the salt pork into small pieces and add to the peas.
Bring first day hopping John mixture to a boil.
Reduce heat, cover and simmer until peas are tender, about 1 ½ hours.
Remove the cover, add the salt, pepper, and cayenne.
Cook uncovered for about 30 minutes.
To serve hopping john, spoon cooked rice into bowl.
Next, top with cooked peas and garnish with the crumbled bacon.

Hopping John Recipe: serves 6 to 8

Personal Note: We make first day hopping John every time our family gets together. It's good, healthy and taste wonderful. Most good and healthy foods are made from healthy ingredients that will keep you as healthy as you can be. Always try to shop local for as many of the ingredients as you can. You never know just where some stores are buying their goods. All of your recipes (and your family) will benefit from using only the finest ingredients. Good cooks know to buy the best, wash it, and cook it up with tender loving care.

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1 Heart full of Love
2 Hands full of Generosity
1 Head full of Understanding
and a Dash of Laughter

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