Recipe by Michael Procopio
. Eating black-eyed peas (the primary ingredient of Hoppin' John) is considered lucky if eaten on New Year's Day. The act of eating them is supposed to ensure prosperity.
- 1 lb. dried black-eyed peas
- 1/4 lb. thick slab bacon diced into 1/4 inch cubes
- 1 onion finely diced
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 stalk of celery finely diced
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 2 cups water
- 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
- 10 shakes of hot sauce
- 10 shakes of rice wine vinegar
- salt and pepper to taste
- In a large Dutch Oven, fry up bacon until browned.
- Turn heat down to a lowish flame. Add celery, onion, garlic and red pepper flakes.
- Cook until translucent (about two minutes).
- Add beans and cover with water.
- Add bay leaf, thyme and salt.
- Bring to a simmer, reduce heat to low, cover and cook for about one hour or until al dente-- longer if you want them mushy as some people might insist upon.
- When done. Add tabasco, vinegar and pepper. Adjust salt, if necessary.