Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Hopping John

Traditionally eaten for good luck at New Year's in the southern United States.

4 cups cooked blackeyed peas with liquid
1 Tbsp. olive or vegetable oil
1 large onion, diced
Several cloves of garlic, minced
Fresh hot peppers, diced, to taste
2-3 green peppers, diced
1/4 -1/2 lb. smoked or cooked ham (optional) OR 2 bouillion cubes
4-6 plum tomatoes, diced
1/2 tsp. dried or 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh basil
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
1 tsp. sugar
Salt to taste

Heat oil in a pot and saute onions and garlic till wilted. Add peppers and cook a few more minutes. Add remaining ingredients, but only enough of the bean-cooking liquid to just cover. Cook 20-30 minutes. Serve with hot rice and hot sauce.

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