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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.


Yield: 6 to 8 servings

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  • 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


  1. In a large Dutch Oven, fry up bacon until browned.
  2. Turn heat down to a lowish flame. Add celery, onion, garlic and red pepper flakes.
  3. Cook until translucent (about two minutes).
  4. Add beans and cover with water.
  5. Add bay leaf, thyme and salt.
  6. 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.
  7. When done. Add tabasco, vinegar and pepper. Adjust salt, if necessary.
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