On the 1st of January each year, my family organizes a potluck dinner and we gather to start the new year by eating together.
I wanted to share this version of Hoppin' John that I made for this year's get together. Traditional Hoppin' John is made with black-eyed peas, chopped onion, and pork, seasoned with salt. In southern US states, it is customary to eat it on New Year’s Day for a lucky year ahead.
Unsure exactly how to make this traditional dish, I searched online for a suitable recipe.
I came across the cook.me website which is jam-packed with delicious recipes and stunning food photography. Their Black Eyed Peas with Bacon and Pork recipe ticked all my boxes: black-eyed peas, pork, bacon!
The cook.me recipe serves 6 people but it was really easy to double the ingredients to make enough to feed a crowd!
Black-eyed peas get their name from the little black dot where the beans were connected to the pod. The beans are small, creamy and delicious in stews and soups.
There is one thing to keep in mind if you are using dried black-eyed peas. You need to place them in a large pot and cover them with water. Soak the peas overnight before draining and rinsing to use.
Honestly, I can’t sing the cook.me recipe’s praises enough! Not only does it taste absolutely delicious, but it was also super simple to make too. I followed cook.me’s step by step photo instructions.
I started by browning the pork all over in a large pot. I then added bacon, onion, and garlic and cooked the ingredients for a few more minutes. The secret to this flavorful dish is in the seasoning and this recipe uses salt, black pepper, cayenne, and garlic powder.
Next, I added stock, water and bay leaves and brought to a simmer for 30 minutes before adding the peas and continuing to cook for another hour or so.
You must consider bringing cook.me’s black-eyed peas with bacon and pork to your next potluck dinner. It is easy to make with foolproof step by step ingredients. I doubled the recipe no problem and best of all, everyone who tried it loved it!