HOPPIN' JOHN

Hoppin’ John, for a traditional New Year’s dinner.

When the New Year’s rolls around, I always look forward to a hearty bowl of Hoppin’ John, the classic dish of rice and black-eyed peas, preferably served with a liberal splash of hot sauce.

This is a meal by itself, but feel free to round things out with some homemade cornbread and collards.

Black-eyed peas, which sort of have a silvery look when cooking, are said to represent silver coins.

The collards represent money or prosperity. The cornbread is sometimes said to represent gold.

Recipe from Michael Hastings

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