I have never made Hoppin John, but I have made this dish many times, and it is delicious. You can use canned peas or cook up some black eye peas in your own kitchen. Either way, make these! Personally, I love the tang of the vinegar with the peas and bacon.
Savory Black Eyed Peas
adapted from: an article found in a magazine somehwere...
2 cans OR 3 cups cooked black eyed peas - drained
1/4 c water
1/3 c red wine vinegar
4 slices bacon, diced and fried until golden brown
1 T reserved bacon fat
salt and pepper to taste
If using canned peas, drain well. Combine all ingredients in a sauce pan, simmer for 30-45 minutes or until flavors have blended to your satisfaction. Drain and serve OR you may boil the remaining liquid in the pan to reduce and make a tangy reduction.
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