Hoppin' John - Cajun Style

Total Time
1hr 45mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins

A Cajun version of the Southern traditional New Year's Day dish. Zesty, rich and filling!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Fry bacon, drain on paper toweling; crumble and set aside.
  2. Reserve 2 tablespoons grease.
  3. In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine rice, water, tomato juice, tomatoes, onion, seasonings (liquid and dry) and bacon drippings.
  4. Pour into a 2 quart buttered casserole; cover tightly.
  5. Bake at 350* for 1 hour.
  6. Uncover, stir and toss lightly with black-eyed peas.
  7. Top with crumbled bacon pieces.
  8. Cover and bake for about 30 more minutes.
  9. Garnish with parsley, if desired.


Most Helpful

I made this recipe as stated. It turned out great. If you like a spicier version. Add alittle more tabasco sauce. The only thing I did different was I used my nonstick saucepan to bake it in. Thanks again Fauve for an excellent recipe.

Diane S March 06, 2005

Okay, I did make some changes in this- I added some ingredients and didn't use the cooking directions in the recipe, but this recipe was what I used for guidance, so I'm throwing caution to the wind and giving it a reveiw because it was YUMMY! I used 3 slices applewood smoked bacon and instead of uncooked rice, I used about 2-3 cups cooked brown rice that was in the fridge. I sauteed the veggies (I added celery and green pepper to the onion). I used home cooked beans- I think I actually used twice the amount called for. Ack, sorry I changed the recipe so much. But I think it does prove that this recipe is wonderfully versatile! So, I fried the bacon, took it out, sauteed the vegetables and seasoned them with the cajun seasoning (I used Emeril's Essence Creole Seasoning #41970) and celery seed (didn't have any celery salt), added tomatoes and tomato juice (less than called for since I didn't have to cook the rice) and cooked those for a bit, then added the rice and then the peas. Turned out great. My first time having black eyed peas for New Years- hope they bring me luck! ;)

Roosie January 01, 2005

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