Ham Hoppin' John

"Mmm...a great fall or early spring day dish. Oh the smell as it cooks. What a great way to use leftover ham."
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Ready In:
1hr 45mins




  • Put peas in a deep pan cover with 8 cups of water.
  • Bring to a boil on high heat.
  • Lower heat to simmer, cover pot, cook for 45 minutes.
  • (until peas are tender but not mushy) Place ham and bacon in frying pan over medium heat and fry for 5- 7 minutes, drain on paper towel and set aside.
  • Keep 1 tsp bacon fat, add the onions to pan and sauté, stirring often until soft, (4 min) set aside.
  • When beans are ready, drain and save 2 1/2 cups of cooking liquid.
  • Add rice, ham, bacon, onions, roasted garlic, thyme, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper to beans and reserved cooking liquid.
  • Stir well.
  • Return to high heat and bring to a boil.
  • Lower heat and cover.
  • Cook 25 minutes (until rice is done and all liquid has evaporated).
  • Turn off stove and let sit covered for about 15 minutes.
  • Enjoy--.

Questions & Replies

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  1. marymo2002
    Are the black eyed peas dry, or canned?


  1. DailyInspiration
    We truly enjoyed this hoppin' john. I used up my remaining blackeyed peas from New Years and added the chopped ham, rice, etc. This dish would be wonderful any time of year as well. Made for the For Your Consideration tag game.
  2. breezermom
    Delicious! Loved all the crisp bacon and ham in this. I ate this as a main dish....it is very hearty! Thanks for sharing!
  3. gwynn
    This recipe is sooooo tasty. It is very addictive. Will make this recipe many more times I'm sure. Thanks for posting.
  4. ncmysteryshopper
    This is a *fabulous* version of Hoppin' John recipe! I used minced garlic and pan fried it bit before adding to the pot. Some Hoppin' John dishes that I have had in the past have been pretty bland.... NOT this one! Full of flavor and a great recipe! Thanks Baby Kato!
  5. Annacia
    Very good Down Home food. This is a excellent version of Hoppin' John, something that has been around for a very long time. I made it up for lunch and I'm not sure that we'll want more than a salad for dinner. This is most substantial and stick to the ribs fare. I very rarely use bacon at all but we had some left from son's visit. I used fresh garlic as I prefer the taste of fresh to roasted. Thank you BK of the nostalgia of a childhood dish and the great lunch!


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