My Hoppin’ John Recipe

Below is my version of Hoppin’ John, a popular southern rice and beans dish.  I’ve never used ham hocks for any recipe before so it was quite interesting.  Also, I love cooking with a dutch oven.

It turned out delicious and hearty with some mild heat.

  • 1 1/2 cups black eye peas
  • 1/2 large white onion, sliced through the stem
  • 4 small yellow onions (spanish?), chopped
  • 2 ham hocks
  • 6 cloves garlic, whole, peeled and lightly smashed
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tsp red pepper flakes (or more if you like it hawt)
  • 8 ounces bacon, thick cut
  • 1 small can whole tomatoes, with juice
  • 1 1/2 cups basmati rice
  • 1 small pack chopped pork loin
  • 1/2 cup smoked cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 tsp cajun seasoning
  1. Add the peas, half onion, chopped onion, hocks, garlic, bay leaves, carrot, salt and pepper to a dutch over, cover with water (about 5 cups).  Heat to a boil and then cover and simmer for 90 minutes.
  2. Slice the bacon into 1/4 inch strips, fry in pan.  Add the juice from the tomatoes to the pan, do not remove bacon grease.  Chop the tomatoes and add to pan.
  3. In another pan, lightly fry the pork loin, with the cajun seasoning.
  4. After simmering for 90 minutes, remove the half onion, garlic, carrot and hocks.  (optional: remove some of the meat from the hocks and add back to pot. )
  5. Stir in the basmati rice, pork loin and bacon/tomato mixture.
  6. Cook for an additional 25mins or until rice is tender.
  7. Top with a little smoked cheddar cheese and eat.

I devised the above recipe from the following three recipes:

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  1. Jon McGory

    1. “do not remove bacon grease” was my favorite part.
    2. I love my dutch oven more than most people
    3. Ham hocks make soup delicious AND make me feel like a fancy cook

    • Sam

      I’ll tell you what those farmers care about: being yourself. Being real. As long as you can laugh at your mistakes and let them tell you long-winded stories about when they were making the same mistakes 30 years ago, you have nothing to be nervous about.

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