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Mark from Marquee Marque Pasties E-mailed this recipe to us with this additional information: This Hoppin Hohn recipe came to America from Africa though the slave trade. This black eyed pea recipe is now the traditional dish served by most Southerners on New Year's Day. It is reported to bring good luck.


4 bacon strips
1/4 c. onion, diced
1/2 bell pepper, diced
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
2  c. fresh black-eyed peas or purple hull peas or 2 pkg. (10 oz. ea.) frozen black-eyed peas
1/2 c. uncooked white rice
2 c. water
salt and pepper, to taste
Louisiana hot sauce

Dice bacon. Brown in a Dutch oven with onion and peppers til bacon is crisp and vegetables are soft. Add black eyed peas and rice then water. Cover and simmer over very low heat (about 20 minutes) til the rice is tender. Salt and pepper to taste. Add a dash of hot sauce (or to taste).

Note: Marquee Marque Pasties is in Sterling Heights on Van Dyke just south of 19 mile rd. They are open every day but Sunday and you can eat in or carry out. If you’ve been looking for really authentic pasties (yes they have rutabaga) this is it. You can call (586) 323-3764 or go on-line to

Hoppin John Black Eyed Pea recipe is published in our January, 2009 Menu Minder, Issue #303.