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A New Year's Day tradition in many Southern households, this distinctively named dish of rice and black-eyed peas is believed to bring good luck for the coming year. It's often cooked with salt pork; we've substituted smoked sausage, just two ounces per person, but you can leave the meat out altogether if you prefer.
- 3 tablespoons cooking oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 4 scallions, white bupounds sliced and green tops cut into 1/2-inch pieces
- 1/2 pound collard greens, tough stems removed, leaves washed well and shredded
- 1 3/4 teaspoons salt
- 1/4 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 pound kielbasa, halved lengthwise then cut crosswise into 1-inch slices
- 1 10-ounce package frozen black-eyed peas
- 1/2 cups long-grain rice
- 3 cups canned low-sodium chicken broth or homemade stock
In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, heat the oil over moderately low heat. Add the onion and the scallion bulbs and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the collard greens, salt, black pepper and cayenne and cook, stirring, until the greens wilt, about 1 minute.
Increase the heat to moderately high. Add the sausage, black-eyed peas and rice and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Stir in the broth and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to low and cook, covered, until the rice is tender and all the liquid is absorbed, about 20 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the scallion tops.
The robust flavors of Hoppin' John call for an equally assertive wine. Go for a brash, full-bodied red zinfandel from California. Its spicy blackberry richness is easily up to the task.
Recipe reprinted by permission of Food and Wine. All rights reserved.
nutrition information per serving
441 calories; 26g total fat; 38mg cholesterol; 1776mg sodium; 34g carbohydrates; 5g fiber; 18g protein
These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.
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