Hopping John

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  • 1 cup dried black-eyed peas
  • 1/4 pound salt pork, diced
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 cup uncooked regular rice
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Pick over peas; wash thoroughly. Place in a heavy saucepan; cover with water. Soak overnight; drain.
  2. Add salt pork, green pepper and onions. Cover with water and simmer 2 hours or until peas are tender.
  3. Cook rice according to package directions.
  4. When peas are done and water has cooked very low, add remaining ingredients. Cover and cook over low heat until all liquid is absorbed.
  5. Serve hot.

Yield: 4 to 6 servings