Sure, we've heard black-eyed peas bring good luck when eaten on New Year's Day, but there's nothing better than a serving of Hoppin' John to kick 2011 off right.
If you're like me, you're a Hoppin' John virgin. The dish, which combines black-eyed peas, rice, green peppers, chopped onion, vinegar, and spices, is the Southern lucky take on good ol' rice and beans. Many use ham hock -- for a saltier taste and some added Southern pizazz.
If you're like me, you may have other things on your mind (like what champagne to drink tomorrow night), and you're are looking for a simple, easy recipe (or a canned alternative) to make your lucky new year's lunch in a flash.
Read on for a Hoppin' John recipe to up your luck for 2011.