Hoppin' John

(adapted from The Joy of Cooking)

1-1/4 cup dry black-eyed peas
4 cups water
1-1/2 cups chopped onion
3 minced cloves garlic
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper
1 bay leaf
8 oz. coarsely chopped ham hock or salt pork
8 oz. chopped smoked ham or bacon
1 cup uncooked white rice
Tabasco Sauce, salt and pepper to taste

Add the onion, garlic, black pepper, crushed red pepper, bay leaf, and ham hock or salt pork.  Bring to a boil, cover, and simmer 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

Stir in the ham or bacon and simmer 1 more hour, uncovered, stirring frequently.

Meanwhile, prepare the rice as directed on the package.

Remove the ham hock or salt pork and the bay leaf from the beans. Stir in the cooked rice. Stir in Tabasco sauce, salt and pepper to taste.

Serve with cornbread.  Happy new year!
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