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Ring in the new year with a good 'ol Southern tradition! 365 black eyed peas to bring good fortune to the 365 days of the new year!

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In the Southern United States, it's traditional to eat black-eyed peas or cowpeas in a dish called hoppin' john. There are even those who believe in eating one pea for every day in the new year. This all traces back to the legend that during the Civil War, the town of Vicksburg, Mississippi, ran out of food while under attack. The residents fortunately discovered black-eyed peas and the legume was thereafter considered lucky.  Read More:

Here is a great recipe for Hoppin' John gumbo your are sure to enjoy!
Quick And Easy Gumbo
  • Time 40 minutes
  • Serves 8
  • 1 Box Zatarain's Hoppin' John Mix
  • 1/2 C. chopped onion
  • 3 T. butter
  • 2 C. chopped okra (frozen or fresh)
  • 2 C. chicken leftovers
  • 2 links bratwurst, in coins
  • 2 C. chicken broth
  • 1 can seasoned diced tomatoes (half drained)
  • 1 1/2 T. minced garlic
  • salt & pepper
  • 2 tsp. parsley flakes
  • 1 T. creole seasoning (more or less, depending on taste)
How to make it
  • Prepare Zatarain's Hoppin' John Mix per package directions.
  • While rice is simmering, melt butter in large pot, cook okra and onion until onion softens.
  • Add broth & tomatoes, simmer until rice is done.
  • Season okra pot with garlic, creole, salt, pepper, parsley..
  • Add rice mix to okra pot, stir well, reduce heat.
  • Add chicken & bratwurst.
  • Let stand about 10 minutes. />  



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