Emeril Lagasse has an easy Hoppin' John recipe that requires olive oil, a ham hock, onion, celery and green pepper. In addition, gather garlic, black-eyed peas, chicken stock, a bay leaf and dry thyme. The recipe also requires a green onion, white rice and salt, pepper and cayenne pepper.
Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large pot, and then add the ham hock. Sear the meat on all sides for about four minutes. Add 1 cup of chopped onion, 1/2 cup of chopped celery, 1/2 cup of chopped green pepper and 1 tablespoon of chopped garlic. Cook for about four minutes, then add 1 pound of soaked black-eyed peas, 1 quart of chicken stock, a bay leaf, 1 teaspoon of dried thyme and seasonings, such as salt, cayenne pepper and pepper to taste.
Bring the mixture to a boil, and then reduce the heat and simmer for about 40 minutes. The peas should be tender and creamy, and stirred occasionally. If the liquid evaporates too much, add more stock or water. If needed, adjust the seasonings before serving over 3 cups of white rice. Garnish with 3 tablespoons of finely chopped green onions.
This recipe serves 10 and takes about an hour to prepare and cook. It is highly reviewed with five out of five stars on the Food Network website.