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New Year's Pork, Beans, and Corn Recipes From The South

Updated on December 26, 2018
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Patty collects recipes and gadgets from the past and is particularly interested in early American history and all Indigenous Peoples.


New Year's Good Luck Pork

HOPPIN' JOHN (black-eye peas & pork for good luck)


  • 1 pound dry black-eye peas
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 pound smoked sausage, cut into cubes
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped coarse
  • 1 can (12 oz) Rotel brand tomatoes with spices or Jalapenos, or a good store brand of the same type
  • 1 cup cooked rice, any kind you like
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • Fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • Diced green bell pepper for garnish, optional


  • Sort and rinse the peas in a large sieve or colander and place them in a large pot.
  • Cover the peas with water to about 2 inches above the peas.
  • Add the salt and cook covered on low heat for 3 hours, stirring occasionally. Check to see if the peas or tender; if not, cook a while longer.
  • If peas become dry, bring some amount of water to a boil in another pan or the microwave and add it to the peas until they are the desired consistency.
  • When the beans softened to your taste, add the sausage, onion, and tomatoes and simmer for about 45 minutes longer.
  • Finally, add the rice, oregano, and black pepper and re-season with more salt, if needed.

5 out of 5 stars from 1 rating of Hoppin John
Hoppin' John
Hoppin' John | Source

The Native North Americans in the East and South considered Corn, Beans, and Squash as mainstays of their diets. Corn could also be popped and sweetened!

A bowl of fresh caramel corn is a food celebration!
A bowl of fresh caramel corn is a food celebration! | Source

Caramel Corn


  • 8 cups popcorn, already popped
  • 6 tbsp butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar packed
  • 3 tbsp light corn syrup


  • Preheat oven to 300°F.
  • Spread your popped popcorn in a large baking pan.
  • For caramel mix for the topping, in a medium saucepan, combine all of the brown sugar, butter, corn syrup and add 1/4 tsp salt if you use unsalted butter.
  • Cook the caramel mixture over medium heat until the mixture boils.
  • Continue to cook after the initial boil 5 minutes.
  • Remove the caramel from the heat and it pour over popcorn.
  • Toss quickly to coat the corn or you will have one large uneven blob.
  • Bake in the oven for 15 minutes and then remove it and stir. Return the pan to the oven and bake for 5-10 minutes longer, until caramel coats the corn completely.
  • Remove from oven. Turn popcorn out onto aluminum foil laid over clean kitchen towels or a large cutting board to cool.
  • When cool, break into pieces and serve.
  • Store any "remains" in zip-lock bags, but I bet you eat it all!


© 2007 Patty Inglish MS


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