Cowpeas even became the basis of the New Year's tradition "Hoppin' John
"--a dish of rice, cowpeas, and pork, often served with greens and cornbread--said to bring a prosperous year to those who eat it.
Come New Year's Day, you'll find many of the good people of the South partaking in everything from homemade skillet corn bread made from scratch, collard or turnip greens simmered until savory and tender, and plump black-eyed peas ("Hoppin' John
") cooked with fragrant vegetables.
The main course consisted of Bombay chicken, beef stroganoff, hoppin' John
, and seasoned green beans.
Black-eyed peas practically define soul food, tantalizing Southern taste buds for more than a century in dishes like slow-cooked Hoppin' John
and, partnered with collard or mustard greens, a New Year's Day tradition thought to bring good luck.
My favorite "international" aisle was the Southern section, which featured canned collard greens, hoppin' john
and Sylvia's peach cobbler.
, a black-eyed pea and rice dish fueled by smoky ham or bacon, has long been a traditional dish eaten in the South on New Year's Day.
In the American Deep South it is traditional to dine on a dish called Hoppin' John
on New Year's Eve, which is pork, greens and beans.
* Andrew Jackson (USD20) liked: "Tenderloin with jezebel sauce (not to be confused with the teleserye Mermaid!), corn cakes, lamb chops and leg of lamb chops with rosemary, hoppin' John
, rabbits, oysters, wild duck and goose, fried ham, fried apple pie, leather britches, 'Old Hickory' nut soup, Daniel Webster's punch, and French wines."
Classic legume dishes include Boston baked beans, dahl, hoppin' John
, rice and beans, succotash, refried beans, socca, and split pea soup.
The event featured James Beard Award-nominated Chef Joseph Lenn of Blackberry Farm and French wine importer Frederick Corriher of Route des Vins serving Southern American classics such as collards, Hoppin' John
and smoked bacon with rustic wines of appellations such as Lirac, Ventoux, Gigondas and Chateauneuf-du-Pape.
Some declare that for genuine "Hoppin' John
" (a rice dish traditionally served on New Year's Day) the cook must use cowpeas.
Muscat: The US Embassy, in cooperation with the Muscat Municipality, will organise musical performances by the traditional American group Hoppin' John
String Band from February 16 to February 20 at the Al Amerat and Al Naseem Garden venues as part of the Muscat Festival.