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Hoppin John - for Mardi Gras

Serves 8 as a side dish

Ingredients:

2 cups cooked black eyed peas
2 cups cooked rice
1 cup vegetable or chicken stock, some of the broth from the beans can also be used.
1 cup chopped tomato
1/2 cup chopped green onions
grated cheddar cheese
salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

Combine peas, rice, tomatoes and chicken stock in an oven proof dish. Top with cheddar cheese and green onions and cover.

Bake at 350 degrees F. until heated through, about 20 minutes.

Comments:

This is a dish that can be made ahead of time and heated up last minute. I like it with fried cat fish or blackened pork chops. You can also make a strong mustard vinaigrette and toss all the ingredients in it and serve this as a salad, bumping it up with diced celery or peppers and adding grilled or blackended chicken or shrimp. The point is, have some fun and don't be confined by what the recipe says - make it yours.

Submitted By:

Chef Eddie Wilson