Classic Hoppin’ John Servings: 6 (about 8 1/2oz without liquid; 12oz with liquid) Prep Time: 25 minutes Total Time: 2 hours 25 minutes

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4 strips bacon, chopped
1/2 large onion chopped (1 cup)
2 ribs celery, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 lbs ham hocks
2 to 3 cups reduced sodium chicken broth
1 lb collard greens (2 bunches)
2 (15oz) cans Luck’s® Blackeye Peas Seasoned with Pork (do not drain)
1 red bell pepper, diced


In soup pot or kettle (6 to 8-quart), cook bacon, onion, celery and garlic over medium-high heat 10 minutes or until bacon is crisp and vegetables start to soften, stirring frequently. Stir in bay leaf, thyme and cayenne. Add ham hocks and enough broth to cover ham. Bring to a boil. Cover; reduce heat and simmer 1 hour. Meanwhile, clean greens well and remove center rib. Cut leaves crosswise into 1/2 to 3/4-inch strips. After 1 hour, stir in black eye peas and bell pepper. Place greens on top. Cover; cook 1 hour or until ham and greens are tender. With slotted spoon, remove greens to serving platter. Break meat into chunks, removing fat and bones. Place meat on platter; with slotted spoon add peas, removing bay leaf. Serve liquid alongside.

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