Hoppin John

Hoppin' John

1 lb dry black-eyed peas
8 cups water
lb. Bacon, diced
1 med. Onion, chopped
1 clove Garlic, minced
1 Bay Leaf
2 tsp. Salt
tsp. Pepper
tsp. crushed Red Pepper
1 cup uncooked Rice

Bring peas to a boil in water, reduce heat to low and simmer for two minutes. Remove from heat and cover. Let stand one hour. Stir in bacon, onion, garlic, bay leaf, salt, pepper, and red pepper.
Over medium heat, bring to boil, reduce heat to low and cover. Let simmer for 20 min. or until tender. Stir in rice, cover and simmer 15 min. more, or until rice is tender. Serve hot. Makes about 11 cups.

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