After last night's episode of the HBO show Boardwalk Empire, people are left wondering what is Hoppin' John? Although the dish originated in West Africa, it is the American South that gets the credit for the catchy name. The meal consisting primarily of rice and beans is often eaten on New Year's Day and is thought to bring luck to those who eat it. I'll consider myself lucky if I can just get a bite of this zesty Cajun fare.
There's only one man I trust to make a dish called Hoppin' John--Food Network star Emeril Lagasse so this recipe is adapted from his version. Gather up your butter loving friends and start practicing your drawls because no matter where you are from, you'll love this Southern comfort food.
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