Hoppin' John is one of those classic Cajun dishes that come with as many versions, stories and flavors as there are cooks located in the United States

Traditionally Hoppin’ John was considered to be a Low Country menu item before becoming popular and spreading to the entire Southern region. Hoppin’ John is said to have evolved from the rice and bean mixtures that were made and consumed of enslaved West Africans en route to America. Hoppin’ John has also been traced to similar menu items in West Africa, such as the Senegalese dish, thieves niebe.

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