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Chilled Sapelo Red Pea Hoppin’ John Salad with Madiera Vinaigrette

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Chilled Sapelo Red Pea Hoppin’ John Salad with Madiera Vinaigrette
Photo by Christopher Shane

While researching her feature Saving Sapelo, Managing Editor Allston McCrady joined an illustrious group of culinary academics, heritage grain purveyors, farmers, and seed scientists on a daytrip to Sapelo Island to meet with local Saltwater Geechees about agricultural possibilities for the island.

Island matron Cornelia Walker Bailey, her son Stanley Walker, and his wife Delores Walker hosted them at the newly restored BJ Confectionary. An incredible lunch spread was served, including the following dish featuring Sapelo’s red peas (in a twist on the classic Hoppin John).

Originally conceived by Glenn Roberts of Anson Mills (he credits his mother), Chef Dave Snyder of Halyards on St. Simons Island interpreted it and delivered the whole picnic by boat.

Chilled Sapelo Red Pea Hoppin’ John Salad with Madeira Vinaigrette
from Chef Dave Snyder of Halyards Restaurant, St. Simons Island, GA