My Hoppin' John is a bit nontraditional, but it has loads of flavor. I add a spicy kick with chopped fresh jalapeno and then a hint of sweet/sour (just a hint) from balsamic vinegar. The vinegar just rounds things out a bit. Shake a little pepper-flavored vinegar (the kind with tiny peppers in the jar along with the vinegar) over your serving for added flavor and kick.
Heat olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add the onion and jalapeno and sauté until the onion is wilted and the vegetables begin to turn golden brown, about 5 minutes. Add in the garlic and cook 1 minute more. Add the smoked sausage, black-eyed peas and broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Stir in the vinegar and season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve with the white rice.