Prep 15 mins
Cook 50 mins
From The Essence of Emeril....Hoppin' John is a New Year's Southern Tradition:Black-Eyed Peas for good luck, ham or ham hock for good health, and the greens for financial success! I have tried several different recipes for this and so far, this is my favorite! I sometimes add chopped spinach or collard greens even though this particular recipe doesn't call for them, and it's so delish that way too! Happy New Year!!
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 large ham hock
- 1 cup onion, chopped
- 1⁄2 cup celery, chopped
- 1⁄2 cup green pepper, chopped
- 1 tablespoon garlic, chopped
- 1 lb black-eyed peas, soaked overnight and rinsed
- 1 quart chicken stock
- bay leaf
- 1 teaspoon dry thyme leaves
- black pepper
- 3 tablespoons green onions, finely chopped
- 3 cups white rice, steamed
- Heat oil in a large soup pot, add the ham hock and sear on all sides for 4 minutes.
- Add the onion, celery, green pepper, and garlic, cook for 4 minutes.
- Add the black-eyed peas, stock, bay leaves, thyme, and seasonings.
- Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 40 minutes, or until the peas are creamy and tender, stir occasionally. If the liquid evaporates, add more water or stock.
- Adjust seasonings, and garnish with green onions.
- Serve over rice.
this was delicous. I make hoppin john every new years and it just never tasted good. This was so easy to make and everyone loved it, such flavor! I did do mine in the slow cooker and added the spinach just before serving
This was an easy, tasty recipe that was perfect on New Year's Day. I made this exactly as posted, but I wasn't sure what to do with the ham hock, so I just removed it after the peas were cooked. This was nice served over white rice, and I felt that it could almost be a meal in itself. I think I would really like it with some cooked collard or turnip greens added and may try that next time. Thanks for sharing this traditional treat.