Emeril's Hoppin' John

Total Time
1hr 5mins
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!!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat oil in a large soup pot, add the ham hock and sear on all sides for 4 minutes.
  2. Add the onion, celery, green pepper, and garlic, cook for 4 minutes.
  3. Add the black-eyed peas, stock, bay leaves, thyme, and seasonings.
  4. 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.
  5. Adjust seasonings, and garnish with green onions.
  6. Serve over rice.


Most Helpful

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

Smada5 January 13, 2011

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.

JackieOhNo! January 02, 2011

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