Emeril's Hoppin' John

"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!!"
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Ready In:
1hr 5mins




  • 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.

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  1. 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
  2. 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.


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