Hoppin' John

"In the southern United States, eating Hoppin' John on New Year's Day is thought to bring a prosperous year filled with luck. The peas are symbolic of pennies or coins, and a coin is sometimes added to the pot or left under the dinner bowls. Collard greens, mustard greens, turnip greens, chard, kale, cabbage etc. along with this dish are supposed to also add to the wealth since they are the color of money. I had leftover ham and a bag of black eyed peas. Combined recipe on bag with Betty Crocker and tweaked a bit."
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Ready In:
1hr 50mins




  • Prepare black eyed peas overnight or quick method. (I boiled for 5 min, brought to boil and simmered for one hour.).
  • Dice ham and remove as much fat as possible.
  • Chop onion.
  • Combine onion and ham in dutch oven, stir over medium heat until onions start to wilt.
  • Add chili powder.
  • Add cooked beans with any remaining cooking liquid.
  • Add water so that there is about a total of one cup liquid.
  • Add rice.
  • Cover, simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Add salt and pepper if needed.

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  1. Delicious, easy and lucky (black eyed peas)! I used canned, rinsed black eyed peas and some prepared brown rice. The seasoning suggestions are perfect, too. Delicious! Thank you!
  2. This is a nice short cut to the long slow cook traditional version. Will serve tomorrow along with recipe #492652 to usher in a prosperous New Year, thanks for the post. P.S. forgot to say I used brown rice. ;)
  3. Easy and yummy. I added some kale and had a very satisfying meal for two busy days. The recipe may be simple, but I love plain food with only some simple ingredients which you can just throw together on busy workdays. Thanks for sharing!<br/>Made for Sweet December Game.
  4. this is one of those go to basic recipes that everyone makes in the south good stuff love it . i made this after making my pot of blackeyed peas , the way your supposed to lol made for southern leg of tour cakepops on parade
  5. This was a nice recipe. I added the garlic and a green pepper as well. Posted for PAC 2009. Thanks.



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