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Hoppin’ John: Black Eyed Peas

Hoppin' John is a traditional Southern dish often served on New Year's day to bring good luck for the incoming year.
3/4 angle view of hoppin John over white rice.

Ring in the New Year by eating a big bowl of black eyed peas for good luck! This simple Hoppin’ John recipe comes together quickly by using canned black eyed peas, bacon, onion, garlic, chicken bouillon and herbs. It is full of flavor and it makes a delicious main dish served over white rice or it can be enjoyed alongside any meal.

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Happy Holidays! I can’t believe the New Year is almost here, it seems like the year flew by in record time. It has been a busy and challenging year in many ways. I will be welcoming in the New Year  with some different goals for myself, but more about that later. Right now, what is on my mind is celebrating!

3/4 angle view of hoppin John over white rice.

We are on a lovely family vacation this week, so I was not sure if we would be able to make our favorite New Year’s day dish: Hoppin’ John. However, my husband and I did an experiment a few weeks ago and modified his Hoppin’ John recipe to make it easier to prepare while on the road.  We used canned black eyed peas to avoid having to soak them over night and it was just as tasty!

Overhead view of black eyed peas.

 

What is Hoppin’ John?

Hoppin’ John is a traditional Southern dish often served on New Year’s Day to bring good luck for the incoming year. The peas symbolize pennies or coins. Some families add a coin to the pot or place them under each bowl as they are served in hopes of a prosperous year.  Of course, I did not want to miss having a bowl on New Year’s Day!

Overhead closeup view of beans over white rice.

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What do I need to make the Black Eyed Peas?

You will need the following ingredients to make this delicious beans and rice recipe:

* A Great addition to the Black Eyed Peas is this easy Homemade Pico de Gallo Recipe!

Kitchen Items Needed:

Ingredients for Hoppin John.

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How do I make the Hoppin’ John?

This Hoppin’ John recipe is so easy, there are just 2 steps to make it!

Step 1: Sauté the bacon over medium heat in a heavy stock pot until browned. Then, add in the onion and celery, cook for about 5 minutes or until softened. Stir in the fresh, chopped garlic and cook for additional 30 seconds.

Bacon sautéed in a stock pot

Step 2: Add both cans of undrained black eyed peas and 1 cup of water to the stock pot. Then, add oregano, basil, pepper and chicken bouillon cube. Stir until the bouillon cube has dissolved. Then simmer for 15 minutes. Serve over white rice and top with fresh cilantro and chopped green onion.

Overhead view of cooked black eyes peas in a stock pot.

SO TELL ME…

Do you have a a favorite New Year’s tradition? Do you eat something on New Year’s Day to bring luck for the incoming year? Do you cook while you are on vacation?

Thank you so much for stopping by! As always, I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below. Happy New Year, I hope 2017 is the best ever for you and your family!

Looking for something fresh to top your beans with? Try this yummy Pico de Gallo Recipe!

3/4 angle view of hoppin John over white rice.

Hoppin’ John

Hoppin' John is a traditional Southern dish often served on New Year's day to bring good luck for the incoming year.
4.50 from 2 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: Black Eyed Peas, Hoppin John
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 107kcal
Author: Angela Campos

Ingredients

  • 2 cans Black Eyed Peas
  • 6 Slices Bacon diced
  • 1 White Onion diced
  • 5 Cloves Garlic coarsely chopped
  • 2 stalks Celery chopped
  • 1/2 tsp Oregano
  • 1/2 tsp Basil
  • 1/2 tsp Coarse Black Pepper
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1 Chicken Bouillon Cube
  • 2 Tbsp Cilantro fresh
  • Green Onions thinlychopped

Instructions

  • Saute bacon over medium heat in a heavy stock pot until browned
  • Add onion and celery and sauté until softened, approximately 5 minutes.
  • Add fresh, chopped garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
  • Add both cans of undrained black eyed peas and 1 cup of water
  • Stir in oregano, basil, pepper and chicken bouillon cube. Stir until bouillon cube dissolves.
  • Simmer for 15 Minutes
  • Serve hot over white rice and garnish with cilantro and chopped green onion.

Nutrition

Calories: 107kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 319mg | Potassium: 115mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 78IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg

 

 

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Recipe Rating




Maria Han

Tuesday 3rd of January 2017

This is the first time that I heard this tradition recipe, It looks intriguing for me, Glad you share this with us

The Trophy WifeStyle

Monday 2nd of January 2017

Omg can we say yum?!? Everything about this looks amazing! Must give your recipe a try!!

Taylor Mobley

Sunday 1st of January 2017

This recipe sounds amazing. MY husband is from louisiana and has actually made a version of this to me before. We will have to try your version!!!

Debra

Saturday 31st of December 2016

This looks so yummy - I have actually never had a black eyed pea, we have some people in our house who are allergic! But this looks so yummy!

Robin Rue

Saturday 31st of December 2016

This looks delicious! I always try to do a variation of something like this every year.