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! 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!
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!
Yields 4-6 Servings
Hoppin' John is a traditional Southern dish often served on New Year's day to bring good luck for the incoming year.
10 minPrep Time
20 minCook Time
30 minTotal Time
- 2 Cans of Black Eyed Peas
- 6 Slices of Bacon, diced
- 1 Small White Onion, diced
- 5 Cloves of Garlic, coarsely chopped
- 2 Stalks of Celery, chopped
- 1/2 tsp Oregano
- 1/2 tsp Basil
- 1/2 tsp Coarse Black Pepper
- 1 Cup of Water
- 1 Chicken Bouillon Cube
- 2 Tbsp of fresh Cilantro
- Saute bacon in pot until browned
- Add onion, garlic, & celery and sauté until softened, approximately 5 minutes
- Stir in oregano, basil, & pepper
- Add both cans of undrained black eyed peas and 1 cup of water
- Add chicken bouillon cube and stir until dissolved
- Simmer for 15 Minutes
- Serve hot over white rice and garnish with cilantro
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!