I am 100% Polish, born and raised in Poland. I had never heard of… Hoppin’ John, until… I moved down South to TN.
We had a little gathering at our house for New Year’s Eve. One of my Southern friends brought Hoppin’ John. She explained that Hoppin’ John is a very popular Southern dish. It is made with black eyed peas and since it is believed that you are supposed to have black eyed peas on New Year’s Day as a symbol of prosperity, Hoppin’ John makes a great New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day dish…
So, that was my introduction to Hoppin’ John, that later, I fell in love with.
I have no idea where the name, Hoppin’ John, comes from, but… who cares!:)
A very simple, yet very satisfying, bursting with flavor, black eye peas-based, Southern dish became one of our favorites!
It’s very easy to make Hoppin’ John!
Here is what you need:
It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3, 4:
30 minutes altogether, and before you know it, you will have this in front of you:
I like to serve it with Basmati rice and broccoli. My kids simply adore this dish!
If you have a ham bone, you can make broth out of it and cook the black eyed peas in it for more flavor!
Hope, you’ll find it inviting!
As Always, Eat Well, Spend Wisely and a Happy New Year!
- 2 cups (16 oz bag) dry black-eyed peas
- 1 ham hock (optional)
- 2 heaping cups leftover hickory ham OR 1/2 lb bacon
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 yellow onion, diced
- 2 large garlic cloves, minced
- 1 green pepper, diced
- 1 celery stalk, diced
- 1 bay leaf
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 tbsp rice vinegar (optional)
- 1 heaping teaspoon Cajun seasoning
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme (optional)
- Scallions or green onions for garnish
- Cover dry beans with cold water, add bay leaf and cook about 20 min until al dente (if using ham hock, cook beans with the ham hock). Drain.
- While beans are cooking, chop all vegetables.
- If using bacon, start off with sautéing bacon, add onions, garlic, then celery and pepper.
- If using leftover ham, start off with sautéing onion and garlic first, then add celery and pepper.
- Add diced ham, drained beans, water, vinegar (if using), thyme, Cajun seasoning, salt and pepper.
- Simmer everything throughout to allow all the flavors to marry about 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
- Serve over basmati rice and garnish with scallions.
- You can easily transform this dish into soup, adding chicken broth and chopped kale, swiss chard, escarole or collard greens.