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This traditional Southern dish is said to bring good luck when served on New Year’s Day. For a more modern taste, add chopped green pepper, red pepper or celery if desired.

Traditional New Year’s Hoppin’ John

  • Serving Size: Serves 4
  • Prep Time: Less than 30 Minutes
  • Cook Time: Less than 30 Minutes
  • Level: Beginner
  • Course: Entrée
Ingredient Description:
1 c. onion, chopped
1 Tbsp. bacon drippings
3 c. cooked black eye peas
1 c. cooked ham or 4 slices cooked bacon, chopped
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
3 c. white rice, cooked
salt to taste

  1. In a large sauté pan, cook chopped onion in bacon drippings until tender.
  2. Stir in black eye peas, ham or bacon, and cayenne pepper.
  3. Simmer for 10 minutes over medium-low heat.
  4. Stir in rice and add salt to taste. Serve hot, with cornbread or collard greens.