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Hoppin’ John New Year

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Hoppin’ John is a traditional dish eaten in the Southern U.S. on New Year’s Day and throughout the year as a good luck charm for prosperity, but it can also refer to any number of rice and bean dishes cooked in similar ways.

It usually consists of black-eyed peas (sometimes with bacon) and rice, and may contain various ingredients such as onion, smoked or fresh ham, collard greens or other leafy greens, tomato sauce or diced tomatoes, hot pepper flakes or cayenne pepper, and parsley. Each item of this delicious dish symbolizes what is to come in the new year . . .



More New Years Superstitions

Also, tradition says that you should NEVER do anything on New Years Day that you wouldn’t want to do ALL YEAR long because you set the pace for your New Year with what you do on New Year! aka, unless you want to spend all year doing laundry and housework, DONT do it on New years, lol!
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Hoppin' John New Year by Melissa 'Liss' Burnell
Hoppin' John is a traditional dish eaten in the Southern U.S. on New Year's Day and throughout the year as a good luck charm for prosperity.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
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Total Time 25 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 539 kcal



  • 1 cup cooked ham or cooked hog jowl-chopped (or bacon)
  • 1 cup onion (diced)
  • 2 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil or bacon/hog jowl drippings-divided
  • 3 cups rice (cooked & hot)
  • 15 oz black-eyed peas (1 can rinsed and drained )
  • salt and pepper ( - to taste)
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper (- or more to taste preference)
  • 4 cups cooked shredded collard greens


  • In a large skillet, cook ham/hog jowl, onion, and garlic in 1 tbsp oil or drippings until lightly browned.
  • Stir in rice, peas, cayenne, salt and pepper. Cook until thoroughly heated. Remove from skillet.
  • Add remaining oil or drippings into the skillet. Add cabbage; saute until crisp-tender.
  • Add rice and saute 2-3 more minutes.
  • Add pea mixture back to the skillet and heat through.
  • Transfer to a large serving platter and enjoy.


*Instead of heating everything together in a skillet, you can heat it separately and layer on the plate. If you're not a fan of collard greens, you can use cabbage or spinach instead.
Serve with cornbread, which represent gold/wealth.
Recipe Size Alteration Note

If you altered the ingedients above by doubling or tripling the recipe, you may also need to change the pan/dish size and adjust the cooking/baking time.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 539kcalCarbohydrates: 93gProtein: 18gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 290mgPotassium: 471mgFiber: 7gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 1355IUVitamin C: 11mgCalcium: 109mgIron: 3mgNet Carbs: 86g
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