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Hoppin' John is a traditional dish served in the US South for New Year's meal to bring good luck. This black eye pea and rice recipe may be traced back to similar West African foods. This page contains hoppin' John recipes.


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January 7, 2011

Good Luck Soup for the New Year!



In a large soup pot, saute chopped onion in the bacon drippings or olive oil until tender. Add the chicken stock, carrots, ham, and cayenne pepper. Cook over medium heat for 20 minutes or until carrots are tender. Stir in the black-eyed peas and spinach. Simmer for 10 minutes and add the rice. Season with salt and pepper.

Source: My Mom fixed this every New Year's Day until she passed.

By Irishwitch from Aurora, CO

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October 26, 2007


  • 2 Tbsp. shortening
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1 can tomatoes (16oz.)
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
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  • 1 can black-eyed peas
  • 2 cups coarsely chopped ham
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked rice
  • 1 1/2 cups grated cheese


Melt shortening in 2 qt. saucepan. Add onions and celery and cook until tender. Add tomatoes, salt, pepper and bay leaves. Simmer about 15 minutes. Remove bay leaves. Drain black-eyed peas. Combine ham, peas, rice and tomato mixture in a 2 qt. covered casserole. Bake at 325 degrees F for 20 minutes. Remove top, cover with cheese and return to oven until cheese is melted. Note: This is an excellent way to use the remains of a large ham.

By Robin from Washington, IA

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