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Traditional Hopping John

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Along the coast of the Southern US eating Hoppin' John on New Year's Day is thought to bring a year filled with luck and prosperity. The beans symbolize coins or pennies. Sometimes a penny is added to the pot or can be left under the bowls of Hoppin' John. Greens such as Collards, chard or kale can be added and symbolize the color of money and are said to add to ones wealth in the new year. The day after New Year's Day the leftovers are called "Skippin' Jenny," and further demonstrates one's frugality. A common tradition in the south US is each person at the meal should leave three peas on their plate to ensure the New Year will be filled with Luck, Fortune and Romance. Another tradition holds that counting the number of peas in a serving predicts the amount of luck (or wealth) that will be collected over the next year.

. Prep
10 min.
25 min.
Ready In
35 min.
6 servings
Low Fat, Low in Saturated Fat, Low Cholesterol, Trans-fat Free, Good source of fiber, Low Sodium
Metric measurements


4slices bacon
1/4cup onion diced
1/2each sweet red bell pepper diced
2cups black-eyed peas canned, frozen or cooked
2cups water
1/2cup rice
1x kale leaves or any greens, optional*
1x salt and black pepper to taste*
* not incl. in nutrient facts


Dice bacon, brown in dutch oven with onion and pepeprs, until bacon is crisp and vegetables are soft.

Add peas and rice. then water.

Cover and simmer over very low heat about 20 minutes, until the rice is tender.

For extra luck add collard greens, kale, mustard greens, etc. for extra wealth (the green color symbolizes money).

Salt and pepper to taste.

Add a dash of hot sauce (to taste).

First published: last updated: 2014-12-16

4 stars - based on 4 ratings, best: 5, worst: 0, reviews: 1

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almost 11 years

This recipe rocks! Simple, tasty.

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1. History of Hoppin' John almost 5 years ago

I use mild jalapeno chopped peppers instead of red bell pepper I also used spinach for the greens or you can omit that. s

Greeley, United States almost 4 years ago

It would be helpful, perhaps, to specify the type of beans -- dry, canned, frozen -- that are called for. I assumed dry until I realized a 15-minute cooking time requires canned or frozen.

Tracy, CA almost 4 years ago

Thanks for your comment and sorry for the unclear description, just edited the recipe, and it should be canned, frozen or cooked black-eyed beans. Enjoy!

Lindsay, Canada almost 4 years ago

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 165g (5.8 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 13317% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 6mg 2%
Sodium 130mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 8%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars g
Protein 9g
Vitamin A 14% Vitamin C 24%
Calcium 7% Iron 4%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?
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