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Recipe for Hoppin' John

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Bowl of hoppin' john
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Southern tradition dictates that a bowlful of Hoppin' John, a stew of black-eyed peas and rice, should be the first thing you eat on New Year's Day, guaranteeing a prosperous year (another version of this tradition says you'll have a lucky day for each pea you eat). This recipe can be made in the slow cooker, simmering all night long so it's ready for New Year's Day brunch. Be sure to soak the beans (overnight or using the quick-soak method) before putting them in the slow cooker.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 8 hours

Total Time: 8 hours, 15 minutes


  • 1 pound dried black-eyed peas, soaked
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 stalk celery, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 smoked ham hock
  • 32 ounces low-sodium chicken stock
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 1/2 to 5 cups cooked white rice
  • Hot pepper sauce, such as Tabasco Sauce


  1. In a large (6 quart) slow cooker crock, combine the beans, onion, celery, bell pepper, ham hock and garlic. Pour the chicken stock into the slow cooker crock, and stir to combine ingredients. Add the bay leaf, and push it into the liquid until it's submerged.

  2. Cover the slow cooker and cook on low for 7 to 8 hours, until beans are tender. Discard the bay leaf and the ham hock.

  3. To serve, spoon some white rice into a bowl and ladle Hoppin' John over the rice. Pass hot pepper sauce at the table for everyone to season to their liking.

This recipe for Hoppin' John serves 6 to 8 people.

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 4 out of 5
Great for any day of the year, Member vanster

My mom and my sister make incredible black-eyed peas, and I was tentative to even try to make them for fear of not being able to live up to their dishes. This recipe got me there, in my opinion! I made this Jan. 10 and it was a big hit in our house--with both my non-black-eyed-pea-eating wife and 2-year-old daughter. Hope we can still have prosperous years even though we were late to the game!

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