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Hoppin’ John

September 27, 2009

~ Mary ~

Hoppin’ John is traditionally a New Years dish in the south.  The first time I had it was in 1993 at St. Cloud State when we hosted the annual May Bowl.  Our theme was the Kentucky Derby, we served 2,500 people and I was a nervous wreck the week leading up to the event.  We served some other dishes that turned out to be favorites that day, too. Big Daddy Potatoes and Kentucky Country Bread Pudding with Frangelico Cream – I’ll be posting those around the holidays.


Hoppin’ John



Soak overnight:

2 Cups Black-eyed Peas

There are two options here: if you use white rice you will need to pre-cook the beans if you use brown rice you can for go pre-cooking the beans.

In a frying pan over medium low heat, render the fat from

8 ounces cubed Salt Pork

DO NOT BROWN the fat

Don’t use more than 8oz. or your dish will be too salty.

This rendering takes a good 10-15 minutes.

Saute` with pork after fat is rendered:

½ Cup Diced Peppers

½ Cup Diced Onion

1-2 Tbsp Chopped Garlic

4 Cloves Garlic Chopped

Then add:

**1 Cup raw Rice

Saute until rice is toasted and opaque.


3 Cups Low Salt Chicken Broth

Add 2-3 Cups of WATER in addition to the broth if you are using brown rice and raw black-eyed peas.

Simmer until liquid has been absorbed about 20-30 min for white rice and 35-45 min for brown rice.

I’ve never tried it, but I’m sure bacon would work great in place of the salt pork.

12 Comments leave one →
  1. September 27, 2009 8:11 pm

    Ive never cooked with black eyed peas..I think its time! Looks delicious.Figtreeapps

  2. September 30, 2009 10:51 pm

    wow! looks very satisfying and filled with lots of great flavors

  3. October 1, 2009 4:40 am

    Looks absolutely delicious.

  4. October 1, 2009 7:44 am

    Amazingly delicious.

  5. tastyeatsathome permalink
    October 1, 2009 9:27 am

    I love Hoppin John! Yum!

  6. oc2seattle permalink
    October 1, 2009 9:47 am

    My husband has always talked about this New Year’s tradition! Think I’ll try it out as a surprise for him. Thanks so much for sharing!

  7. October 1, 2009 6:53 pm

    A favorite in my house! I’m going to try this with brown rice very soon.

  8. October 2, 2009 5:17 am

    Oh that looks amazing!

  9. October 2, 2009 3:24 pm

    Perfect segue for fall cooking.

  10. Fatima permalink
    October 5, 2009 9:44 am

    I am making this meal tonight! I am excited to taste it since the picture looks good enough to eat :0)

    • foododelmundo permalink*
      October 5, 2009 11:20 am

      I hope you’ll stop back and tell us how it was.
      ~ Mary

  11. October 6, 2009 3:42 am

    I’ve never had this on Derby Day (despite the fact of celebrating many a Derby Day as a fellow Kentuckian), always on New Years Day, but no matter, it’s good to see such an American classic revisited.

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