Mom's New Year's Hoppin' John

Fran Murray


My husband, Mark, absolutely LOVES this recipe. I always make it on New Year's Day. It's said to bring good luck for the whole year. So far, it hasn't been wrong! Happy New Year!

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15 Min


1 Hr 10 Min


Stove Top

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Notes from the Test Kitchen:
Black-eyed peas are delicious. But add bacon to them... and you have a winner. Everything is seasoned just right in this recipe. Can't wait to start my new year with this yummy meal.


10 slice
bacon, chopped
(1- to 1 1/2-pound) boneless ham, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 large
onion, chopped fine
celery ribs, chopped fine
6 clove
garlic, minced
1/2 tsp
dried thyme
4 c
low-sodium chicken broth
16-ounce bags frozen black-eyed peas
bay leaves
1 1/2 c
long-grain rice
scallions, sliced thin

Directions Step-By-Step

Cook bacon in Dutch oven over medium heat until crisp, about 8 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer bacon to paper towel-lined plate. Pour off all but 1 tablespoon fat from pot and brown ham chunks (if desired), about 3 to 6 minutes. Transfer to plate with bacon.
Add onion and celery to pot and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic and thyme and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add broth, peas, bay leaves, and browned ham and bring to boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, until beans are just tender, about 20 minutes.
Place rice in fine-mesh strainer set over a large bow. Rinse under running water until water runs clear, about 1 minute. Drain rice well and stir into pot. Place square of aluminum foil directly on surface of simmering liquid. Simmer covered until liquid is absorbed and rice is tender, about 20 minutes, stirring and repositioning foil twice during cooking. Remove from heat and let stand, covered, for 10 minutes. Fluff rice with fork. Stir in scallions and bacon. Serve.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Other Main Dishes, Pork
Main Ingredient: Beans/Legumes
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Gluten-Free, Dairy Free, Wheat Free
Collection: Christmas 2.0