Hoppin' John A New Year Tradition - Dee Dee's
Diane Hopson Smith
Throughout the coastal South, eating Hoppin' John on New Year's Day is thought to bring a prosperous year filled with luck.
The peas are symbolic of pennies or coins, and a coin is sometimes added to the pot or left under the dinner bowls.
Collard greens, mustard greens, turnip greens, chard, kale, cabbage etc. along with this dish are supposed to also add to the wealth since they are the color of money.
Another traditional food, cornbread can also be served to represent wealth being the color of gold.
Blue Ribbon Recipe
We loved Diane's version of this classic New Year recipe. It's a great way to use a leftover ham bone. Adding Rotel gives the dish a punch of flavor so go easy on the seasoning until you taste it. There's a great balance of fresh vegetables in this recipe. Even though they are added towards the end of the cooking process, they are cooked nicely and have a slight crunch. This hoppin' john recipe has a few steps. If you follow Diane's instructions, you'll have a great New Year's dinner. The Test Kitchen
- 1 bag(s)
- dried black-eyed peas, 16 oz.
- 1 large
- carrot (optional)
- 1 to 2 tsp
- baking soda (optional)
- meaty ham bone (I used a ham bone I had in the freezer from our Thanksgiving ham) you can use ham hock or chopped ham
- 2 medium
- onions, chopped and divided
- 3 to 4 clove
- garlic, minced
- bay leaf
- 1 c
- long-grain white rice (not minute rice)
- 1 can(s)
- Rotel tomatoes, 10 oz.
- 1 large
- bell pepper, chopped
- 2 to 3
- ribs of celery, chopped
- 1 large
- jalapeno pepper, minced
- 2 tsp
- Cajun seasoning
- 1/2 tsp
- dried thyme
- Everglade seasoning to taste
- salt and pepper, to taste (I used cayenne pepper)
- 3 to 4
- green onions, sliced
- red pepper flakes to taste, optional
How to Make Hoppin' John A New Year Tradition - Dee Dee's
- 2Bring to a vigorous boil; boil for 2 minutes and remove from heat. Let peas soak for 2 hours.
NOTE: The carrot and baking soda is a little trick that was passed on from my grandmother and mother. They both believed that this will reduce gas. Not sure this is true but I have been cooking dried peas and beans this way for years without a problem.