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.
- 1 lb
- bag dried black-eyed peas
- 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)
- 10-oz can rotel tomatoes
- 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
- 1Soak peas. I used the 2 hour method for soaking peas; Rinse and sort peas. Combine 8 to 10 cups of cold water, carrot, baking soda and peas in a large pot. Bring 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.
- 3Remove the ham bone, cut off meat; dice and set aside. Drain the peas and set aside.
- 4Add 2 1/2 cups of water to the pot and bring to a boil; add rice and bring to boil; reduce heat, cover and simmer for 10 to 12 minutes.