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Hoppin’ John Black Eyed Peas

“These black eyes peas were a comforting surprise. Simple seasonings including garlic, celery and red peppers combined to make this a lucky dish for 2017. Containing 11 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber per serving, Hoppin’ John is a healthy way to start the new year!  Served with rice, these black eyed peas make a perfect one dish meal!”

Bowl of Black eyed peas

Many years ago when I first married Manservant he told me that his mama  always served black eyed peas on New Year’s Day. Now I am a person of tradition and I intended to keep this tradition…until I tried those little black eyed peas. I’m not sure if I purchased them from a can or if I bought them at deli counter, but what I am sure of is that I didn’t like them. Not one little bit. So much for keeping traditions, huh?

His Mama also used to make red beans and rice and I liked those, so that is one thing I still do. And yes…mine are better. But we won’t go there today because I’m talking peas. Black eyed peas. They are supposed to be lucky and that is why they are served on new year’s. A southern tradition with a long history, you can read more about it here if you’d like. Well, I don’t know about you but luck and I don’t always go hand in hand, which is why if someone tells me that something is lucky I’m not one to turn up my nose at the offered suggestion. I’m no fool. I may be searching for luck but I want luck to know that I’m easily found! So what is it that makes these cute little black eyed peas so lucky? Well, about all I could find was that black eyed peas are said to resemble coins and we all need those, don’t we? I prefer mine in colossal gold rounds to hang around my neck if you were wondering.

Black Eyed Peas

 In any case, I felt pretty lucky after making these black eyed peas. I had no idea they were so good. Perhaps after all these years, my tastes have changed. Or perhaps my cooking skills have improved? Maybe it was lucky that I found presoaked peas from Melissa’s waiting for me in the refrigerator section. Or maybe it was the takeout Chinese rice that needed a home in mine? Whatever. These little peas caught my eye and I went for it. And so did everyone else!

Happy New Year!

Bowl of Black Eyed Peas

Hoppin’ John Black Eyed Peas

Yield: 4-6 servings Author: Abbe Odenwalder print recipe

These black eyes peas were a comforting surprise. Simple seasonings including garlic, celery and red peppers combined to make this a lucky dish for 2017. Containing 11 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber per serving, Hoppin’ John is a healthy way to start the new year! 
prep time: 25 MINScook time: 30 MINStotal time: 55 mins


  • 4 strips bacon
  • 3 T bacon fat or olive oil
  • 1/2 c red pepper, chopped
  • 2 ribs of celery, finely chopped
  • 1 c onion, finely chopped
  • 11 oz soaked black eyed peas (I used Melissa’s) cooked according to package directions
  • 1 t garlic powder
  • 1 t salt
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • 3 c chicken stock
  • 2 c cooked rice
  • 3 T finely chopped Italian parsley


  1. Cook bacon and reserve 3 T of bacon fat. Reserve the crisp bacon for garnish.
  2. In pot with bacon fat, saute red pepper, celery and onion over medium high heat until soft. Add black eyed peas, seasonings, and chicken broth.
  3. Cook black eyed peas until softened or until the broth has boiled down to the thickness you want. I didn’t want soup, so I simmered this about 30 minutes. If you want it soupier, it may only take about 10 minutes. Taste for seasoning.
  4. Serve over hot rice. Garnish with crisp, crumbled bacon. Sprinkle with parsley.
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  • Reply
    La Table De Nana
    January 5, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    Must be very good!Happy New Year to you and yours..bacon makes everyything..makes..:)

  • Reply
    Liz Berg
    January 5, 2017 at 11:46 pm

    You've convinced me that I need to give these a shot! Being a northerner, like you, these weren't part of our New Year's menu. Saving this recipe for 2018!

  • Reply
    Karen Harris
    January 6, 2017 at 12:39 am

    I love hoppin' john but haven't made it in years. You have now inspired me.

  • Reply
    Kitchen Riffs
    January 6, 2017 at 12:54 am

    Love black-eyed peas! And you really don't even have to presoak the dried ones — they'll cook in 45 minutes to an hour. Best are the fresh ones. Or at this time of the year, frozen — you can't get fresh. Good dish — thanks.

  • Reply
    Angie Schneider
    January 6, 2017 at 6:46 am

    I love this classic New Year bean dish! YUM!

  • Reply
    Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
    January 6, 2017 at 8:51 am

    Happy New Year!! We were just talking about this dish on NY day at a Southern party. I love these sorts of traditions!

  • Reply
    Lavender and Lime (
    January 6, 2017 at 11:58 am

    I love traditions like these! And bacon makes everything better. May 2017 hold all your dreams Abbe ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Cheri Savory Spoon
    January 6, 2017 at 10:08 pm

    Traditions are always nice and the older I get the more I like them. Love how you prepared these black eyed peas, they look delicious. Happy New Year Abbe!

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    Sippity Sup
    January 7, 2017 at 1:09 am

    Rice and beans are a perfect combination and a fitting way to start the New Year. Get it? Fitting. Ughh. GREG

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    Chris Scheuer
    January 7, 2017 at 1:23 am

    Sounds delicious. I forgot about black-eyed peas this year. I guess it's good I don't believe in luck ๐Ÿ™‚

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    chris scheuer
    January 7, 2017 at 1:28 am

    This looks wonderful! I forgot about black eyed peas this year, good thing I don't count on luck ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    SavoringTime in the Kitchen
    January 7, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    We did not grow up with any New Year's food traditions in my family but I love that your husband did and hope he appreciates that he's the lucky one to have you ๐Ÿ™‚ I do love most legumes and this dish sounds so wonderfully flavored that I'd to give try it!

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    Karen (Back Road Journal)
    January 7, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    I think presoaked peas really helpsโ€ฆthat is what I used this year too. Wishing you lots of luck and happiness in this New Year.

  • Reply
    January 8, 2017 at 3:21 am

    So glad that Hoppin John changed your mind about Black-eyed peas. I never could tolerate the ones out of a can, but the frozen ones or dry ones..awesome! Hope you scrumptious bowl of Hoppin John brings you lots of good luck in 2017!

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    Anna and Liz Recipes
    January 8, 2017 at 11:45 pm

    This looks amazing!! LOve this black-eye peas recipe and love it over rice! Happy New Year Abby

  • Reply
    January 17, 2017 at 5:30 am

    I'm not one to enjoy black-eyed peas on NYE but these I'd enjoy whenever I could, Abbe. I'm pinning this for some not-too-distant date. Thanks!

  • Reply
    May 25, 2017 at 7:08 am

    This looks lovely, I've never tried black eyed peas, what do they taste like?

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