8 servings (serving size: about 1 cup)

How to Make It

Step 1

Heat the oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion, green bell pepper, celery, and garlic; sauté 5 minutes. Add thyme, red pepper, salt, black pepper, and bay leaves; cook 1 minute. Add water and ham hocks, and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes. Add peas; cook for an additional 30 minutes.

Step 2

Remove ham hocks from pan; cool. Remove ham from bones; finely chop. Discard bones, skin, and fat. Add rice and red bell pepper to pan; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in ham. Discard bay leaves. Spoon into a serving dish, and sprinkle with green onions.

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Ratings & Reviews

steponme's Review

September 03, 2013
Delicious. Followed recipe except subbed smoked turkey leg for ham hocks.

tinaman2's Review

January 19, 2013

ckfisch's Review

January 03, 2013
This is my go-to Hoppin' John recipe. My husband and I both love it!!

baileysdad's Review

January 01, 2013

bookgirll66's Review

June 21, 2011

8stringfan's Review

January 02, 2011
Guess I'm the lone voice of dissent on this one. I was looking forward to a light version of this classic New Year's Day dish but was sorely disappointed. The flavor profile of the dish is basically dried thyme...that's it. I used smoked ham hocks and don't think they added anything. Furthermore, at least on the hocks I bought, there was literally no meat to be found, just skin, bone, tendon and fat. For me, Hoppin' John has always meant a LOT of bacon as well as some chopped country ham. Not a healthy dish but a really tasty, meaty, smoky, hearty and savory one. This version tasted like peas and rice in some some weakly seasoned water.