Randy Mayor; Cindy Barr
6 servings (serving size: about 1 1/3 cups)

A tasty mix of rice, black-eyed peas, and pork, hoppin' John is a Southern dish often eaten on New Year's Day for good luck. Corn bread is a traditional accompaniment.

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine first 4 ingredients, stirring with a whisk; set aside.

Step 2

Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion to pan; sauté 6 minutes. Add rice, ham, and garlic; sauté 2 minutes. Stir in water mixture; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes. Add peas and greens; cover and cook 5 minutes. Stir rice mixture; cover and cook an additional 5 minutes or until greens and rice are tender.

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Ratings & Reviews

Ramius50's Review

July 28, 2013
I love the way in this recipe , the cook knew to suite the onion and other ingredients before adding the peas to simmer. . out of all the hopping johns on the net , this is the one Ill be trying. good eating.

falljunelaker's Review

March 26, 2012
Followed the recipe exactly. May try the chicken stock & something for a little heat next time, as mentioned by another poster. May also increase the amount of mustard greens. A good, solid comfort food recipe. Will definitely make again.

sprater1's Review

January 01, 2012
I used a 15.8oz can of black eyed peas instead and it worked just fine. I also substituted cooked cabbage instead of mustard greens. My young kids liked it alot!

EllenDeller's Review

December 31, 2010
If you use chicken stock instead of water, that will make a huge difference. I also put two chopped jalapenos in with the onions. We don't eat pork, so I used a smoked turkey drumstick, which gives a similar flavor. The large bone left after you cut the meat off makes a good flavor ingredient for cooking beans, too.

jeanmf's Review

November 06, 2009
I thought this was very tasty. With a side of corn bread, this was a delicious meal for a cold night. I didn't think it was bland at all, as some folks found. The one change I did was to add the ham at the very end.

SouthernDenise's Review

April 06, 2009
This is the best hoppin john recipe I have ever tried. It elevates a southern staple of comfort food to cuisine.