The Southern Lady Cooks Hoppin John Recipe

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The Southern Lady Cooks Hoppin John Recipe

ActiveRain blogger Rocky Dickerson has been writing about southern traditions. I am sure he would recommend a serving of Hoppin John to assure good luck this year.

A major New Year's food tradition in the American South, Hoppin' John is a dish of pork-flavored field peas or black-eyed peas (symbolizing coins) and rice, frequently served with collards or other cooked greens (as they're the color of money) and cornbread (the color of gold). The dish is said to bring good luck in the new year.
Different folklore traces the history and the name of this meal, but the current dish has its roots in African and West Indian traditions and was most likely brought over by slaves to North America. A recipe for Hoppin' John appears as early as 1847 in Sarah Rutledge's "The Carolina Housewife" and has been reinterpreted over the centuries by home and professional chefs.
The dish reportedly got its name in Charleston, South Carolina, and it is a veritable staple of Lowcountry cooking.

Chef Dolores used the stove top version of The Southern Lady Cooks Hoppin John Recipe. Click on the link to view the recipe and to print a copy. You may wish to create your own custom version for your family.


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Roy Kelley, Associate Broker

Realty Group Referrals (Retired from RE/MAX Realty Group)

6 Montgomery Village Ave., Suite 200, Gaithersburg, MD 20879

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Comments (12)

Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Oh my goodness, I should have posted my hoppin' John recipe too, Roy! I shared our dinner on FB but, didn't share it here. I'm sure Dolores' New Years dinner was amazing. 

Happy New Year to you both!

Happy New Year!

Jan 02, 2022 01:49 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Roy- I did have my traditional black-eyed peas on New Year's Day but not Hoppin John. i will be making red beans and rice in a few weeks. 

Jan 02, 2022 03:09 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Never heard of this dish until now.  What I find interesting are the traditions around this dish.  A

Jan 02, 2022 04:15 PM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Hello Roy Kelley thank you for the delicious Hoppin John recipe.

Jan 02, 2022 08:22 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I've never heard of Hoppin John, or that recipe prior to today, Roy.  I need to give it a try.

Jan 02, 2022 10:04 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Roy - differences in regional tastes (no pun intended but now that it is written, I kinda like it) have long been in evidence on tables across our country.  They make their appearance during traditional times as well on occasions which may not be as well-known.  

Jan 03, 2022 04:54 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I never heard of this dish until now. Guess you can tell I'm not from the South!

Jan 03, 2022 05:20 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Roy....  I know this Hoppin' John dish is a major New Year tradition for many... but not in my house... I'm not much of a pork eater nor of beans.

Jan 03, 2022 10:12 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for your comments. It is always good to hear from you.

Jan 04, 2022 05:51 AM
Tracy Lee Parker

We had black eyed peas from a can this year...haha! I need to plan better! Happy New Year ! 

Jan 04, 2022 08:24 AM