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Hoppin' John

Hoppin' John


Hoppin' John is a Southern New Year's Day tradition. Although the recipes vary, this is one that has been passed down in my family for generations.

It is believed that eating Hoppin' John will bring good luck for the new year. To add to the good luck, Southerners also serve collard greens to bring money. Who wouldn't want to have a little good luck with money?


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Ingredients / Directions:     Printable PDF

  • 2 bags of dried Cow, Field, or Black-eyed Peas (soak peas in water overnight)
  • 1 package Jimmy Dean Sausage, regular
  • 1 package of Smoked Sausage links
  • 1 ham hock
  • Salt, Pepper, and Cavender's
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Hot Sauce
  • Large 8qt Pot
  • Fill the large pot half full of water and add the ham hock. Next, add two teaspoons of salt and pepper and a few shakes of Cavender's. Bring to a boil and then turn the burner down to the lowest setting. Let simmer for about 30 minutes. Keep pot covered.
  • Meanwhile, brown both sausages. First, brown the smoked sausage for a few minutes. Move to a wire rack or paper towels to drain. Then cook the ground sausage. Once both are cooked, add them to the large pot with the ham hock. Cover and let simmer for another 30-45 minutes.
  • Drain the peas and add them to the pot. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to low. Simmer for about 2-3 hours, stirring occasionally from the bottom.
  • After the peas have cooked, remove the ham hock from the pot. You can pull out the visible ham and add it to the pot.
  • Add 2 "dashes" of Worcestershire and 3 "shakes" of Hot Sauce and stir together.
  • Serve over rice.


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