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Black Eyed Peas Recipes: Hoppin' John New Year's Tradition

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Looking for good luck in 2010? A Southern New Year's Day food tradition, eating Hoppin' John Black Eyed Peas will not only bring good luck, you might also get rich if it's eaten with collard greens. Hoppin' John is a deliciously spicy bean dish made of black-eyed peas simmered with bacon, sausages or ham hocks, onions, spices and rice.

New Year's Day Food Traditions for Good Luck
According to urban legend, it is said for the best good luck of the year, one must eat a bowl of Hoppin' John on New Year's Day. Many devoted Hoppin' John purists go one step further, and at the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve, they'll toast each other with a glass of Champagne in one hand and a bowl of Hoppin' John Black Eyed Peas in the other.

Black Eyed Peas for Riches & Properity
Following the good luck theory, if Hoppin' John Black Eyed Peas are served with collard greens, you might even get lucky AND rich! If that's not enough good luck wishful thinking, eating "leftover Hoppin' John becomes "Skippin' Jenny," the day after New Year's Day, and eating it demonstrates powerful frugality, bringing one even better chances of prosperity," reports the Austin Chronicle.

According to Boston University School of Theology Archives, "Eat poor on New Year's, and eat fat the rest of the year," is the best advice going for good luck and prosperity.

The Best Black Eyed Peas Recipes

Emeril Lagasse's Hoppin' John Recipe: Ham hocks or bacon, onions, celery, green peppers, garlic, black eyed peas, chicken stock and spices make a wonderfully delicious Hoppin' John!

All Recipes Hoppin' John Recipe
: Black eyed peas, ham hocks, onions, spices on top of long grain rice and topped with smoked cheddar cheese.

CDKitchen Hoppin' John Recipe: Frozen black eyed peas make this a super easy recipe. Add bacon, onion, garlic, diced canned tomatoes and spices with cooked white rice. Click back one page on CDKitchen for dozens of Hoppin' John recipes.

Food & Wine's Hoppin' John Recipe: The ultimate Hoppin' John complete with collard greens for prosperity and riches, sausages or kielbasa and long grain rice.

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Written by Donna Diegel


Submitted by LOUISE (not verified) on
Our family loves the peas with bacon. We have four stores in our area: Giant, Wegmans, Weis and Wal Mart. For some reason, they do not stock them any more. There are all flavors of different beans and we do use other types, but for a quick, light, satisfying meal, the peas over corn bread is the best. Any way to find out why I can't get them any more? Thank you.....Louise

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I have gone to the store manager and asked. Sometimes they will order them for you.

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