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Hoppin’ John for a Lucky New Year

by Spicie Foodie on December 31, 2012

Hoppin' John Recipe for Good Luck in The New Year by Spicie Foodie

Can you believe we are hours away from wrapping up 2012? I’m still wondering where the past 364 days went. Like any other year, and like many of you, there was good and there was some bad too. Through it all I try to count myself lucky for all the good and all that I have. (And anyone that knows me personally and deeply knows I’m not referring to material possessions.) As 2012 comes to a close I think it is best to focus on the ups and be hopeful for a great 2013. I take the lessons learned this past year and with them I move forward.

Hoppin' John Recipe for Good Luck in The New Year by Spicie Foodie

Seeing 2013 straight ahead I feel emotional, excited, nervous but also ready to see where the road takes me. This year I haven’t made any resolutions. Not sure that I will. Instead of resolutions all I can think of is just moving forward and taking one day at a time. Everyone moves forward differently. Many rely on themselves, spouses, family and friends to guide them through. Some may also find solace in their religion, while others get a little extra help from superstitions.

Dried Black Eyed Peas for Hoppin' John Recipe by Spicie Foodie

I don’t follow any of the religions of the book but rather a life philosophy leaning towards Zen. When it comes to superstitions I’m not a believer. Though I do find some fascinating and others downright silly. Okay I really should admit that some of them just stuck with me since childhood. For example I never walk under a ladder, I knock on wood, cross my fingers for good luck, and I don’t sweep after dark because…I like the excuse of not having to do house chores. (lol) I also think people should stop carrying around dismembered parts of rabbits, leave black cats and our poor mothers’ backs alone. But if a superstition involving food crosses my path then I’m game.

Hoppin' John Recipe for Good Luck in The New Year by Spicie Foodie

There is a superstition from the southern US states saying that eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day brings good luck and prosperity in the new year. The peas are cooked into a stewed dish called Hoppin’ John. Traditionally the peas represent pennies or coins, greens like Collard, mustard, chard, kale and cabbage are the color of money and were added for extra wealth. Cornbread which is the same color of gold is served as a representative of wealth. (Mo’ money, mo’ money, mo’ money! lol) If you do a quick search for Hoppin’ John you’ll come across countless recipes. Some serving just the beans, others with rice on the side or mixed in, some with cornbread on the side, cooked with bacon or with ham hocks. I wanted to Spicie Foodie-fy ours and serve how we normally eat our bean stews. Here’s the recipe.

Hoppin' John Recipe for Good Luck in The New Year by Spicie Foodie

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Hoppin' John Recipe The Spicie Foodie Way
 
Start the new year with a full belly and with plenty of good luck. Hoppin' John for a Lucky New Year
Author:
Recipe type: Stew, New Year's, Holiday, Beans
Cuisine: American
Serves: 3-4
Ingredients
  • 320 g or 2 cups dried black-eyed peas*
  • 100 g English or American bacon, roughly chopped
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 large celery stick & leaves too, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-2 spicy green chile, finely chopped
  • 1.5 liters or 6 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 large bay leaf
  • salt to taste
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp paprika for color, optional
To Serve:
  • cornbread muffins or regular cornbread
Instructions
*I soaked the peas overnight to shorten cooking time.
  1. Drain the peas and cook until soft, or about one hour. Drain boiling water and set peas aside. In a large pot cook fry the bacon for about 2 minutes. In the same pot add the onion and cook for 2 minutes, then add bell pepper and celery and cook for another 2 minutes. Next add the garlic and spicy green chile to the pot. Cook just until they begin to soften. Add the boiled peas, bay leaf, black pepper and broth. Cover and simmer until the peas have cooked all the way through. Remove the lid, add salt and paprika to the pot. Continue simmering until most of the broth has been absorbed. Leaving as much liquid in the pot as you like. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed before serving.
To Serve:
  1. Serve the Hoppin' John over cornbread muffins sliced in half, or over slices of regular cornbread.
Additional Serving Option:
  1. If you don't fancy cornbread then serve on top of or mixed in with steamed white rice.
Notes
Need a cornbread muffin recipe? Here's mine http://www.spiciefoodie.com/2012/05/23/eggless-yogurt-corn-muffins-and-mays-ybr-signup/ For the Hoppin' John I left out the chile called for in the muffin recipe.

Hoppin' John Recipe for Good Luck in The New Year by Spicie Foodie

Even if I don’t believe in the superstition at least I’m starting 2013 off with a full belly and a yummy meal. I’ve another batch of black-eyed peas soaking for tomorrow’s dinner.

Hoppin' John Recipe for Good Luck in The New Year by Spicie Foodie

 

Have a very Happy New Year’s celebration. Be safe, dream big, take a chance and keep moving forward. Salud, Cheers and Na zdravĺ!!

 

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in American,Beans/Legumes,Holidays,Soups/Stews

{ 42 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Rosa December 31, 2012 at 11:51 AM

A comforting and scrumptious dish!

Best wishes fro the New Year!

Cheers,

Rosa

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2 Spicie Foodie December 31, 2012 at 1:49 PM

Happy New Year Rosa!

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3 What's Baking?? December 31, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Oo if it brings luck n prosperity, give me 2 bowls of this wonderful dish. I wish you a Happy & Prosperous New Year!

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4 Spicie Foodie December 31, 2012 at 1:49 PM

You got it Jen;) Happy New Year!!

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5 Victoria of Flavors of the Sun December 31, 2012 at 5:17 PM

With a Mom born and raised in Georgia, I grew up eating Hoppin’ John on New Year’s Day. Never missed it. Now, though I can find dried black-eyed peas occasionally here in Mexico (where we have soooo many great dried beans!), I usually have to substitute.
Thanks for letting us see your version. And sincere wishes for a Próspero Año Nuevo.

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6 Spicie Foodie January 1, 2013 at 9:22 PM

Thanks Victoria and Happy New Year!

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7 Ramona December 31, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Happy New Year Nancy!! Wishing you all the best this year has to offer! Thank you for being such a wonderful and support blogger friend. We have to stick together since we share a birthday. :) May your year be filled with all the joy and happiness you deserve… and you deserve a lot. See you around the blogs in 2013! :)

Love hoppin john! Someday I hope my photos will be as beautiful as you photos!

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8 Spicie Foodie January 1, 2013 at 9:23 PM

Hi Ramona, Happy New Year! My very best wishes to you sweetie:)

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9 Julia | JuliasAlbum.com December 31, 2012 at 9:14 PM

Black eyed peas look so wonderful on your photos! Happy New Year!

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10 Spicie Foodie January 1, 2013 at 9:25 PM

Thanks Julia & Happy New Year!

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11 Laura (Tutti Dolci) December 31, 2012 at 10:18 PM

The black-eyed peas are so photogenic, what a comforting dish! Happy New Year, Nancy! :)

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12 Spicie Foodie January 1, 2013 at 9:25 PM

Thanks Laura & Happy New Year!

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13 yummychunklet December 31, 2012 at 11:25 PM

Happy New Year!

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14 Spicie Foodie January 1, 2013 at 9:25 PM

Happy New Year!

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15 Eha January 1, 2013 at 3:35 AM

I had absolutely no idea about Hoppin’ John until I clicked on the computer awhile ago! Yet I had ‘naturally’ finished something very similar for lunch! OK, OK, with chickpeas and French sausage, but surely that counts :) ! Not an easy dish to photograph, yet you have made an artwork out of it! So, onto 2013 and may all the fairies floating above you make it a wonderful year!!!

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16 Spicie Foodie January 1, 2013 at 9:26 PM

Yes it counts Eha:) Thank you so much for being a wonderful supporter and reader -it means the world. Happy New Year!

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17 Maureen | Orgasmic Chef January 1, 2013 at 5:56 AM

When I first moved to Knoxville, my then mother-in-law was appalled when I said I didn’t eat black eyed peas. “How will you have any luck at all? You’ll bring the whole family down!”
So I ate them but they certainly didn’t look this good. :)

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18 Spicie Foodie January 1, 2013 at 9:27 PM

Hehe poor Maureen. Thanks and Happy New Year!

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19 Suzanne Perazzini January 1, 2013 at 7:54 AM

I’m with you on no New Year’s resolutions. I think they just set us up to fail.
We all follow certain superstitions because they are bred into us from birth and we hear them all through our childhood. I guess there’s nothing wrong with that as long as it doesn’t make us too anxious.

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20 Spicie Foodie January 1, 2013 at 9:28 PM

You stated it perfectly Suzanne. Happy New Year!

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21 tania@mykitchenstories.com.au January 1, 2013 at 1:04 PM

Wow this looks hearty and warm. I love the photos ( of course). Thanks for hosting the round ups all year. Ive enjoyed joining in. Good luck in 2013!

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22 Spicie Foodie January 1, 2013 at 9:28 PM

Thank you Tania! It’s always my pleasure. Happy New Year!

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23 Holly January 1, 2013 at 2:35 PM

Happy new year to you! Love this post and the recipe. I wish I’d had it earlier because it would have been a great post-hangover lunch!

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24 Spicie Foodie January 1, 2013 at 9:29 PM

Happy New Year Holly! Hehe, yep this would really hit a hangover hard:)

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25 Angie@Angie's Recipes January 1, 2013 at 8:27 PM

It looks hearty and delicious!
Happy New Year!

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26 Spicie Foodie January 1, 2013 at 9:29 PM

Thank you Angie and Happy New Year!

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27 Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies January 2, 2013 at 2:51 AM

I grew up in a very superstitious family so even though I know intellectually that this stuff isn’t true, I still do things like knocking on wood. I can’t help myself! This looks delicious, especially with the cornbread–yum! I hope you have a wonderful New Year!

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28 Spicie Foodie January 2, 2013 at 2:14 PM

Hi Kiersten,
I think once it is ingrained in our childhood it just stays. Thank you and you too:)

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29 Yelena January 2, 2013 at 4:45 AM

Hello Nancy, happy new year to you, have a wonderful and productive year! I with you the best! Your recipes are very delicious and beautiful.

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30 Spicie Foodie January 2, 2013 at 2:14 PM

Hi Yelena,Thank you and all my best to you too.

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31 Gina January 2, 2013 at 5:52 AM

Happy New Years!!!! My husbands asked me why I didn’t make these beans today, lol. I’m not superstitious either. I think you are on the right path, the path called the one that’s right for you. I’m looking forward to the new year and all that it will bring, glad you will be in it.
Hugs,
-Gina-

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32 Spicie Foodie January 2, 2013 at 2:15 PM

Hi Gina,
Well too bad we aren’t neighbors so you guys could have come over. Thanks sweetie:) Best wishes to you and also glad to have you be a part of the new year. Hugs!!

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33 Emily January 2, 2013 at 8:35 AM

I love love love Hoppin’ John! A friend made it for me today, but this recipe looks delish. I’m saving it for next year. Happy new year, and I hope your black-eyed peas bring good fortune in 2013!

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34 Spicie Foodie January 2, 2013 at 2:16 PM

Good for you and your friend Emily. Thanks and best wishes to you too:)

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35 mjskit January 3, 2013 at 4:45 AM

I love Hoppin John and serve every New years! I shared my recipe this year as well! Looks like we’re both are going to have a prosperous 2013 – WooHoo!!!! :) Happy New Year my friend and thanks for sharing so much this year!

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36 Spicie Foodie January 3, 2013 at 1:40 PM

Hi MJ,
I’ll have to stop by to see your recipe and give it a try too. Thanks dear and my very best wishes for a fantastic 2013!

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37 Sunithi January 3, 2013 at 6:22 PM

Yummy. I make black eyed peas a lot and this is a great new recipe ! Happy new year to you. Looking forward to new inspiration from your blog… especially your fabulous photography tips !!

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38 Spicie Foodie January 3, 2013 at 8:58 PM

Thanks Sunithi!

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39 Magic of Spice January 5, 2013 at 1:58 AM

I need a veggie version of this and fast! Oh, and the guys can fend for themseves adding bacon to theirs, lol! Gorgeous sweetie!

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40 Spicie Foodie January 5, 2013 at 9:53 PM

A veggie version would be great! Thanks :)

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41 Frank @Memorie di Angelina January 6, 2013 at 5:39 PM

Funny how different cultures can share very similar traditions. In Italy, as you may know, they eat lentils for good luck and prosperity, since they are said to resemble coins. Usually accompanied by a very fatty sausage known as cotechino. The fat in the sausage also symbolizes prosperity… Although Hoppin’ John is closer to home, we follow the Italian tradition is our house. Il buon sangue non mente…

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42 Spicie Foodie January 9, 2013 at 2:43 PM

Yeah it is pretty amazing Frank. I like the sound of the lentils and sausage -in fact I make something similar.

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