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
Recipe type: Stew, New Year's, Holiday, Beans
Cuisine: American
Serves: 3-4
  • 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
*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.
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.
Recipe by Spicie Foodie ™ at https://www.spiciefoodie.com/2012/12/31/hoppin-john-for-a-lucky-new-year/