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Hoppin' John

A classic Southern dish
Hoppin' John
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This delicious classic Southern dish is packed with power flavors. This dish is filled with black-eyed peas which are a symbol for good luck, so it's best to eat this during your Christmas or New Year's Day dinner.

This recipe is by Pam Smith O'Hara and was originally published in the Chicago Tribune.

Ready in
1 h
30 m
(prepare time)
30 m
(cook time)
Calories Per Serving


  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 2 Tablespoons peanut oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, finely diced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 Teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 Teaspoon ground chipotle chilies
  • 4 Cups frozen black-eyed peas
  • 4 Cups water
  • 1 Teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 1 Cup long-grain white rice, cooked to package directions
  • Pinch ground allspice


Melt butter with oil in a large, heavy saucepan over medium heat.

Add onion, bay leaves, thyme, chili and allspice.

Cook, stirring frequently until onion is lightly browned, about 7 minutes.

Add peas and 4 cups water; heat to boil.

Lower heat; simmer, covered, until peas are soft, 20 minutes.

Check pan occasionally to make sure they are covered with water; add more if needed.

Season with salt.

Serve over rice.