Hoppin’ John

January 1, 2020


Mummy always fixes this dish on the first day of the New Year because in the South, it is believed that eating black-eyed peas on January 1st will bring you GOOD LUCK!  So far, it seems to be working so why mess with a good thing?!?!?!?!  If you have never tried this dish, this is a TRUE SOUTHERN COMFORT FOOD, and Southerners will actually eat this dish all year long.  When we can’t get fresh black-eyed peas, we can use the frozen kind instead… but never the canned ones, because those are just gross!  I hope that you will give this recipe a try… I think that you will really enjoy it.  It is NOT DOGGIE FRIENDLY due to the onions that are in it, so please don’t let them sample any!!!


Hoppin’ John


6 slices thick cut bacon… fried crisp… crumble it up and set aside (reserve the bacon grease)

1 1/2 cups celery, chopped small

1 1/2 cups sweet onion, chopped small

1 large green bell pepper, chopped small

1 Tablespoon minced garlic

1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme

1 teaspoon coarse ground pepper

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt…divided

8 cups chicken broth

4 cups fresh black-eyed peas (or frozen if fresh is not available)

2 Tablespoons olive oil

1 1/2 cups jasmine rice

green onions, sliced thin for garnishing


In a large dutch oven, pour in the reserved bacon grease you have from frying your bacon and add the chopped celery, onion and bell pepper.  Cook until the onion is lightly browned and tender.  Add the minced garlic, thyme, pepper, cayenne pepper and ONE TEASPOON of the sea salt.  Stir until well combined and cook for a few minutes.  Add the crumbled up bacon and stir.  Add the chicken broth and black-eyed peas and bring everything to a boil over medium-high heat.  Lower heat to a simmer.  Cover and simmer for about 45 minutes.  Drain off 3 cups of the liquid to use for cooking your rice.


To make the rice:

In a frying pan, heat the olive oil in a medium-sized frying pan over medium-high heat.  Add the rice and flatten it out across the bottom of the pan… stirring it occasionally.  Cook it until it is lightly toasted.  You want it to be a uniform light to medium brown color.  Remove from heat.  In a large saucepan, add the 3 cups of liquid that you removed from your black-eyed pea mixture and the REMAINING 1/2 teaspoon of salt and bring this to a boil.  Add your toasted rice.  Bring the mixture up to a boil, then reduce it to LOW and cover.  Simmer this until all the liquid is gone and the rice is cooked and tender.  Add the cooked rice to the black-eyed pea mixture…mix everything together.


This can be served immediately but is better if you let it sit for a day in the refrigerator, to soak up all of the juices.

Heat it back up on the stove or in the microwave. Serve it up in a bowl and sprinkle a few thinly sliced green onions on the top.

OH MY GOODNESS this is soooooo delicious.  Let me know if you try it… I love to hear how you enjoy our recipes.




  • Mary Hamilton

    01.01.2020 at 15:13 Reply

    Yum! Will make this soon! We do have our black eyed peas and ham! Happy New Year!!! Kiss kiss

    • millie larue

      01.01.2020 at 15:34 Reply

      There are lots of variations for this recipe but if you’ve never tried it before it sure is yummy! It is a Southern tradition and said to bring good luck in the new year! 😘😘

  • Linda Jones

    01.01.2020 at 16:00 Reply

    This looks so good. Would make it today but don’t have the bacon. 🙂Maybe tomorrow after a quick trip to Publix. Happy New Year.

    • millie larue

      01.01.2020 at 16:26 Reply

      Let me know how you like it! 😘😘

  • Carol Copeland

    01.01.2020 at 16:22 Reply

    That sounds great! Happy New Year!

    • millie larue

      01.01.2020 at 16:26 Reply

      I hope that you will give it a try. Happy New Year. 😘😘

  • Judy Alter

    01.01.2020 at 16:59 Reply

    I hope you have a Happy New Year and a lucky year too!

    • millie larue

      01.01.2020 at 17:15 Reply

      Thank you… eating the Hoppin’ John is sure to bring GOOD LUCK to all of us! We doggies cannot eat it but Mummy and Daddy will eat plenty! 🤗❤️😘👍

  • Sharon Hook

    01.01.2020 at 17:36 Reply

    Thank You and it sounds delicious. Happy New Year to Everyone.

    • millie larue

      01.01.2020 at 18:14 Reply

      Happy New Year! We hope you will enjoy some HOPPIN’ JOHN too! 😘😘

  • Debra FisK

    01.01.2020 at 18:15 Reply

    Thank you Millie for the recipe!I am going to try it.

    • millie larue

      01.01.2020 at 18:45 Reply

      Wonderful! Let me know how you like it. 😘😘

  • Jeanie Drane

    01.01.2020 at 18:48 Reply

    Im from the south. We always enjoy black eyed peas corn bread, wowza,love it, Happy New Year to u all be blest,❤❤❤🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾❤❤❤🐾

    • millie larue

      01.01.2020 at 19:37 Reply

      Yummy!!! Mummy and Daddy are having it for lunch. 😘😘❤️🤗

  • Laura Seavers

    01.01.2020 at 19:44 Reply

    This looks just yummy! I make smoked ham hocks with great northern beans. This sounds really good too. Big skillet of fried potatoes and corn bread. I would rather have food like this than steak. Yum! Happy New Year to all of you!

    • millie larue

      01.01.2020 at 20:07 Reply

      Ohhhhh your meal sounds super yummy too! HAPPY NEW YEAR😘😘

  • Faye Lawrence

    01.01.2020 at 19:50 Reply

    Thx we had our. Beans & corn bread today.

    • millie larue

      01.01.2020 at 20:08 Reply

      Happy New Year and GOOD LUCK will come your way this year. 😘😘❤️🐶🤗🎉

  • Daphne Parris

    01.01.2020 at 20:32 Reply

    Millie LaRue I cant wait to try this recipe. I Love me some Black Eyed Peas and Cornbread. Yum. Happy New Year’s to you all and your Momma.

    • millie larue

      01.01.2020 at 21:09 Reply

      Ohhhh you will love this then! And if you have our very own COOKBOOK, there is a recipe in there for the BEST CORNBREAD EVER!!!

  • Sharon Sweat

    01.01.2020 at 20:45 Reply

    Baked ham , Hoppin John and collard greens are a must on New Year’s Day. I pray that 2020 brings love and happiness to you all. Thank you so much for sharing your life with us. You are loved bunches. Kisses to you and your sissies. Mom and dad too

    • millie larue

      01.01.2020 at 21:10 Reply

      Thank you for keeping us with us for so long! You are a dear friend and we look forward to reading your comments in the following year! 😘❤️🐶🎉🤗

  • Sharon Sweat

    01.01.2020 at 20:53 Reply

    I forgot to tell you that the toffee grahams went over big at our party at church. Every one wanted the recipe . I have a feeling it will be served at many church functions. Thanks so much

    • millie larue

      01.01.2020 at 21:11 Reply

      Yippppeee! Thank you for telling me what a success they were! 😘😘🤗😘😘

  • Laurie Heikoff

    01.01.2020 at 21:07 Reply

    Sounds delicious, little Millie! Thank your mummy for sharing her recipe with us!!! Happy New Year!!! 😘

    • millie larue

      01.01.2020 at 21:12 Reply

      You are very welcome… we hope you will give it a try. It is a good recipe all year long! 😘❤️🐶👍🤗

  • Shannon Henderson

    01.01.2020 at 21:41 Reply

    We eat a different variation of yours . I love them with cornbread or rice.

    • millie larue

      01.01.2020 at 22:00 Reply

      These are mixed with rice… and we have cornbread on the side. Mummy makes the BEST CORNBREAD EVER! 🤗🤗🤗🤗

  • Kathryn Smith

    01.01.2020 at 22:35 Reply

    Got mine in the slow cooker right now, just have to put the rice in and we are good to go. Ofcourse it is only 2:30 p.m. out here on the west coast. Happy New Year! My corn bread is already done and waiting for the black eyed peas.

    • millie larue

      01.01.2020 at 23:23 Reply

      Lots of people will be having GOOD LUCK this year!!! 😘❤️🐶🤗🎉👍

  • Helene Waugh

    01.01.2020 at 23:27 Reply

    Happy and healthy New Year to all of you !

    • millie larue

      01.01.2020 at 23:44 Reply

      Happy New Year ms Helen!

  • Rev Kenny haddock

    02.01.2020 at 00:21 Reply

    Your a good cook millir

    • millie larue

      02.01.2020 at 00:50 Reply

      Thank you! 😘❤️🐶👩🏻‍🍳

  • Shirley Skulimowski

    02.01.2020 at 01:07 Reply

    That’s sounds delicious 😋 happy New Year 🎆

    • millie larue

      02.01.2020 at 01:13 Reply

      Happy New Year! I hope that you will give it a try. 😘😘

  • Sherri Davis

    02.01.2020 at 01:33 Reply

    I really enjoy Hoppin’ John and I can’t wait to try your recipe!! We didn’t cook this year but we went to Cracker Barrel. We had all of the Southern New Year’s Day delicacies! They even had black eyed peas!! It was all delicious. I hope your New Year’s Day has been relaxing. We have watched some football and are getting ready for our Georgia Bulldogs to play. I am looking forward to ur next post!!!😘😘

    • millie larue

      02.01.2020 at 03:04 Reply

      Ooooohhhh Mummy loves Cracker Barrel! I hope that you enjoyed your meal and your New Years Day! 😘😘

  • Sandy Newman

    02.01.2020 at 02:15 Reply

    Howdy girls!!! Happy New Year! Looks yummy, but I don’t recall ever eating peas with black eyes..lolol. Will have to try it sometime…I can use all the good luck I can! Hugs and kisses!!!!

    • millie larue

      02.01.2020 at 03:05 Reply

      Lolololol I think you will enjoy this dish… give it a try! 😘😘❤️🐶👩🏻‍🍳

  • Lynn Davis

    02.01.2020 at 03:07 Reply

    Looks delish! 😍

    • millie larue

      02.01.2020 at 04:13 Reply

      It is really good… I hope you will try it. 😘😘❤️🐶🤗👩🏻‍🍳

  • Pamela Hartman

    02.01.2020 at 05:09 Reply

    Happy New Year Millie and your sisters and Mommy and Daddy! I live in Gettysburg, Pa and we eat pork and sauerkraut. Your recipe sounds good and I will have to try. Love and kisses.

    • millie larue

      02.01.2020 at 05:22 Reply

      Ohhhh your meal sounds yummy too! I hope that your day was filled with happiness! 😘😘❤️🐶🎉🤗


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    • millie larue

      02.01.2020 at 16:52 Reply

      Oh yes!!!! Ham hocks are super tasty too!!! 😘😘❤️👩🏻‍🍳


    03.01.2020 at 02:15 Reply

    Happy new year!!! I’ve always said I’m going to try toake this dish, but ever tried becuase jot sounded to difficult but your mummy makes it sound so easy! I will make it and have some greens to go with it😋😋😋😋

    • millie larue

      03.01.2020 at 02:37 Reply

      Ohhhhh you need to try it! Really, it is not hard at all!!! The measurements don’t have to be EXACT but be careful with that cayenne pepper!!! Lolololol Let me know how you like it. 😘❤️👩🏻‍🍳👍


    03.01.2020 at 02:16 Reply

    So sorry for the misspelled words😔

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