Good Luck Hoppin’ John

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Good Luck Hoppin’ John

Traditionally thought of as a southern dish, Hoppin’ John is served on New Year’s Day to bring a year of good luck.

Yield: Makes 8 servings.


  • 4 strips bacon, diced
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cups cooked black-eyed peas, or 2 packages (10 ounces each) frozen
  • 1/2 cup uncooked rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried red-pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper


Partially cook bacon in a Dutch oven, add onion, and cook until bacon is crisp and onion is soft. Add black-eyed peas, rice, water, and pepper flakes. Cover and simmer over low heat until rice is done, about 20 to 25 minutes. Toss with salt and pepper and serve immediately.

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