Hoppin John

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

This is my ususal New Years Day meal, but as I seem to be a week behind in everything, I am just getting around to making it tonight. 

Here in the south, we welcome in the new year with black eyed peas for good luck. Since I am a week behind, maybe it means just 51 weeks of good luck. What do you think?

I do traditionally share this recipe on the blog at the beginning of each year, so if you have seen it before, please excuse me ( also, there was the problem that I was completely tuckered out and too lazy to come up with something new)

Laura's Hoppin John

olive oil cooking spray
1 can vegetarian black eye peas (drained)
1 large green pepper chopped
1 cup chopped onion
brown rice (I use the quick cooking kind when I am feeling impatient)
shredded cheddar cheese
fresh tomatoes cut into bite size chunks

This will generally feed four people

cook enough brown rice to serve four people (I generally double what it says on the box) set aside.
saute the onion and green pepper in olive oil until fork tender. add the black eye peas and cook until heated through
spoon black eye pea mixture on top of rice on individual plates. 
top with shredded cheese and fresh tomatoes to taste.
Very easy peasy, but extremely tasty

I really only have one other tradition and that is Hot Browns and Mint Juleps on Kentucky Derby Day, so don't expect a lot of do-overs on the recipes here.



  1. It looks delicious, might just try it this week. But l wonder...what are black eyed peas in Norwegian? Might have to find an alternative for them...hope l don't miss out on the luck though ;-) hope your week is a really good one, blessings Pam

  2. LOL- Looks great to me- I have a HOPPIN JOHN here, too...but in a whole different way as you will see later today- xo Diana

  3. I love black eyed peas - gotta try this!

  4. I pinned this under 'Gluten-free recipes' because my husband accidentally bought several cans of black eyed peas and I've no idea what to do with them! Now I know. Thanks, Laura. :-))

  5. just found your blog. Love your style and wonderful sense of humor. I can relate to the SOCIAL SECURITY incident, as I had to go there this week. Quite the experience!!
    have a great day....Sharon

  6. Laura, it looks wonderful. I love my blackeyed peas and I too have them every New Years Day. Good luck my friend. We need all we can get these days!!

  7. It looks delicious! Will have to try it. My daughter and her husband were here over New Years and made their traditional Lentil soup and that was wonderful also! Have a wonderful week!

  8. Yum Yum black eyed peas! Recipe looks so good-Thanks.

  9. Mmmm, looks good. I just made plain black eyed peas on New Year's Day with a little bacon for flavor. I hope it works with the luck!

  10. I don't see a lot of black-eyed peas, here on the frozen prairie. But I did get lefse for Christmas (Scandinavian treat -- sort of like a tortilla made out of mashed potatoes, delicious rolled up with butter and sugar).

  11. I forgot to eat black eyed peas. Hope that doesn't mean bad luck. But they did put me back in the steel boot today...

  12. Sorry, I thought it had golden raisins in it, and I was peering at the picture, wondering why on earth?...lol. Then I read the ingredients and went wow, that does look delish. Here in Canada eh...snort, we have no idea what black eyed peas are, but I plan on finding out how they taste. After all, a girl has got to have some NY's resolutions.


  13. Laura,
    What a beautiful dish! I think I'll be pinning it.
    And I'll bet I have all the bottles in your header. Old bottles are terrific!

  14. We celebrated new years day with black-eyed peas for luck, turnip greens for money and cornbread because it tastes good. The last few years I’ve used the crockpot because people drop in and out all day. The rice comes in on leftover day. This week is going by so fast and your surgery is next week. You must be anxious to have it done with and on the way to recovery. Yes, you will have good luck!

  15. Laura, this is my first visit to your blog. Your black eyed peas look so delicious. I bought some a few weeks ago and I've been itching to fix them. :-)

  16. It sounds good, Laura! Thanks for the recipe!


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