Hoppin' John

Total Time:
1 hr 5 min
15 min
50 min

10 servings

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large ham hock
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup celery, chopped
  • 1/2 cup green pepper, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 1 pound black-eyed peas, soaked overnight and rinsed
  • 1 quart chicken stock
  • Bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon dry thyme leaves
  • Salt, black pepper, and cayenne
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped green onion
  • 3 cups steamed white rice

Heat oil in a large soup pot, add the ham hock and sear on all sides for 4 minutes. Add the onion, celery, green pepper, and garlic, cook for 4 minutes. Add the black-eyed peas, stock, bay leaves, thyme, and seasonings. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 40 minutes, or until the peas are creamy and tender, stir occasionally. If the liquid evaporates, add more water or stock. Adjust seasonings, and garnish with green onions. Serve over rice.

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I liked this dish Emeril, it was very flavorful. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great recipe! Especially for a traditional southern New Year's Day buffet. I make it every year on NYD, but I'm always surprised at how many are unaware of this tradition. I used bacon and diced ham instead of a ham hock, and added a can of diced fire roasted tomatoes, a diced jalapeno, red & yellow peppers...and then a couple handfuls of kale 5 minutes before turning off the heat. My wife said it was "the best I have ever had!", so I give this Emeril recipe 5 stars. :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
Used this with some of my mom's ideas. Boy, was it good. Add mustard greens, hot sauce and rice. If you can add Everglade Seasoning to the greens, you have uncovered a Southern secret! (ES is available at Walmart in the South) but don't add too much it is powerful! item not reviewed by moderator and published
BAM, that was good! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Fantastic! Used Applewood smoked bacon instead of ham - starting out the New Year with a delicious serving of black-eyed peas! What is the nutritional content of this recipe? item not reviewed by moderator and published
I just finished making this about 15 minutes ago. I had it over rice and then had a second cup without rice. FANTASTIC - Great Savory & Spicey! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have been using this recipe for the past 3 yrs. It is easy and very tasty and my family loves it. I use fresh black eyed peas which really cuts down the cooking time and I make it a day ahead of time so that the flavor can incorporate in everything. This year I am putting my twist on it by using bacon as my seasoning and adding more texture to the dish. should be delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This will be the third year in a row that I'm making this. I follow the recipe as written and it is fantastic! I serve this with corn bread for additional good luck! Happy New Year! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Who knew that such a simple recipe could taste so good? I almost can't eat enough, but it's so satisfying and it stays with you. Goes great with Louisiana style hot sauce and sauteed greens with garlic. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe truly exceeded our expectations. This is an earthy flavored dish, and the combination of rice and black eyed peas were actually quite good together. The only variation on our part is that instead of using a ham hock we used a smoked shank. They are essentially the same. After cooking the dish most of the way I pulled out the shank, boned it, trimmed out some of the fat, and put it back into the dish. That provided little nuggets of goodness as we ate dinner! item not reviewed by moderator and published

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