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How to Make Hoppin' John

Hoppin' John is a traditional Southern peas and rice dish served on New Year's Day, but you don't have to be Southern to enjoy this popular recipe.


  • Step 1: Prepare the scallions and greens Slice the white bulb ends of the scallions and chop the green ends into 1/2-inch pieces. Remove the tough stems from the collard greens, and then wash and shred the leaves.
  • Step 2: Saute Heat the oil over low heat and add the onion and scallion bulbs. Saute until the onion is translucent. Add the collard greens to the pan, and then stir in the salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. Stir while cooking until the greens are wilted -- about one minute.
  • Step 3: Add sausage, peas, and rice Increase the heat to medium-high and add the sausage, black-eyed peas, and rice. Cook while stirring for 30 seconds and then stir in the chicken broth, bringing it to a simmer.
  • TIP: You can use fresh black-eyed peas instead of frozen. Just simmer them in water until they're soft.
  • Step 4: Reduce heat and cook Reduce the heat to low and cover the mixture, cooking until the rice is tender and the liquid is absorbed -- about 20 minutes.
  • TIP: You can substitute the sausage with a large ham hock, if you prefer.
  • Step 5: Add scallion tops Remove your Hoppin' John from the heat and stir in the scallion tops. Serve immediately with cornbread and enjoy good luck throughout the new year.
  • FACT: Collard greens contain a phytochemical that may help prevent sight loss.

You Will Need

  • 4 scallions
  • 1/2 lb. collard greens
  • 3 tbsp. cooking oil
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 lb. smoked sausage
  • split and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 10-oz. package frozen black-eyed peas
  • 1 1/2 c. long grain rice
  • 3 c. canned chicken broth
  • Cornbread
  • 10 oz. fresh black-eyed peas (optional)

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