“Hoppin John” for the New Year

Hoppin John (Black Eyed Peas)

A New Years day tradition that my Alabama/California family continues to follow is the serving of “Hoppin John” on New Years Day . Its said that if you eat Hoppin John on New Years Day you will have good luck all year. Well I have eaten it pretty much every New Years Day that I could remember except in 1991…and I went to war Feb 23rd 1991, so you be the judge!

Its very easy to make, just follow this recipe to serve 10 small servings and you will be lucky all year long!

2 bags frozen black eyed peas

2 small smoked ham hocks

1 white onion diced

3 cans chicken stock

2 tbs dried parsley

1 tbs black pepper

Put everything into a crock pot and cook for 6-10 hrs on low….if you don’t have a crock pot or the time, use a cast iron pot and saute the onions first, then bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for about 2-3 hrs.

Serve with cornbread and rice….use hot sauce to taste and good luck!!

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