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Easy Hoppin' John Recipe

Easy Hoppin' John Recipe

Housewives of Frederick County
Delicious, stick-to-your-ribs meal that is also believed to bring good luck to the new year!
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large ham hock
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped, I used minced garlic
  • 1 lb black eyed peas, soaked overnight & rinsed, I used (2) 15.5 oz cans
  • 1 quart chicken stock, I used (2) 32 oz boxes
  • 1 bay leaf , optional
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • To taste sea salt, pepper, cayenne pepper
  • As needed water
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped green onion
  • 4 cups cooked white or brown rice
  • 5 thick slices cooked ham, chopped into bite size pieces


  • Heat olive oil in large stock pot over medium-high heat.
  • Add ham hock & sear on all sides until nicely browned; a couple of minutes per side.
  • Add the chopped onion, celery, & green pepper.
  • Cook for about 4 to 5 minutes until softened.
  • Stir in the garlic & continue to cook until garlic is fragrant, about 2 minutes.
  • Add black eyed peas, chicken stock, and spices.
  • Bring to a boil.
  • Reduce the heat and simmer for 40 minutes until the peas are creamy & tender, stirring occasionally; adding additional water or chicken stock if necessary.
  • Remove ham hock and cut into bite size pieces, removing the fatty parts. Then add it back into the stock pot.
  • Add cooked ham.
  • Heat through for another 15 minutes.
  • Stir in the green onions and serve warm over rice.
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