Hoppin’ John with Greens

Kick off a new year with a steaming bowl of New Years Hoppin’ John with Greens for good luck, health, wealth, and prosperity

Hoppin’ John with Greens

When I was younger, my aunt and uncle hosted a big New Year’s Day bash. My Uncle Dub made giant pots of jambalaya as well as smaller, separate pots of black-eyed peas and greens for guests to enjoy. I remember that I could eat my weight in my Uncle Dub’s jambalaya! Unfortunately, I couldn’t quite say the same for the black-eyed peas and greens. Wow! I was missing out because I LOVE them both now. I do remember though that we were required to eat at least a bite of each (black-eyed-peas and greens) for luck, prosperity, and good health.

hoppin john with greens

Fast forward many years and I finally realized what I was missing. As a nod to so many wonderful memories with my uncle (who is no longer here with us), I want to share my simple New Years Hoppin’ John with Greens recipe with you. Now you to can all of you can also have prosperity, health, and wealth in the new year!

Happy New Year!!

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Hoppin John with Greens from Holley Grainger

hoppin john with greens

Hoppin’ John with Greens

  • Author: Holley Grainger
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner, Entree


  • 2 tsp canola oil
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped ham
  • 1 cup chopped white onion
  • 1 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 16-ounce package frozen black-eyed peas
  • 4 cups fresh greens, trimmed and finely chopped (mustard, collard, or turnip)
  • cups unsalted chicken broth
  • 2 cups cooked basmati rice ((Cook rice according to package directions))
  • Hot sauce


  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Sauté ham, onion, bell pepper and jalapeño pepper over medium-high heat 5 to 7 minutes or until vegetables are soft. Stir in cayenne pepper and sauté 1 minute. Stir in black-eyed peas, greens, and broth. Reduce heat to medium, cover, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 20 minute or until peas are tender. Serve over rice and stir all ingredients together then top with hot sauce, if desired.