When you need to feed a large group in a pinch, Hoppin’ John black eyed peas is an ideal go-to recipe. It’s budget-friendly and the final product is delicious and impressive!
Keep the presentation sharp and the taste pure by only cooking with the best peas. Before cooking, just pour the peas onto a rimmed baking sheet and pick out any bad beans or stones. It’s a simple step that will make a big difference.
Getting the perfect, creamy broth is easy. Just stir frequently to break down the starch in the peas and thicken the stew’s consistency. Serving over steamed white rice tones down the spice and brings out the flavor!
Serve these beans alone or accompany a big bowl of them with some perfect roast beef. Yum!
Hoppin’ John Black Eyed Peas Recipe
- 1 lb black eyed peas, dry
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 medium yellow onion, chopped
- 3 celery stalks, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp fresh thyme leaves, or ½ tsp dried thyme leaves
- 8 cups low-sodium chicken broth
- 1 large smoked ham hock
- kosher salt and black pepper, to taste
- 3 cups white rice, steamed
- green onion, chopped, for garnish
- Pour the black eyed peas onto a rimmed baking sheet and shake to distribute them into a single layer. Search through and discard any bad peas or stones. Transfer to a strainer, rinse with cool water and set aside.
- Place a large soup pot over medium heat and warm the olive oil until shimmering. Then add the onion and celery and cook for about 3 minutes until the onions and celery soften a bit.
- Next,add garlic and stir in the bay leaves, chili powder and thyme leaves and allow the spices to toast for about 1 minute.
- Pour in the chicken broth then add the ham hock and give it a stir. Bring it to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Allow stock to simmer for 30 minutes.
- After simmering, stir in the black eyed peas and return to a boil, then reduce heat again to low and simmer, stirring frequently, for about 1–1 ½ hours or until the black eyed peas are creamy and tender. Once the peas are tender, remove the ham hock from the pot and separate the meat from the bone. Cut away the fat and gristle, chop the meat and add back to the pot.
- Test the soup and season to taste with salt and fresh cracked pepper.
- Serve over steamed white rice and garnish with chopped green onions. Enjoy!
A Southern specialty, Hoppin’ John is traditionally eaten on New Year’s Day but you can enjoy this delicious dish anytime.