Southern Hoppin' John Recipe
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Southern Hoppin' John Recipe

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This is a quick and easy side dish that will become a favorite of your family.—Anne Creech, Kinston, North Carolina
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1/2 pound sliced Jones Dairy Farm Dry-Aged Bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 small green or sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 6 green onions, sliced
  • 1 cup uncooked long-grain rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 343 calories, 15g fat (5g saturated fat), 25mg cholesterol, 448mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 3g fiber), 11g protein.


  1. In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Drain on paper towels; discard all but 2 tablespoons drippings. Saute pepper, celery and onions in drippings until almost tender. Add rice, water and seasonings. Cover and simmer 10 minutes. Add peas and bacon; simmer 10 minutes longer. Discard bay leaf. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Hopping John in Country Woman January/February 1992, p35

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ms11145 User ID: 1604521 259530
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2017

"I had forgotten all about this recipe until it came out in the Dec 2016 issue. I used to make this all of the time . This version has celery while the one I used to make does not. I did add the celery and made as written; except I made mine today meatless and I added 1.5 cups shredded cheese....just like I used to make. My family thinks cheese makes everything better and it does!"

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