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Ring in the New Year Southern Style

Vicki Shivers - Thursday, December 31, 2015

”Hoppin’ Tradition says that New Year’s Day supper will bring you good luck in the year to come! That being said, it’s important that you start the year off right! In the SC Lowcountry, we like to eat “Hoppin’ Johns”. This traditional dish is a combination of black-eyed peas and rice. The rice and beans are cooked slowly with bacon, fatback, or ham hock along with onion and salt. Some people in the South also like to add a few shrimp to the mix to make it especially yummy! Here’s a great recipe to get your year started off right!


Hoppin’ Johns


1 cup diced sweet onion

2 tablespoons bacon drippings

1 (8.5-oz.) package ready-to-serve jasmine rice

2 cups cooked and drained black-eyed peas

Salt and pepper to taste

½ to 1 pound shrimp (optional)



Sauté diced onion in bacon drippings in a large skillet over medium-high heat 5 minutes or until golden. If you’d like to add shrimp to the recipe, brown them for 5 minutes at this time with onion and bacon drippings. Stir in rice and black-eyed peas; cook, stirring gently, 5 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Add salt, pepper.

Happy New Year and all the best in 2016!