Hoppin' John on a white plate on a wooden table

Hoppin' John with Kale

Eating black-eyed peas on New Year's Day is a Southern tradition. This Hoppin' John recipe is a delicious way to enjoy their tasty, lucky goodness this year.
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American, Southern
Keyword: Holiday, New Years
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 814kcal
Cost: $15




  • In a wok or large cast iron skillet, sautée the pork on medium low until crispy and brown on the edges. It will release a lot of fat and water in the process. Let the water cook off.
  • Remove pork and set aside, leaving the fat.
  • Add chopped onions to the pork fat and cook until clear.
  • Add cooked black eyed peas with their liquid and garlic, then sautée 2-3 minutes more.
  • Add chopped kale and thyme, and sautée until fully cooked down, about 5-6 minutes.
  • Return crispy salt pork to the mixture and cook 2 more minutes.
  • Season with salt, pepper and hot sauce (if using) and serve.


It is much easier to dice salt pork or pork belly when it is partially frozen. Be sure to use a very sharp knife.


Calories: 814kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 2302mg | Potassium: 615mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 3289IU | Vitamin C: 43mg | Calcium: 107mg | Iron: 5mg
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