Hoppin’ John is one way to incorporate black-eyed peas into a New Year’s Day dish. The legume is believed to bring luck and prosperity in each new year. While typically associated with southern tradition, the lucky legumes are also consumed at Rosh Hashana as part of Jewish New Year celebrations.
Emeril Lagasse offers a southern take on the bean with a recipe for Hoppin’ John. Emeril suggests soaking the black-eyed peas overnight, so you may want to get moving on this recipe now. You’ll also need a large ham hock, along with various ingredients you likely already have in the pantry.
If you’re eating kosher and still want to enjoy the promise of prosperity, the New York Times has you covered with a recipe for Couscous With Black-Eyed Peas and Greens. You won’t need any exotic ingredients with this dish, as long as your spice cabinet is well-stocked.