Hoppin’ John


Hoppin' John

USDA Mixing Bowl
Enjoy this savory, Southern black-eyed pea and rice dish that is traditionally served on New Year's Day to ensure good luck and prosperity in the coming year!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Course Side Dish, Veggie Side-Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 160 kcal


  • 1/2 medium red or orange bell pepper
  • 1 medium jalapeno pepper
  • 1/2 cup instant brown rice
  • 3 ounces fully cooked smoked turkey sausage
  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • 1 bag (12-ounces) frozen black-eyed peas
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • Wash all vegetables.
  • Chop bell pepper. Remove seeds and finely chop jalapeno pepper.
  • Prepare rice using package directions.
  • Slice sausage into 1/4 inch pieces.
  • In a medium sized nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Cook sausage for 3 minutes or until richly browned, stirring frequently.
  • Stir in the bell pepper and jalapeno pepper and cook for 1 minute.
  • Add black-eyed peas, water and salt. Cook for 30 minutes or until the mixture is slightly thickened but some of the liquid remains. Remove from heat.
  • Stir in rice. Transfer to a serving bowl.


Smart Shopping Tips
  • Turkey sausage is a lean sausage produced from ground turkey that can be seasoned, smoked or grilled. It is sold in a variety of forms including bratwurst, salami and bologna.
  • Turkey sausage may be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks or frozen for up to 3 months.
  • Black-eyed peas are available dried, canned and frozen.
Cooking & Serving Tips:
  • When cooking with dried black-eyed peas, you may soak them overnight or use a quick soak method: beans are boiled for 2 minutes, then removed from heat and cooled for 1 hour before cooking.
  • Use any color of bell peppers. Chopped peppers can be frozen for later use in recipes.
  • Black-eyed peas pair well with cooked greens and ham, tossed into a salad, soup, casserole, or stew, or pureed and seasoned for a dip.
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