Skillet Hoppin’ John Recipe

Hoppin’ John is a traditional New Year’s day southern dish that screams comfort food. Warning: There’s pork bacon/ham in this dish. You can substitute it with smoked turkey or J&D’s low sodium bacon seasoning salt. Note: The recipe below is a slightly healthier version of traditional Hoppin’ John. Check out the recipe below from Runner’s World magazine author Mark Bittman.

Skillet Hoppin' John by Runner's World magazine

Skillet Hoppin’ John by Runner’s World magazine

Here’s what you need…

2 tablespoons olive oil
4oz slab bacon or smoked ham cubed
2 onions chopped
2 bell peppers chopped
1 tablespoon minced garlic (about 2 cloves)
1 tablespoon rosemary or thyme or 1 teaspoon dried
2 cups cooked brown rice
2 cups cooked or canned but drained black eyed peas (reserve the liquid)
chopped fresh parsley for garnish


Put the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. A minute later add the bacon and cook, stirring occasionally Amazon Image

until the bits are crispy and brown (5-10 minutes). Poor off all but 2 tablespoons of the fat, and lower the heat to medium. (If you’re using smoked ham, which is very lean, you won’t need to poor off any fat.). Add the onions, peppers, and garlic to the skillet and cook, stirring occasionally until soft and brown (5-10 minutes). Add the rosemary and sprinkling of salt and pepper. Begin to add the rice, a bit at a time, breaking up any clumps, and stirring into the oil. When all of the rice has been added, and is glossy, add the peas with half of their liquid. Cook and stir until heated through (1-2 minutes). Taste and adjust the seasoning. Serve, garnished with parsley. Serves 4.

Calories per serving: 407 calories, 45g carbohydrate, 7g fiber, 13g protein, 20g fat (note: this is a healthier version of traditional Hoppin’ John)