Folklore has it that whatever you are doing on the first day of the year determines how the year goes.
In the South almost everyone I know serves some version of blackeyed peas today.
The idea being that having the swelling of the beans and often rice represents the swelling
of riches throughout the year.
I think there may be as many recipes for Hoppin' John as there are southern states.
My recipe is slightly different, but I use the basic concept of this Emeril recipe.
Of course, I have to change a few things.
1. I start my beans early in the morning in the crockpot and later divide them into two because daughter won't touch Hoppin' John.
2. I add onion, garlic, celery, bell pepper and carrots. I add carrots because I like the color.
3. I used ham broth/juice from the Christmas ham (about a pint) in place of the ham hock.
Less fat, but still a great flavor.
4. Instead of chicken broth I used low sodium beef broth....part of a container and then the rest to go in the rice.
5. I cook brown rice separately (again for daughter).
6. I also like to eat mine soupy, because the broth is the best part.