How to Make Hoppin' John for New Years

Hoppin John is a traditional Southern dish, said to bring a prosperous year filled with luck. Make it vegan by eliminating the ham hock and adding 1 tbsp smoked paprika.

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How to Make Hoppin' John for New Years Recipe
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I like to chop everything up and sort it into bowls according to how it will be added later. It really cuts down on the panic snowball.

I like to chop everything up and sort it into bowls according to how it will be added later. It really cuts down on the panic snowball.

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Heat olive oil on medium high in a Dutch oven or large soup pot. Add the ham hock and sear on all sides, for 4ish minutes. Note: if you want to make it vegan, skip this step.

Heat olive oil on medium high in a Dutch oven or large soup pot. Add the ham hock and sear on all sides, for 4ish minutes. Note: if you want to make it vegan, skip this step.

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Add onion and cook until slightly translucent (also around 4 minutes). If you're veganizing it, add a tbsp of smoked paprika now.

Add onion and cook until slightly translucent (also around 4 minutes). If you're veganizing it, add a tbsp of smoked paprika now.

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Add celery, bell pepper, garlic, and jalapeños. Again, cook around 4 minutes, then add the oregano and and bay leaf and give it all a good stir.

Add celery, bell pepper, garlic, and jalapeños. Again, cook around 4 minutes, then add the oregano and and bay leaf and give it all a good stir.

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Usually Hoppin John is made with collards, but I like Dino kale, so add that in batches and cook until its bright Godzilla green and slightly wilted.

Usually Hoppin John is made with collards, but I like Dino kale, so add that in batches and cook until its bright Godzilla green and slightly wilted.

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It wilts down, don't worry!

It wilts down, don't worry!

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Yes.

Yes.

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Now add, uh, this much salt. It's around 1/2 a tsp. Also add black pepper to taste, and this much cayenne if you like it spicy.

Now add, uh, this much salt. It's around 1/2 a tsp. Also add black pepper to taste, and this much cayenne if you like it spicy.

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Rinse and drain the peas, if you're not into farting. But you can skip that and I won't judge you. Add the peas and veggie broth. Give everything a good stir and cover.

Rinse and drain the peas, if you're not into farting. But you can skip that and I won't judge you. Add the peas and veggie broth. Give everything a good stir and cover.

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Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer 5 min.    This is The Precious. Forget diamonds, Le Creuset is clearly my best friend.

Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer 5 min. This is The Precious. Forget diamonds, Le Creuset is clearly my best friend.

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After 5 minutes, pull out the ham hocks and leave the rest to simmer a bit longer. Ham hocks don't have much meat, so get what you can off and dice it. Discard the fatty skin.

After 5 minutes, pull out the ham hocks and leave the rest to simmer a bit longer. Ham hocks don't have much meat, so get what you can off and dice it. Discard the fatty skin.

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Add the ham back and give everything a good stir. I'm calling this done.

Add the ham back and give everything a good stir. I'm calling this done.

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Some people like to serve this over rice with hot sauce, but I don't feel like it today. It's plenty nommerific as it is.

Some people like to serve this over rice with hot sauce, but I don't feel like it today. It's plenty nommerific as it is.

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