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Quick Hoppin’ John with Kale

How quick is this Hoppin’ John recipe? Let’s put it this way: We just got off a cross-country flight last night, we’re tired to the bone, and yet making this dish is still the most low-key thing we’re going to do today.

Of course, a traditional slow-cooked Hoppin’ John – a New Year’s black-eyed pea dish – is always delicious. But if you don’t have the time or energy to do much cooking, we’ve got a great easy version for you. Here, without apology, is the tastiest shortcut we know:

Quick Hoppin’ John with Kale

Quick Hoppin' John with Kale

A shortcut version of the traditional classic black-eyed pea dish.

Course Appetizer/Main Course, Main Course, Main Dish/Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword black-eyed peas, ham, hoppin' john, kale
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8


  • 2 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 ham bone (optional)
  • 1 large bunch kale, shredded
  • 2 11-ounce boxes ready-to-eat black-eyed peas (We used Melissa's)


  1. In a large stockpot, bring the chicken stock to a boil (along with the ham bone, if you are using one - we had a small one on hand). Add the shredded kale, and stir until the stock comes back to a boil. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes.

  2. Add the black-eyed peas, return the mixture to a boil, and then simmer for another 30 minutes. Remove the ham bone before serving. Serve hot, with brown rice.

What’s the secret to this shortcut? Our friends at Melissa’s offer a nice pack of steamed black-eyed peas that are ready to cook. You should be able to find them in the produce section of a well-stocked grocery store. If you don’t see this version, you may also try canned black-eyed peas.

We like to serve this over brown rice for a complete meal. But it can totally stand on its own. Or, if you have time to prepare other courses as well, it can make a great side dish to accompany barbecue or other meats.

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Quick Hoppin' John with Kale

P.S. If you’re looking for another quick and easy dish to cook for the new year, try this Kick-in-the-Pants Gai Lan Quinoa Bowl.

Blogger disclosure: Melissa’s gave us steamed black eyed peas to sample. We did not receive compensation for this post. All opinions expressed are our own.

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4 Responses to Quick Hoppin’ John with Kale

  1. Sara January 1, 2013 at 3:24 pm #

    Looks delicious, and anything quick and simple is my kind of cooking. Happy New Year to you and the family, Jeanne.

    • Jeanne January 1, 2013 at 3:34 pm #

      Thanks, Sara!

  2. Cut `n Clean Greens January 2, 2013 at 6:45 am #

    It doesn’t get easier! This is great, and who says we can’t have Hoppin’ John several days in a row. We all need all the good luck we can get!

    We’re going to feature this on our Facebook page and link here so people can see how you made it, and your lovely photography.

    Happy New Year!

    –Your friendly Southern California farmers at Cut `n Clean Greens

    • Jeanne January 2, 2013 at 7:27 am #

      Thanks, Cut ‘n Clean! Love that kale!

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