JONATHAN GOLD via the LA Times
“For some reason New Year’s Day at my house always means hoppin’ John, the starchy stew of black-eyed peas and rice that is the New Year’s dish across most of the South, as well as vast pots of collard greens, goose-fat red beans, and the seafood gumbo my friend Jervey makes at my stove.
New Year’s Day leans Southern. Hoppin’ John is the perfect dish for a lazy, gracious open house. It tastes good with either bourbon or Champagne.
The black-eyed peas, which resemble coins if you squint a little, are supposed to represent money in its abstract form. The collards represent folding green.”
Jonathan Gold at the LA Times is correct. Hoppin’ John dinner is a Southerner’s New Year’s Day tradition and a chance to use smoked meats for the last holiday of the season. Use our Collard Green Recipe for your 2015 good fortune, and enjoy spending the day with family reminiscing on the past year and looking ahead to the next!