Some traditional New Year’s Day dishes include either plain black eyed peas (prepared in various ways) or something called Hoppin’ John, which in modern renditions tends to contain black eyed peas for most. Many recipes are considered very down-home and country and include things like ham or turkey, but keep in mind your vegetarian friends and family as there are plenty of substitutes to be found.
They say eating black eyed peas on New Year’s is supposed to usher in good luck for the coming year, but you can start your year off right by watching your pocket book and not going overboard with the costs of your food and drink (on both New Year’s Eve and Day). Check out some of these main ingredients to Hoppin’ John as well as some links to varying recipes for the dish and try it out for yourself.
Found online also, reports Josh McAuliffe with The Times-Tribune, is Clara Stubbs’ onion pie recipe, if you’re interested in trying something a little new or different.
Costs for the New Year’s festivities may be a factor in your selections, as considered by Kurt Michael Friese at The Huffington Post– he recommends a certain Portuguese wine instead of his favorite Champagne, which by comparison is about 300 times more expensive. Another good tip for the wallet and the brain, and your safety this New Year’s, is to pass on the alcohol altogether.
Get out your tablespoons and start measuring, because some of the ingredients you’ll be using to make Hoppin’ John (other than black eyed peas or red field peas) include olive oil (like in Emeril Lagasse’s recipe over at Food Network), garlic (chopped or not), thyme, and lots of other standards for the dish.
We wish you a Happy and safe New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, and well… an overall great new year for 2011. Let us know if you found the perfect recipe for you and how it went. Watch your budget and try to be smart and responsible on a potentially dangerous and sometimes expensive holiday. Get in the kitchen, get out your utensils, and start measuring and cooking. Resolve to start this new year with added generosity, compassion, and kindness, and you are sure to receive some good karma in return.
Josh McAuliffe, Local Flavor: Mike Remish’s Hoppin’ John, The Times-Tribune
Kurt Michael Friese, Ordering Wine on New Year’s Eve (Plus a Great Hoppin’ John Recipe!), The Huffington Post
Emeril Lagasse, Hoppin’ John Recipe, Food Network