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Hoppin' John Black Eyed Peas: New Year's Day recipe traditions for good luck

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Looking for good luck in 2014? If you can eat 365 black eyed peas with collard greens on New Year's Day, it just might make you rich. Try Emeril Lagasse's New Year's Day Hoppin' John recipe, or any of the following recipes for a delicious and lucky New Year!

New Year's Tradition

Since New Year's Eve is tonight, this Southern New Year's Day food tradition of eating Hoppin' John Black Eyed Peas promises it will not only bring good luck, you might also get rich if it's eaten with collard greens. So, you're not a believer? Some superstitious people even believe that eating Hoppin' John Black Eyed Peas at the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve will bring you the best luck of the year.

Looking for Luck in All the Right Places?

Not convinced yet? Need more good luck? "Leftover Hoppin' John becomes 'Skippin' Jenny,' the day after New Year's Day, and eating it demonstrates powerful frugality, bringing one even better chances of prosperity," reports the Austin Chronicle. "Eat poor on New Year's, and eat fat the rest of the year." It's the best advice going for good luck and prosperity.

What is Hoppin' John ?

Hoppin' John is a spicy bean dish made of black-eyed peas simmered with bacon, sausages or ham hocks, onions, spices and rice. Hoppin' John has also been called "poor man's caviar."

Best Hoppin' John Black Eyed Peas Recipes

Photo Credit: Bowl of Hoppin' John Black Eyed Peas for New Year's Day 2014. Wikimedia Commons. GNU Free Documentation License, Srjenkins.

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