Betty's Hopping John Cakes -- New Year's Day

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Jan. 03, 2016

Betty demonstrates how to make Hopping John Cakes for New Year's Day. Hopping John is a traditional Southern dish that is served on New Year's Day to bring good luck all year long! This version is in the form of patties that can be fried in oil or baked in the oven.


Beef broth 2 Cup (32 tbs)
Long grain white rice 1 Cup (16 tbs)
Extra virgin olive oil 1 Tablespoon
Butter 1 Tablespoon
Chopped celery 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)
Chopped red bell pepper 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)
Chopped onion 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)
Frozen chopped broccoli 10 Ounce (prepared according to package directions)
Black eyed peas
Egg 1 , beaten
Panko breadcrumbs 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)
Salt and pepper To Taste
Panko breadcrumbs 2 Cup (32 tbs) (for coating)
Peanut oil 1 Cup (16 tbs) (enough to cover the bottom of a large skillet)



Combine beef broth and rice in a medium-sized saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. 

Cover, reduce heat to low, and cook until liquid is absorbed, about 14 minutes. Set aside. 

Cook chopped broccoli according to package directions. Drain and set aside. 

In a skillet, heat olive oil and butter. Add celery, red bell pepper, and onion. Saute until vegetables are softened. Set aside. 

Drain and rinse black-eyed peas. Reserve 1/2 cup black-eyed peas. 

Pulse remaining black-eyed peas with cooked rice and cooked broccoli in food processor until coarsely chopped. 

Stir in reserved peas, sauteed vegetables, egg, and 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs. Salt and pepper to taste. 

Use a 2-tablespoon ice cream scoop to dip out equal amounts of mixture to form into patties. 

Flatten the patties slightly, then roll them in 2 cups of panko bread crumbs in a shallow dish. 

Pour peanut oil into a large skillet (enough to cover the bottom). Heat peanut oil to 350 degrees. 

Place Hopping John cakes in hot oil and brown on both sides, turning once. Drain on paper toweling. 


Transfer to a nice serving platter and serve immediately. 


Instead of frying, these patties may be baked in a 375 degree oven in a Pyrex dish that has been sprayed with cooking oil spray, about 15 minutes.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Easy

Nutrition Facts

Serving size Complete recipe

Calories 6687Calories from Fat 2493

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 281 g432.3%

Saturated Fat 53 g265%

Trans Fat 0 g


Sodium 3068 mg127.83%

Total Carbohydrates 796 g265.3%

Dietary Fiber 109 g436%

Sugars 13 g

Protein 262 g524%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet