Betty's Ham and Cheddar Hopping John -- New Year's Day

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Dec. 30, 2013

In this video, Betty demonstrates how to make Ham and Cheddar Hopping John for New Year's dinner. This is a Southern dish that is served on New Year's Day to bring good luck throughout the year!


Chicken broth 3 1/2 Cup (56 tbs)
Brown rice 1 3/4 Cup (28 tbs)
Extra virgin olive oil 1 Tablespoon
Chopped onion 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)
Canned black eyed peas 14 1/2 Ounce
Cooked ham 4 Ounce , diced into small pieces
Finely shredded cheddar cheese 1 Cup (16 tbs)



1. Preheat oven to 400 degree F.


2. In a medium pot bring chicken broth and brown rice to a boil. Cover with a lid, reduce heat to low, and cook for 45 minutes or until tender. Remove the pot from heat.

3. When rice is nearly done, in a deep skillet, heat oil and saute onion until clear.

4. Remove the skillet from flame and stir in black-eyed beans. Add as much of the cooked rice as desired (about 2/3 of it) and stir in diced ham.

5. Into a medium sized casserole dish, transfer the mixture and sprinkle cheddar cheese evenly over top.

6. Place casserole in oven at 400 degrees F, set to BROIL. Broil for about 5 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly.

7. Increase the oven heat to BROIL, keeping the BROIL setting for about ½ minute to brown the top.


8. Serve immediately with parsley garnish and enjoy!

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Medium
Cook Time: 60 Minutes
Ready In: 60 Minutes
Servings: 5

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 486Calories from Fat 143

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 16 g24.6%

Saturated Fat 6 g30%

Trans Fat 0 g


Sodium 833 mg34.71%

Total Carbohydrates 63 g21%

Dietary Fiber 4 g16%

Sugars 1 g

Protein 21 g42%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet