Definition of hopping john in English:

hopping john

noun

  • [mass noun] (in the southern US and Caribbean) a stew of rice with black-eyed beans or peas, often also containing bacon and red peppers.

    • ‘Here's a hopping john recipe and information on the origin of black eyed peas.’
    • ‘Some Americans, particularly in the South, eat hopping john, a dish made with black-eyed peas, to bring good luck in the New Year.’
    • ‘I am going to serve roast pork and sauerkraut, hopping john, corn bread, and spinach in order to cover everything!’
    • ‘The hopping john from New Year's Eve lurking in the usually cold but now balmy back room makes itself known.’