One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in the southern US and Caribbean) a stew of rice with black-eyed peas, often also containing bacon and red peppers.
- ‘I am going to serve roast pork and sauerkraut, hopping john, corn bread, and spinach in order to cover everything!’
- ‘Some Americans, particularly in the South, eat hopping john, a dish made with black-eyed peas, to bring good luck in the New Year.’
- ‘Here's a hopping john recipe and information on the origin of black eyed peas.’
- ‘The hopping john from New Year's Eve lurking in the usually cold but now balmy back room makes itself known.’
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