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Apple Cider Hoppin John

Hoppin John is even tastier when you use apple cider as the cooking liquid. Get this delicious Southern Hoppin John recipe for good luck all year!

Hoppin john collard greens and black eyed peas in a blue dish on a cream colored cloth

Apple Cider Hoppin John Recipe

Running out of an ingredient can be the best thing that ever happened. It happened to me this week. I had two big bags of greens in the refrigerator, waiting to be cooked. I had neither broth nor any ingredients to make broth on hand, and I didn’t want to cook the greens in plain old water.

I racked my brain for substitutions. Finally, a rummage in the refrigerator produced a long lost can of hard apple cider. Success! I popped the top of the can and smelled the cider. Perfect. I fired up the stove and, when it came time, added a 50/50 mixture of cider and water to the greens.  You can also use nonalcoholic cider if you prefer.

I didn’t know if it would work, but I had a good feeling. Turns out I was right.  Apple cider makes one delicious mess of greens, and black-eyed peas have a magical effect.  They thicken the pot liquor (or “pot likker“) as well as adding heartiness to the meal.  I feel like I’m starting off the new year with especially good fortune.

Good fortune can be yours, too. You can use any favorite fresh greens for this recipe: collard, mustard, or mixed. Cook up a little Carolina Gold rice to go with it, or maybe a pan of cheddar biscuits. If you have leftover smoked ham or turkey, that goes well, too. You might need to adjust the seasonings, though, since ham and turkey can be salty.

If you like this recipe for Hoppin John, be sure to try Braised Fall Greens with Apples and classic Southern Collard Greens.

Hoppin John collard greens and black eyed peas in a blue dish
5 from 7 votes

Apple Cider Hoppin John

Hoppin John is even tastier when you use apple cider as the cooking liquid. Get this delicious Southern Hoppin John recipe for good luck all year!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, American Southern
Keyword black-eyed peas, collard greens, greens, new year, soul food, southern
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 224 kcal
Author Katie Moseman


  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 16 ounces fresh collard greens
  • 3/4 cup hard apple cider or nonalcoholic apple cider
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 16 ounce can of black-eyed peas
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Heat a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the butter and swirl to coat the bottom of the pan.
  2. When the butter is bubbling hot, add the collard greens. Stir to vigorously to coat the greens in butter. Fry until the collards are wilted, dark green, and less than half their original volume (about 5 minutes).

  3. Add the cider and the water. Stir. Return to a boil, cover, and lower the heat to simmer. Cook for 30 minutes, then stir. Re-cover the pot and cook for 30 more minutes.
  4. Drain and thoroughly rinse the black-eyed peas until they are very clean and no longer producing bubbles when rinsed. Add the black-eyed peas to the pot and stir. Add the sugar and the salt and stir again.
  5. Raise the heat to bring the liquid in the pot back to a boil. Boil and stir occasionally for 5 minutes, until the liquid thickens slightly.
  6. Remove the pot from the heat and leave the lid off. Let cool for 5 minutes before serving. Include some liquid from the pot with each serving.
Nutrition Facts
Apple Cider Hoppin John
Amount Per Serving
Calories 224 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 15mg5%
Sodium 173mg8%
Potassium 562mg16%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Fiber 11g46%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 5881IU118%
Vitamin C 41mg50%
Calcium 290mg29%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Recipe Rating

Alimentos Cocidos

Wednesday 5th of February 2020

I love the vegetables, best regards!

Mama Maggie's Kitchen

Saturday 18th of January 2020

This Apple Cider Hoppin John looks really delicious and oh so yummy. I wish I could have this right now. Thanks for sharing.


Friday 17th of January 2020

I have never had one of these before. It does sound very good. I will have to make them this weekend.

Lizzie Lau

Friday 17th of January 2020

I haven't had this dish in years! This recipe brought back so many great memories of my former mother in law who was from Atlanta.


Friday 17th of January 2020

This looks really good. I've never had anything like it before. I'm interested in seeing how it tastes.