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Hoppin John collard greens and black eyed peas in a blue dish

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.