Hoppin’ John & Skippin’ Jenny Parfaits


Happy New Year!

Did you eat your black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day for good luck? Hoppin’ John is a Southern New Year’s Day recipe made with black-eyed peas and rice.


 On the day after New Year’s Day, leftover Hoppin’ John is known as Skippin’ Jenny and demonstrates your frugality, bringing a better chance of prosperity in the New Year.


Hoppin’ John Parfaits, along with Mini Chicken and Waffles, caught my attention in Southern Living in the holiday party starter section, where they turned classic Southern dishes into festive mini appetizers.


I made my parfaits even more mini in size for a fun, party-sized serving of good luck! My mini dessert glasses came from Bed, Bath & Beyond and are convenient to serve mini taco dips in too.

Hoppin’ John is traditionally made with white rice, I used Uncle Ben’s Whole Grain Medley Brown & Wild Rice.


Hoppin’ John aka next day Skippin’ Jenny Parfaits


1 cup uncooked basmati rice (I used a mix of brown & wild)

3 bacon slices

1 cup chopped sweet onion

1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced

2 (15.8-oz.) cans black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed

1 large tomato, finely chopped (I used grape tomatoes, quartered)

2 green onions, thinly sliced

1 celery rib, finely chopped

1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

1/4 cup olive oil

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

1 cup (4 oz.) shredded pepper Jack cheese (I omitted)



1. Prepare rice according to package directions.

2. Cook bacon in a medium skillet over medium-high heat 10 to 12 minutes or until crisp. Remove bacon, and drain on paper towels, reserving 1 Tbsp. drippings in skillet. Crumble bacon.

3. Sauté onion and jalapeño pepper in hot drippings 3 to 5 minutes or until lightly browned; stir in black-eyed peas and 1 cup water. Reduce heat to medium, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 5 to 7 minutes or until liquid has almost completely evaporated.

4. Stir together tomato and next 5 ingredients in a small bowl. Layer black-eyed pea mixture, hot cooked rice, and tomato mixture in 12 (7-oz.) glasses. Top with cheese and crumbled bacon.


You can find a printable recipe

from Southern Living, here.

Wishing you Prosperity in the New Year!

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  27 comments for “Hoppin’ John & Skippin’ Jenny Parfaits

  1. January 2, 2014 at 7:56 am

    Hi Mary, Everything looks so appealing in your little parfait glasses! I just got lost on your link to your mini taco dips. I’d never heard of the black eyed peas tradition until a few years ago and now I want to join in too! Happy New Year! Linda

  2. January 2, 2014 at 8:24 am

    They look so pretty Mary, love the great color the tomatoes add! Happy New Year:@)

  3. January 2, 2014 at 9:10 am

    darn cute names and adorable little glasses, thanks for the southern history lesson!

  4. franki
    January 2, 2014 at 9:15 am

    YUM! Hoppin John’s always make me smile…when I moved “to the South” forty plus years ago and neighbor’s invited us for New Year’s dinner…I thought it was called “Jumpin Jacks.” We still call it that. :) franki

  5. January 2, 2014 at 10:00 am

    No, we don’t eat black eyed peas in NY. Some people eat creamed herring, not me! We always had fresh ham on Jan 1. All these traditions seem to have faded.
    Blizzard on the way! Happy 2014.

  6. January 2, 2014 at 10:17 am

    The Hoppin’ John and Skippin’ Jenny look wonderful, Mary! I did eat some black-eyed peas and hope it brings some better luck for 2014. Happy New Year, dear friend! xo

  7. paula
    January 2, 2014 at 10:20 am

    I need to get me some of those mini glasses !! Its interesting what traditions each region of the states have. Here in Indiana most have pork roast and cabbage for the New Years good luck, I rather just have BQ pork myself !!
    Looking forward to all your wonderful talents in 2014!!
    snowing like crazy !!!

  8. January 2, 2014 at 10:24 am

    Mary, the Skippin’ Jenny is a new term to me. Gotta add that to mental files for New Year’s. We make our black-eyed peas as a soup. Delicious and perfect party fare for New Year’s Day.
    Your mini parfaits are adorable and are a great idea for serving a group at a party. Beautiful too! I’m saving off the recipe. Thanks!
    Happy New Year!

  9. January 2, 2014 at 10:35 am

    Happy New Year!!!


  10. January 2, 2014 at 11:45 am

    Yum! I have a pretty good recipe for hoppin’ John, but its very spicy hot. I served the mini chicken and waffle party bites yesterday. BIG hit! My youngest wanted me to use the French Toast minis, but they were surprisingly good with the syrup!

    Happy New Year!

  11. January 2, 2014 at 11:59 am

    Yummy! So fun to learn all about the New Year food traditions of the South! Gotta try this recipe, it looks and sounds delicious. Happy New Year Mary!

  12. January 2, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    I really love this – perfect for a New Year’s Day brunch – I’ll pin it for next year! Love your blog and gorgeous photos!

  13. January 2, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    I wish I had known about this tradition, we NEED some prosperity this year (AKA, sell the darn house!!!!!!!!!!!). Maybe I can get a LITTLE prosperity if I make this soon:) It sounds delicious and so beautifully presented. I do have some mini dessert cups too!!!

  14. January 2, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    You always make everything look so attractive Mary. We always eat black-eyed peas on new years. Love the little parfait glasses. It’s funny, I have some very small ones somewhere, but I’ve never used them. Now you’ve inspired me.

  15. January 2, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    Well, another year gone by & I STILL haven’t ever even tasted black eyed peas! One of these days….
    You sure make them look pretty & appetizing too, in “our” same mini parfait glasses. Darling idea!

  16. January 2, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    I am banking on getting my luck this year through your hoppin john/skinny jenny parfaits, because I just can’t do the black eye pea thing! I always THINK about black eyed peas, so that’s gotta count for something! Your little minis are so inviting though, with the bright red tomato pieces, they do look good enough to eat! So fun and festive! Stay cozy~

  17. Dani
    January 2, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    I`m from Germany and didn`t know about that southern tradition ! It sounds just delicious- black eyed peas are on my shopping list – not in my CD player ….

  18. January 2, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    I have only learned of this tradition recently. I actually made blackeyed peas and was pretty happy with the results. No pic, but next year they are going on my blog. I understand that rice is the sticky part and greens are for $. I will be making a big helping of greens. I think the skipping jenny is a great idea.

    A+ for your presentation. :)

  19. January 2, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    Hoppin John never looked so good!!! Happy New Year Mary!…you have taken Hoppin John to the highest level !!!

  20. January 2, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    Where have I been on New Year’s before! I have seen so many black eyed peas and didn’t even realize that was a tradition. These are presented so beautifully! Hope you have a wonderful 2014!

  21. January 8, 2014 at 6:15 am

    Since we were traveling I didn’t get to have the traditional new year dishes. I love the added fresh tomatoes to the black eyed peas. I am pinning this. Such a lovely presentation in the parfait glasses.

  22. Kim
    December 29, 2014 at 8:35 am

    These hoppin’ recipes look so good! What a cute name for the Hoppin’ Jenny, too. ;-)

  23. December 29, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    I am saving this for future reference. I never heard of Skipping Jenny either, although I am Southern to the core. This year I am going to do Texas Caviar, which is like a dip or can be served on the side. Love me some Black Eyed Peas and cornbread!

  24. January 2, 2015 at 5:55 am

    Love this served in those parfait glasses. What a great way to serve it!


    Sheila :-)

  25. Dee
    December 28, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    Thanks again for sharing this great recipe !!!! maybe I can get my hubby to eat his black eye peas now with this recipe!!! Happy New Year!!!

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