Hoppin’ John is my family’s New Years Day tradition. It has black eyed peas, serrano peppers, rice, tomatoes, mushrooms, and olives; all stewed to amazingness! Serve it on New Years Day for good luck with cornbread and green onions.
On the Stove top:
Some people like to shred the meat of the ham hock and add to the pot of beans, but it’s my personal preference not to use the meat and discard the entire ham hock after it’s added flavor to the beans.