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Southern Living’s Hoppin’ John Parfaits Recipe

I’m really excited today to announce yet another giveaway of a Southern Living cookbook. Somehow this is the third one that I’m giving away in recent memory. I hope you don’t mind! 😉 I have to say, though, this one is – by far – my favorite of the bunch. It’s called “Slim Down South,” and it contains some great recipes for healthy Southern eating.

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Okay, okay – before you stop reading because you just can’t believe it’s possible, stick with me. Trust me here, this book is good. Like REALLY good. Not only does it have tons of recipes and loads of lovely pictures, it also includes a whole chapter on the philosophy of Southern eating plus a two-week meal plan to get you started on a healthier way of life. I figured with the new year being here and everything that this book would be the perfect giveaway to start the year off with.

I actually received my copy of this book back in December and spent a whole evening reading the intro chapter and looking through every recipe. This is probably the most thoroughly I’ve looked over a giveaway cookbook because I’m really that interested in the content. The words from the author are inspiring and thought-provoking. The recipes are so delicious looking and overall, fairly simple to make.

Another thing I like about this cookbook is that it has interviews and perspectives from famous and well-know “Slim and Savvy Southerners.” These folks are chefs, cookbook authors, restaurateurs, dietitians and more. They offer up ideas on how to cook and eat Southern food in a healthier fashion. I really enjoyed getting perspectives from real people living life in the South. To me, it’s truly an inspiration when I can hear someone else talk about ideas and strategies for eating well.

While this book focuses on recipes for many different occasions – breakfast, lunch, dinner, parties, snacks, entertaining, and desserts, the best and most tantalizing recipes end up using summer-time produce. I am stoked to tackle it this summer. They’ve got loads of recipes for tomatoes, corn, avocados, and peaches. Rest assured, they do have seasonally appropriate recipes for fall and winter – they just don’t use much of those seasons’ vegetable bounty.

Hoppin' John Parfait

Speaking of winter seasonal veggies, I’d like to transition into talking about today’s recipe. It’s a Hoppin’ John Parfait, and it comes from this cookbook! The people at Southern Living were kind enough to allow me to publish a recipe for you here today. It was so tasty – I hope you like it, too!

Hoppin' John Parfait

What’s interesting to me right now is that at my local farmer’s market – Hollygrove Market & Farm – we are already getting tomatoes! Can you imagine? It’s true! We have bright, beautiful, large, tasty tomatoes. I can’t help but wonder if these are already in season or if these are hold-over plants from the summer. Either way, I imagine these are grown in hot houses or otherwise indoors because it’s rather cold out. I don’t know that tomatoes could do well outside this time of year, even here in South Louisiana.

Hoppin' John Parfait

Since New Year’s Day was just two days ago and black-eyed peas are a traditional dish on that day, I decided on the Hoppin’ John Parfait recipe to share with you. If you’ve still got some black-eyed peas left over from Wednesday, this the perfect use for them. If you don’t, you can use canned black-eyed peas as the recipe suggests below. Either way, this dish will be delicious. It’s a great appetizer as is or if you’d prefer, you can just build the dish in a bowl and make a larger portion for yourself. It’s whatever you’d prefer!

Hoppin' John Parfait

I love black-eyed peas very much. They’re a nutritional powerhouse and make a great protein source for those limiting meat consumption. In this particular recipe, I love how the onion, jalapeño and beans come together to form a delicious combination. I actually used the fresh black eyed peas that I was cooking on Wednesday in this particular batch of beans so you can see the ham hock in my beans in the picture above. Yum, ham hocks are definitely the way to go when cooking beans.

Hoppin' John Parfait

This Hoppin’ John Parfait is just one fine example of the type and quality of recipes contained in this book. For a chance to win your own copy, check out the contest widget below. My giveaway will be live from now until Friday 1/10/14 at 12:00am. If you’d like to just go ahead and buy a copy, you can also do that here. Good luck! And happy new year! 🙂

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Yield: 12 servings

Hoppin John Parfaits

Southerners traditionally eat Hoppin’ John on New Year’s Day to bring a year filled with good luck, or anytime they want a hearty meal. This miniature version can be made ahead and stored in the fridge for a quick snack.


  • 1 cup uncooked basmati rice
  • 3 bacon slices
  • 1 cup chopped sweet onion
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
  • 2-15.8 ounce cans black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 large tomato, finely chopped
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 celery rib, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup (2 oz.) shredded pepper Jack cheese


  1. Prepare rice according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, 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 jalapeno 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. Evenly layer black-eyed pea mixture, hot cooked rice, and tomato mixture in 12 (7-oz.) glasses. Top with cheese and crumbled bacon.

Recipe from Southern Living’s “The Slim Down South Cookbook” - reprinted with permission from the publisher.

Prep:30 min

Total:30 min

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Disclosure: Southern Living provided me with a review copy of this book, and they are also fulfilling the giveaway copy of this book, too. All opinions expressed here are sincere and my own. This post also contains an affiliate link.

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