This is a Southern classic done California style. Hoppin’ John actually has a rich history, which one legend says started in 1841 when a crippled black man known as Hoppin’ John sold the dish on the streets of Charleston. The dish has African/French/Caribbean roots and eating it on New Year’s Day is supposed to bring a prosperous year filled with good luck.
The Hoppin’ John ingredients symbolize different things. For instance, the tomatoes will help to bring good health while the peas symbolize coins. The greens are supposed to add wealth to the new year. And when eaten with cornbread, which is the Southern tradition, this is supposed to further symbolize wealth.