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Hoppin’ John

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Description

The pared-down, most basic version of this traditional New Year’s Day dish. Add to it as your soul leads you!

Ingredients

  • 4 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1 whole Large Onion, Diced
  • 4 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 1 whole Green Bell Pepper, Diced
  • 2 stalks Celery, Diced
  • 4 cups Soaked Black-eyed Peas
  • 5 cups Low-sodium (or No-sodium) Chicken Broth
  • 1 whole Ham Hock
  • Salt And Pepper, to taste
  • Cayenne Pepper To Taste
  • 2 Tablespoons White Vinegar
  • White Or Brown Rice, For Serving

Preparation

(Soak black-eyed peas in cool water for at least 6 hours. Rinse before using.)

Heat butter in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add onion, garlic, green pepper, and celery and stir. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in soaked beans, then add chicken broth, ham hock, salt & pepper, and cayenne to taste. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and cover the pot for 30 minutes.

After 30 minutes, check the liquid level; if it’s too soupy, cook with the lid off for another 15 minutes or so. If it’s too thick, splash in a little more broth.

Stir in vinegar, then taste for seasonings. Add more spice if needed.

Serve over white or brown rice, making sure to get plenty of the cooking liquid spooned over the top. Or, you may mix the bean mixture with the rice before serving.

Variations: add red bell pepper, canned diced tomatoes, diced jalapenos, diced ham (instead of ham hocks), or sliced bacon (instead of ham hocks). Stir in torn-up kale when 5 minutes of cooking time remain.

Variation: use canned, drained black-eyed peas if preferred. Just use diced ham instead of ham hock and a little less broth, as peas won’t need to cook as long.

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Melanie on 1.1.2014

I just made this and it was wonderful. I used smoked beef sausage and sautéed it with the veggies. Even my husband liked it and he hates everything.

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Mrs. Farnsworth on 1.2.2013

Absolutely divine. I could slurp the liquid soupy part all day long. I used the fresh black-eyed peas as well, and vegetarian broth and bacon instead of a ham hock. Even my kiddos didn’t mind choking it down for ‘Good luck’ lol

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Kyra on 1.2.2012

Made this yesterday with canned black eyed peas with bacon instead of ham & loved it! I also took your suggestion and added in red pepper as well. Yum!

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zina on 1.2.2012

The flavor is outstanding and we really enjoyed this recipe. I never liked black-eyed peas, but the promise of luck and prosperity for the New Year gave me the inspiration to give them another try and as luck my have it, Ree posted this great recipe. Thank you!

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household6 on 1.1.2012

Excellent! The most flavorful black eyed peas I’ve had! I used smoked sausage in place of the ham and after cooking up the veggies I cooked it in the crock pot for 8 hours.

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