Hoppin’ John

A mainstay for online recipes for several years has risen to such popularity that she now adorns the front page of various publications you’ll see while in the check-out line of the supermarket – Ree Drummond “The Pioneer Woman.” This is her “lazy version” of the southern New Year tradition, Hoppin’ John.

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Hoppin' John

  • Servings: 10
  • Difficulty: easy
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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

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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

  5. 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.

Source: Source: Hoppin’ John | The Pioneer Woman.

Happy New Year!

Steve D.

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