I was born and raised in Louisiana Cajun cooking country, and my husband is a “cracker” from north Florida transplanted to Cajun country, and neither of us had ever heard of Hoppin John when a subscriber of our Cajun recipes emailed us and asked us to make it and publish it on our Cajun Cooking blog.
So, not wanting to disappoint a loyal reader, I went to Google to see just what in the world Hoppin’ John was.
Black eyed peas is what I found out, laugh out loud.
We call Hoppin’ John black-eyed peas around here, and sure I know how to cook black-eyed peas!
We’ve since asked around, and found that plenty of our friends and relatives knew what Hoppin’ John was, they just didn’t call it that.
Hoppin’ John is more of a “low country” of South Carolina and Georgia southern food term than a Cajun recipe term.
Anyway, I may be prejudiced, but I do think we make Hoppin” John, or black eyed peas, whichever you prefer to call it, pretty darn good.
So, here’s our Hoppin’ John recipe, hope you enjoy it.
Hoppin John Ingredients
1 lb package dry or frozen Black Eye Peas
Seasoning meat like ham, thick bacon or sausage – cooked
1 medium diced onion (1 cup)
1 bell pepper (1 cup)
3 stalks diced celery
1 jalapeno (diced & no seeds)
1 can Rotel Tomatoes
1 t Cajun seasoning
1/2 t ground Thyme
1/2 t ground cumin
4-6 cups stock (vegetable or chicken)
Chopped green onions for garnish
2 T canola oil
2 cups cooked long grain white rice (1 cup rice, 2 cups water, 20 mins on low heat)
Putting it all together…
The night before cooking Hoppin John, soak the dry Black Eye Peas in a bowl of water.
Cover and set aside until you are ready to cook.
Then drain the peas in a colander.
Prepare all of your ingredients – chopping, dicing and measuring.
In a 6 quart pot, heat the 2 tablespoons of canola oil on medium high heat (#6).
Saute the onion, bell pepper, garlic and celery.
Add the 4-6 cups vegetable or chicken stock.
Add the Rotel tomatoes, seasonings, jalapeno, black eye peas, and cut up seasoning meat.
(We slowly cooked 3 links of sausage on the grill the night before. You can also saute in a skillet.)
Make sure the mixture is covered with water.
Add water if needed.
Bring to a boil.
Cover and lower the heat to medium low (#3).
Simmer for 1 1/2 hours stirring occasionally.
In the last 1/2 hour, cook the rice according to package directions.
About ready to serve – spoon out a couple spoonfuls of black eye peas in a bowl.
Smash with a fork. (This will act as a thickener for the Black Eye Peas gravy.)
Pour back in the pot and stir.
Spoon out some rice in a deep bowl.
Ladle on the Hoppin John and ENJOY!
This is a great dish for New Years Day or anytime of year.
What a great comfort food.
Also see our recipe for Turnip Greens that we cooked the same night.
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