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Authentic Hoppin’ John Black Eye Peas for the New Year

A classic black-eyed peas recipe, sometimes called Carolina Peas and Rice, cooked with bacon, sausage, and veggies, and served over fluffy rice.

     

Black Eyed Peas are traditionally the bean used in this authentic dish which is what makes historians believe that slaves replanted this West African native bean in American soil. From there, the Hoppin’ John Recipe was born. The name’s origin is still a mystery. However, many believe that it is derived from the African slave children showing excitement to receive this dish for dinner. Others say it comes from a man known as “Hoppin’ John” that hobbled around the streets of Charleston and sold peas and rice to the locals.

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1.HOW LONG DOES AUTHENTIC HOPPIN JOHN RECIPE LAST?

Pack leftovers in a tightly sealed container. Then place in the refrigerator for up to a week.

2.CAN I USE A DIFFERENT LEGUME OTHER THAN BLACK-EYED PEAS?

Yes, you can easily substitute black-eyed peas for lima beans or navy beans.

3.CAN I STORE LEFTOVERS IN THE FREEZER?

Yes, make sure to store it in an airtight container and it can keep for up to 3 months in the freezer. Place in the fridge to thaw out overnight.

Ingredients

  • ¼ pound thick-cut bacon chopped (nitrate free)
  • 2 andouille sausage links turkey or chicken for healthier varieties halved and slice thin
  • 1 small sweet onion peeled and chopped
  • 2 celery stalks chopped
  • 1 bell pepper seeded and chopped (any color)
  • 1 jalapeno or serrano pepper seeded and diced
  • 2-3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 ½ – 2 pounds frozen black eyed peas or field peas
  • 32 ounce chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 tablespoon cajun seasoning
  • ½ cup chopped green onions
  • 2 cups long grain rice rinsed well (Jasmine or Brown Rice for a healthier variety)

Instructions

  • Set a medium sauce pot over high heat.
  • Add the rice and 3 ½ cups water. Cover and bring to a boil.
  • Then lower the heat and cook for 15-20 minutes, until light and fluffy. *See package instructions.
  • Set a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add the bacon. Cook and stir for 3 minutes, then add in the sliced sausage.
  • Brown until the sausage looks crispy around the edges. Stir regularly.
  • Push the bacon and sausage to the sides of the pan and add in the onions, celery, bell pepper, jalapeno, and garlic.
  • Sauté for 3-5 minutes to soften the vegetables.
  • Pour in the black eyed peas, chicken stock, thyme, and Cajun seasoning. Cover with a tight lid and simmer for 30-40 minutes, or until the black eyed peas are soft and tender.
  • (If the broth absorbs before the black eyed peas are soft, add a little water to finish them off.)
  • Taste, then season with salt and pepper if needed.
  • Serve warm over rice with a sprinkling of green onions, and hot sauce on the side.

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