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Traditional Hoppin John

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Hoppin John is a southern dish from the South Carolina/Georgia region that is merely a deadly combination of Black Eyed Peas and rice. See the video below and enjoy the beans, rice and other veggies in just one dish!!
  Black eye peas 1 Pound
  Canola oil 2 Tablespoon
  Onion 1 Cup (16 tbs), diced
  Bell pepper 1 Cup (16 tbs), diced
  Garlic 1 Teaspoon
  Celery 2 Cup (32 tbs), diced
  Vegetable stock 6 Cup (96 tbs)
  Rotel tomatoes 1 Can (10 oz)
  Jalapeno 1 Medium, deseeded and diced
  Bay leaf 1
  Ground thyme 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Ground cumin 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Cajun seasoning 1 Teaspoon
  Sausage 2 , cooked (Any variety)
  Long grain white rice 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Green onions 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), chopped

1. 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.
2. Next day drain the peas in a colander.
3. Slowly cooked some sausages on the grill the night before.

4. In a 6 quart pot, heat the canola oil on medium-high heat.
5. Saute the onion, bell pepper, garlic and celery for a few minutes so that the vegetables are wilted.
6. Add the vegetable stock and stir for a while.
7. Next add the Rotel tomatoes, seasonings, jalapeno, black eye peas and the sliced up sausages.
Make sure the mixture is covered with water.
8. Bring to a boil. Cover and lower the heat to medium-low. Simmer for 1 1/2 hours stirring occassionally.
9. Meanwhile, cook the rice according to package directions.
10. Spoon out a couple spoonfuls of black eye peas in a bowl and smash with a fork. This will act as a thickener for the Black Eye Peas gravy.
11. Pour back in the pot and stir and let it simmer for some more time till it thickens.

12. Spoon out some rice in a deep bowl. Ladle on the Hoppin John and garnish with some chopped green onions.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Preparation Time: 
20 Minutes
Cook Time: 
110 Minutes
Ready In: 
130 Minutes
Looking to make a traditional favorite this New Year? Go fro hoppin john — a unique Southern dish that combines rice and black-eyed peas together to create an exotic burst of flavor and texture. Healthy, nutritious, and tasty, this dish barely takes any arduous effort and makes for a great comfort food anyday.

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 649 Calories from Fat 116

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 13 g20.1%

Saturated Fat 2.9 g14.4%

Trans Fat 0.1 g

Cholesterol 15.8 mg5.3%

Sodium 942.7 mg39.3%

Total Carbohydrates 106 g35.2%

Dietary Fiber 12.9 g51.6%

Sugars 4.6 g

Protein 27 g53.5%

Vitamin A 16.5% Vitamin C 51%

Calcium 13.5% Iron 51.7%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

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Traditional Hoppin John Recipe Video