Hoppin' John
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Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Southern United States
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Serves: 4
 
Hoppin' John is a southern New Year's Tradition that is good all year long. It is a flavorful tomato based bean stew full of flavor. Serve over a bed of rice. Cook's Note: To make this recipe vegan, eliminate the bacon, and begin the dish in olive oil. Adding smoked salt in place of the regular will provide the smoky flavor lost with the bacon.
Ingredients
  • 2 sliced bacon, chopped
  • ½ medium onion, chopped
  • 1 stalk of celery, chopped
  • ½ medium bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 (15.5 ounce) can black eyed peas
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ⅛ teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can of diced tomatoes
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • A few dashes of Louisiana Hot Sauce, to taste
  • 2 cups cooked rice for serving
  • Sliced green onions for serving.
Instructions
  1. First put rice on to cook.
  2. In a separate 2-3 quart pan with a lid, fry bacon.
  3. Once bacon is cooked, remove from pan and set aside.
  4. Add chopped onion, garlic, and bell pepper to the pan and saute for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Add celery, and continue to saute.
  6. Add the beans, tomatoes, hot sauce, salt, pepper, and thyme, and stir until well combined.
  7. Add bay leaf, and ensure that it is submerged in the mixture.
  8. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes to allow the flavors to develop.
  9. Serve atop a mound of cooked rice, sprinkled with sliced green onions for garnish.
Recipe by Patty Cake's Pantry at http://www.pattycakespantry.com/cooking/hoppin-john/