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Newfangled Hoppin’ John

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Newfangled Hoppin’ John
This adaptation of Hoppin’ John makes a bit of a departure from the traditional recipe. It can be made with turkey bacon, or as a vegan Hoppin’ John with tempeh bacon, but either way it’s very tasty. Brown rice, black-eyed peas, vegetables and a touch of spice make this an excellent and simple supper dish. Add green veggies and a salad for a complete meal.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups black eyed peas, soaked for 6 hours and drained (or 2 cans of black eyed peas, drained and rinsed)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 pinch of hot pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 ounces turkey or tempeh bacon, chopped into ½” pieces
  • 1 medium onion, chopped fine
  • 1 rib celery, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped fine
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme leaves or 2 teaspoons fresh
  • 2 ½ cups cooked long grain brown rice
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper

Preparation:

If preparing dry beans, cover the black eyed peas with water and add bay leaf, hot pepper and a pinch of salt. Simmer 30-40 minutes, or until tender.

Drain peas, reserving ½ cup of the cooking liquid and discard bay leaf. If using canned peas, proceed with the recipe starting with this next step.

Heat olive oil in a skillet and brown the bacon until crisp. Lift the bacon onto a plate and set aside.

Add onions, celery, garlic and thyme to the pan, and cook 5 minutes, or until the onions are tender. Add the peas and ½ cup of cooking liquid (or 1/2 cup water and a the pinch of hot pepper if using canned beans) to the pan, along with salt and pepper to taste, and simmer 5 minutes.

Add the cooked rice and bacon to the peas, toss well and heat through.

Serves 4-6

Copyright 2009 by Jen Hoy

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