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Authentic Hoppin’ John Recipe

Authentic Hoppin’ John Recipe: This Black Eyed Pea Recipe is packed with zesty southern flavor! Serve “Peas and Rice” as a main dish or side, to make any meal more comforting.

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Authentic Hoppin’ John Recipe

Love southern comfort food? You’ll be hoppin’ around the dinner table for this flavorful recipe!

Who doesn’t love a recipe that calls for bacon… And sausage?!

Your family will request this Authentic Hoppin’ John Recipe for dinner week after week. Packed with flavor from bacon and sausage, veggies, and jalapeno, these black-eyed peas are so much more than just a New Year’s Eve recipe.

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Easy Hoppin’ John

Hoppin’ John has been around since the 1800’s, gracing the tables of many homes in the South, especially during the holidays.

This historical dish is believed to pass on good luck and peace to anyone that indulges in it during New Years. The thought sounds lovely, however the history doesn’t quite align.

We have been able to find Hoppin’ John Recipes in cookbooks dating back to the 1840’s hailing from the Low Country of South Carolina, a popular region for plantation owners.

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Peas and Rice History

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 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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Easy Black Eyed Pea Recipe

Hoppin’ John also goes by the name of Southern Peas and Rice. It’s rich and comforting, with nostalgic southern appeal.

Whether you are planning on making this dish as a Thanksgiving side dish, for your New Year’s celebration, or just a regular Wednesday evening at home, I know you’ll enjoy it!

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Hoppin’ John Recipe Ingredients

  • Bacon – The southern fat of choice.
  • Andouille sausage links – For extra protein and tons of spicy flavor!
  • Onion and garlic – For zesty undernotes. 
  • Celery – To create the southern balance of flavors.
  • Bell Pepper – Any Color. For sweetness and tang.
  • Jalapeno or serrano pepper – The andouille sausage offers a little heat, so if you are sensitive to spice, omit the jalapeno.
  • Frozen black-eyed peas – Or field peas. Use frozen peas instead of dried peas to speed up the recipe prep.
  • Chicken stock – Or vegetable stock.
  • Fresh thyme leaves – Or use dried thyme in a pinch.
  • Cajun seasoning – To bring in tons of seasoning in one ingredient.
  • Green onions – A fresh topping.
  • Long grain rice – Served on the side or mixed in.
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How To Make Hoppin’ John

  1. Cook the Rice. Set a medium saucepot over high heat. Add the rice and 3 ½ cups water. Cover and bring to a boil. Then lower the heat and cook until light and fluffy.
  2. Sauté the Pork Products. Set a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add the bacon. Cook for 3 minutes, then add in the sliced sausage. Brown until the sausage looks crispy around the edges.
  3. Sauté the Vegetables. Push the bacon and sausage to the sides of the pan. Add in the onions, celery, bell pepper, jalapeno, and garlic. Sauté to soften the vegetables.
  4. Simmer. Pour in the black-eyed peas, chicken stock, thyme, and Cajun seasoning. Cover with a tight lid and simmer until the black-eyed peas are soft and tender.
  5. Add the Rice. Serve warm over rice with a sprinkling of green onions, and hot sauce on the side.

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Black-Eyed Peas Recipe FAQ

Can I make this Authentic Hoppin’ John Recipe in the Crock Pot?

Sure! Start the pork and vegetables on the stovetop. Then add everything to a slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours. (Or high for 4-5 hours.) Cook the rice separately. 

How can I make this recipe vegetarian?

Yes, but you do lose a lot of flavor by just omitting the meats. Instead, substitute the Andouille Sausage Links for a meatless sausage option. Then, of course, skip the bacon. You may need to add a little oil to the saucepot, because you lose the bacon grease.

How long does Authentic Hoppin’ John Recipe last?

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

Can I use a different legume other than black-eyed peas?

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

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Authentic Hoppin’ John Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
A classic black eyed peas recipe, sometimes called Carolina Peas and Rice, cooked with bacon, sausage, and veggies, and served over fluffy rice!
Servings: 8

Ingredients

  • ¼ pound thick-cut bacon, chopped
  • 2 andouille sausage links, 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 (or Carolina Gold rice)

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.

Notes

Hoppin’ John can be served over the rice, or mixed into the rice. I prefer to pile it on the rice and let each person mix it.

Nutrition

Serving: 1.25cups, Calories: 581kcal, Carbohydrates: 88g, Protein: 27g, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 27mg, Sodium: 428mg, Potassium: 950mg, Fiber: 15g, Sugar: 12g, Vitamin A: 1101IU, Vitamin C: 27mg, Calcium: 90mg, Iron: 6mg
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Author: Sommer Collier

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