Cajun/Creole

Hoppin John Recipe: The Best New Years Dish

Hey, good folks! Welcome to a culinary adventure that’s as soulful as it gets – Hoppin’ Johns. As we dive into this Southern classic, get ready for a dish that not only fills your belly but warms your spirit. This journey is simplicity meets flavor, and you’ll soon find out why it’s a must for your table.

Hoppin’ Johns isn’t just a dish; it’s a tradition, a celebration on a plate. This one-pot wonder combines the richness of bacon, the earthiness of Black-Eyed Peas, and a symphony of spices. It’s the embodiment of comfort and a nod to Southern roots. So why make it? Because every spoonful tells a story, and every bite is a taste of tradition.yu7

Ingredients:

  • 1 Red Bell Pepper, chopped
  • 2 Celery Ribs, chopped
  • 1 Onion, chopped
  • 1 cup uncooked Long-Grain Rice
  • 2 cups Chicken Stock or Broth
  • 1/2 – 1 tsp. Cayenne Pepper (adjust to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp. dried Basil
  • 1/4 tsp. dried Thyme
  • 1/4 tsp. dried Oregano
  • 1 Bay Leaf

Step-by-Step Guide:

1. Bacon: Fat

  • In a Dutch oven under medium heat, add 2 tablespoons of bacon fat.

2. Saute Veggies:

  • Add green onions, celery, and bell pepper. Saute until softened, scraping up flavorful bits.

3. Rice Magic:

  • Introduce rice, letting it absorb concentrated flavors. Stir for a couple of minutes.

4. Liquid Gold:

  • Pour in chicken stock. Stir to ensure the square area of flavor is fully embraced.

5. Spice It Up:

  • Add cayenne, basil, thyme, and oregano. Simmer for 10 minutes, letting the layers of flavor meld.

6. Bay Leaf Finale:

  • Drop in a bay leaf, then simmer for an additional 10 minutes.

7. The Grand Finale:

  • Add Black-Eyed Peas and the bacon you set aside. Simmer for another 10 minutes.

8. Serve and Savor:

  • Grab a bowl, and savor this masterpiece. If you didn’t know about Hoppin’ Johns, welcome to the club!

Expert Tips and Tricks:

  1. Adjust Cayenne: Control the heat by adjusting cayenne. A half teaspoon offers flavor with a mild kick.
  2. Wooden Spoon Magic: Use a wooden spoon to scrape up flavorful bits from the bottom – that’s the secret to depth.

Variations:

  1. Vegetarian Twist: Skip bacon and use vegetable broth for a veggie delight.
  2. Spicy Kick: Add a diced jalapeño for an extra spicy punch.

What to Serve With Hoppin’ Johns:

  1. Cornbread Muffins
  2. Collard Greens
  3. Fried Okra
  4. Buttermilk Biscuits
  5. Southern Coleslaw
  6. Mac ‘n’ Cheese
  7. Grilled Chicken
  8. Garlic Bread
  9. Sweet Potato Casserole
  10. Peach Cobbler

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Hoppin Johns

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Start by rendering bacon in a Dutch oven over medium heat until it’s crispy. Drain some fat, leaving enough for flavor.

  2. Add chopped green onions, celery, and bell pepper. Sauté until softened, scraping up those flavorful bits stuck to the bottom.

  3. Now, add rice, letting it absorb concentrated flavors. Stir for a couple of minutes.

  4. Pour in 2 cups of chicken stock, enhancing the dish with a square area’s worth of flavor using your trusty wooden spoon.

  5. Introduce seasonings – cayenne, basil, thyme, oregano. Stir and let it simmer for 10 minutes.

  6. Drop in a bay leaf, then simmer for an additional 10 minutes. Let those layers of flavor meld.

  7. Add Black-Eyed Peas and the bacon you set aside earlier. Mix it up and let it simmer for another 10 minutes.

  8. Grab a bowl and savor this masterpiece. If you didn’t know about Hoppin’ Johns, welcome to the club!

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