Hoppin’ John

Hoppin’ John
Recipe Type: Main
Cuisine: Soul Food
Author: Spencer Musselman
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Serves: 6
  • 5 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1 whole Large Onion, Diced
  • 6 cloves Garlic, Pressed
  • 1 whole Green Bell Pepper, Diced
  • 4 stalks Celery, Diced
  • 4 Tablespoons flour
  • 1 Pound Soaked Black-eyed Peas
  • 5 cups Chicken Stock, Ham., or Veggie Stock
  • 1 whole Ham Hock
  • 1 can Rotel or Diced tomatoes
  • 1 tsp of Smoked Paprika
  • 3 Bay Leaves
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme or 2 tsp dry divided
  • 3 healthy squirts of Sriracha
  • Salt And Pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup of Chopped Ham (possibly left over from Christmas)
  • 3 Tablespoons Cider Vinegar
  • 3 cups cooked Rice, For Serving
  • Green Onion for garnish
  1. Add butter over medium heat
  2. Add onions, celery, and bell pepper when the butter gives off a nutty smell and saute for 5 minutes
  3. Add the flour and saute until golden brown stirring constantly
  4. Add tomato paste and pressed garlic and cook for two minutes
  5. Deglaze pan with stock and tomatoes scraping brown bits with a wooden spoon
  6. Add ham hock, paprika, bay leaves and 2 sprigs of thyme
  7. Bring everything to a heavy simmer and reduce to low and put on the lid
  8. Turn on the football bowl games and crack a beer
  9. Stir every 15-20 minutes until the peas are cooked through
  10. After 40-45 minutes add ham, vinegar and Sriracha
  11. Start cooking rice
  12. You can keep peas and rice on low until your football game is over
  13. Serve over rice with a green onion garnish



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