25 Jan Hoppin’ John
Full of authentic Southern flavor, this version of Hoppin’ John features Carolina Pride and lots of black-eyed peas.
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- 1 lb. Carolina Pride Bacon, cooked and crumbled
- 4 Tbsp. butter
- 1 large onion, diced
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 green bell pepper, diced
- 2 stalks celery, diced
- 4 cups black-eyed peas, soaked in cool water for at least 6 hours, then rinsed
- 5 cups low-sodium chicken broth
- 2 Tbsp. vinegar
- Cayenne pepper to taste
- Salt and pepper to taste
- White or brown rice, cooked
Heat butter in large pot over medium-high heat. Add onion, garlic, green pepper and celery and stir. Cook 3-4 minutes. Stir in beans, then add broth, salt and pepper, and cayenne to taste. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and cover the pot for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, check the liquid level. If it’s too soupy, cook with the lid off for another 15 minutes or so. If it’s too thick, add a little more broth. Stir in vinegar, then taste for seasonings. Add more spice if needed. Stir in ¾ of the bacon. Serve over rice, making sure to get plenty of the cooking liquid spooned over the top. Or, you may mix the bean mixture with the rice before serving. Garnish with remaining bacon crumbles.
Variations: Add red bell pepper, diced tomatoes, diced jalapeños, or diced ham instead of bacon. Stir in torn-up kale when 5 minutes of cooking time remain. Use canned, drained black-eyed peas if preferred.
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