Hoppin’ John, its not just for New Years any more. This quick and easy to prepare recipe can be used either as a side dish or a main meal. Serve it any time you need to stretch the family budget or just need to get something on the table fast. Enjoy!!!
- 1 Cup of cooked Black Eye Peas
- 1 Cup of uncooked White Rice
- 1 Cup of Chicken Broth
- 4 ounces of sliced Hog Jowl or Bacon
- 1/4 cup of diced Bell Peppers
- 1/4 cup of diced Onions
- 1 Tablespoon of Butter
- Start by slicing up about a quarter pound of the Hog Jowl.
- Place the sliced Hog Jowl in a frying pan and fry over medium heat until done.
- Remove from pan, place on paper towels to drain and set aside.
- Pour off all but about 3 Tablespoons of the grease, keeping the browned bits in the skillet.
- Add Butter.
- Add the diced Bell Peppers.
- Add the diced Onions.
- Sautee the Peppers and Onions over Medium heat until onions turn translucent.
- Stir as needed to prevent burning, letting Onions brown slightly. Remove from heat, set aside.
- In a separate saucepan, add the cooked Black Eye Peas.
- Add the Chicken Broth and bring the mixture to a low boil over Medium-High heat.
- Add the uncooked rice and stir it into the mixture.
- Bring the saucepan ingredients back up to a low boil once again.
- Cover the saucepan, REDUCE the heat to a low simmer. Let simmer about 15 minutes or as directed on your rice package. Resist the urge to raise the lid, just let it cook.
- While the rice is cooking, chop up the cooked Hog Jowl into small pieces.
- After the rice has simmered for about 15 minutes, remove from heat and set aside. Do not open.
- After about 5 minutes, lift the lid on the saucepan to let any steam escape. Replace the lid.
- After about 5 more minutes, remove the lid and use a fork to gently stir or “fluff” up the rice.
- Now, add the chopped Hog Jowl, Bell Peppers and Onions. Stir gently.
- Remove from saucepan and place in your favorite serving bowl.
- Serve warm as a main dish or side dish….and Enjoy!!!
There are lots of variations of Hoppin John around the internet. Even here in the South, folks prepare it differently. Some add tomatoes, some add sausages, just make it your own based on ingredients that your family enjoys.
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