Hopping John - Savory, smokey, a bit spicy and hearty black-eyed pea stew that is perfect any day of the year. A Southern classic recipe that is super easy to make and richly-flavored. Pair it with rice and cornbread for a much comforting cold-weather dinner!
Calories 564 kcal
1 pound (453grams) black-eyed peas 4 -5 thick bacon slices , chopped 2 cups smoked turkey or smoked ham hock , chopped 1 large onion , diced (about 1 ½ cups ) 1 stalk celery , diced (about ½ cup diced) 1 (large ) tablespoon minced garlic 2 teaspoons (2 g) fresh thyme , minced 1-2 bay Leaves 6-7 cups (1.5 - 1.7 L) chicken broth or water 2 teaspoons (8 g) Creole seasoning salt and pepper to taste 4 cups rice , cooked rice to serve green onions for garnishing
Rinse dry black-eyed pea beans. Add beans to a large pot covering with 3-4 inches of cold water. Cover and let sit for about 2-3 hours. In a large heavy sauté pan, saute chopped bacon until brown and crispy about 5-6 minutes. Then add smoked ham, saute for about 2-3 more minutes. Throw in the onions, celery, garlic, thyme, and bay leaf and saute for about 3-5 minutes, until onions are wilted and aromatic. Then pour in the chicken broth or water. Drain the soaked beans, rinse, and place the beans in the pot. Season with Creole seasoning and salt to taste. Mix and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook, uncovered, for about 45 minutes or more while stirring occasionally, or until beans are tender and slightly thickened to your desire. Add more stock or water if the mixture becomes dry and thick. The texture of the beans should be thick, somewhat creamy but not watery. Remove the bay leaves. Taste and adjust for seasonings with pepper, Creole seasoning, and salt if needed. Serve over cooked rice and garnish with green onions
Soak and brine the beans in cold water, with 3 tablespoons of salt, for at least 3-4 hours before cooking. This is to soften the beans quickly and add more flavor.
Make it completely vegan by omitting chicken stock, bacon, ham, or turkey.
Spice it up with cayenne, chili flakes, or chili powder. Or more intense fiery peppers like Habanero, Scotch Bonnet, and Serrano.
Boil and simmer the beans, uncovered. This will result in a more flavorful and thick Hoppin' John stew.
Turn it into Hoppin' John soup by adding more broth or water. A perfect comforting soup for cold weather.
Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on the products used. Calories: 564 kcal | Carbohydrates: 58 g | Protein: 39 g | Fat: 20 g | Saturated Fat: 7 g | Cholesterol: 69 mg | Sodium: 285 mg | Potassium: 1305 mg | Fiber: 10 g | Sugar: 7 g | Vitamin A: 452 IU | Vitamin C: 5 mg | Calcium: 131 mg | Iron: 9 mg