Anyone who’s cooked up some Hoppin John recipes knows how varied the dishes can be. If you’ve never tried it, the following should give you an idea of how versatile and delicious it is.
Hoppin John with Spices
2 cups of black eyed peas (dried)
2 onions (medium, divided)
1 meaty ham bone
1 bay leaf
3 garlic cloves (large)
1 cup of long grain rice
1 can of tomatoes (diced with chile peppers, keep the juice)
1 red bell pepper (medium)
2 tsp of Cajun seasoning
1 green bell pepper (chopped)
1 jalapeno (chopped)
½ tsp dried thyme leaf
1 tsp of salt (or more)
2 green onions (sliced)
1 tsp of ground cumin
6 cups of water
2 ½ cups of water
Begin this simple Hoppin John recipe by putting the black eyed peas in a kettle. Add 6 cups of water and the ham bone. Chop one of the onions in half. Toss it in the pot. Throw in the garlic and bay leaf too. Boil it. Reduce the heat to medium low. Let the mixture simmer for 2 ½ hours or until the beans get tender.
Take out the ham bone. Chop up the meat and put it aside. Drain and take out the peas and put it aside. Throw away the garlic, onion and bay leaf. Pour in 2 ½ cups of water. Boil it. Put the rice in. Cover and let this tasty Hoppin John recipe simmer for 10 minutes.
Mince the other onion half. Put it in with the rice. Add the tomatoes and juice, the peas and bell peppers. Toss in the celery and jalapeno. Add some Cajun seasoning. Toss in the thyme and cumin. Add salt for more flavor. Cook for 8 minutes. Put in the green onions and ham while stirring. Serve this with some cornbread.
Hoppin John with Pork
1 cup of black eyed peas (rinsed overnight)
1 cup of long grain rice
Several cups of water
1 lb of pork
1 tsp of salt
1 tsp of pepper
This Hoppin John recipe begins when you immerse the pork with water. Cook it for 2 hours. Throw in the black eyed peas. Keep cooking until the peas turn tender (not too soft). Add the rice. Sprinkle in some salt and pepper. Boil this until the rice has softened.
Aside from Cajun seasoning, you can try Creole instead. Also, if the 1 tsp of salt is too much, reduce it to ¾ tsp. The pork and ham bone can be interchanged. But if you are cooking with the ham bone, always discard the bone after dicing the meat.
If you want your dish spicy, you can substitute the green peppers with the spicy red ones. You can also add other vegetables to the dish; it’s up to you.
These homemade Hoppin John recipes can be prepared by anyone. As long as you’re willing to set aside some time, you’ll be treating yourself to some seriously fine food.