Well its been a long time but I forgot to take an ingredient photo. I made Hoppin John for New Years Day because I keep hearing its a traditional dish to bring you good luck and I figured why not, I’ll give it a shot. I made this recipe but I cleaned up the language for this post. The flavor was great and I liked the beans (and normally I only like black beans). I would make it again, even not on New Years Day.
- 1 ½ cups dried black-eyed peas
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1 yellow onion
- 2 bell peppers (I used red and green but use whatever you like)
- 3 ribs of celery
- 2-3 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
- 2-3 cloves of garlic
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- ½ teaspoon dried oregano
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 2 bay leaves
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 3 cups of vegetable broth
Rinse the black-eyed peas and throw out any grit.. Put the peas in a medium container and cover them with a couple inches of water. Let them soak overnight or for at least 6 hours. After they have soaked, drain the peas and start cooking.
Chop up the onion, bell peppers, and celery. In a large pot, warm up the olive oil over a medium heat. Add the onion and saute until it starts to brown in some places, about 5 minutes. Add the bell peppers and celery and cook until they get a little soft, about 3 minutes. Take the chipotle peppers out of the can, cut them open and scrape out the seeds. If you prefer it hot then keep some of the seeds in. Chop up the chipotles and dice up the garlic real fine. Add both to the pot. Add the thyme, oregano, paprika, black pepper, bay leaves, and salt and cook for 30 seconds. Toss in the drained black-eyed peas and the broth and bring that shit to a simmer.
Let it simmer uncovered until the peas are tender. This can take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour depending on how long you soaked your peas and how old they are. If you start running out of broth before those are ready, add a little more broth or water. If the peas are tender and you’ve still got too much broth in there, just drain some of that off. Just check the seasoning when you are all done and add more herbs or spices if you think it needs it.
Serve over rice with cheese, hot sauce and any other toppings you want.