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Hoppin' John

User Rating 4 out of 5
13 Reviews
11 out of 13 users would make it again
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A perfect recipe for black eyed peas!January 05, 2013 By Lizzie2013
I pulled this recipe in 2009 and have used it many times for many people. The concensus is that the dish deserves rave reviews and more people should try black eyed peas! I added a few spices, red chile flakes and cayenne to get a more intense cajun taste. I also added hot links, 4 oz. green chile, 1/2 of an onion, diced, chicken broth and black pepper, just because I had them handy. I ended it all by putting everything, except the rice, in a crock pot and let it cook all day. I used frozen black eyed peas. The dish was a hit at the football party! You should try this one!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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Not a Northern's recipeJanuary 01, 2013 By orchidfreak12
Peas were done in less than 2 hours so they became a bit mushy when stirring with the other ingredients. I could not find ham hocks or ham bones anywhere near where I lived so I had to settle for pork hocks. The vegatables do not get cooked in the time it allows; I would sautee them. I've never tasted Hoppin' John before so I don't really know how it should taste. This tasted rather bland. Guess I'll try another New Year's tradiotion next year.
0 of 0 people found this review helpful.
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Hoppin johnJanuary 03, 2012 By pamlwalker
My family loved this! I wouldn't change a thing! I was forced to use canned black eyed peas because local stores in my small town were sold out but it was great! My husband has been eating it for lunch every day since new years!!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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Very GoodJanuary 01, 2012 By cmondine
I like the addition of the creole seasoning it really give a unique flavor to an old favorite.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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Hoppin' JohnJune 22, 2011 By writeaway2011
This recipe is EXACTLY what I was looking for! Thank you, thank you! Hoppin' Johns the way they were meant to be prepared! Making some tonight! Just needed to find a recipe with tomatoes and all the essential seasonings! Yummy!
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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December 27, 2010 By harris1948
I was wondering if anybody cooks the ham hocks for a couple of hours before adding the black eyed peas? I also like to sweat the onions and peppers before adding. Just asking.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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This California girl would recommend it!January 03, 2010 By Jan_Bot
Great recipe! After reading some of the other comments, I simplified it a little. I used dried peas and a ham bone. Med-simmer for an hour was just right. Since my ham bone had very little fat, I left the beans and meat in the pot and did not drain. I saute'd my add'l onion, celery and peppers(excluding the jalapeno), along with the rice. I heated the 2.5 cups of water and added the rice saute, heated water, seasoning and a 10oz can Ro*tel tomatoes (Original - it was just the right heat). Then I continued to cook until the rice was done and it turned our like a gumbo. Yummo!
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
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Hoppin' JohnJanuary 02, 2010 By mipd
Made this for New Years day and LOVED it! It was just the right kind of spicy and a big hit with my family. I soaked the dried peas overnight 1st as is my habit with dried beans etc., and that cut my cooking tijme in half. Otherwise followed the recipe exactly . Definitely a ""do over"" every January 1st and even a few other dates as well.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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hoppin' john or bahatta kachangJanuary 01, 2010 By shannonstoney
I made hoppin' john last night out of carolina plantation rice, and it was very good. I didn't have any tomatoes so I left those out. I used fresh black eyed peas rather than dried. The word hoppin' john, according to Karen Hess, is derived from an old Hindi word bhat, meaning rice, which became bahatta in Persian. Kachang is a Malay word meaning beans. These words, bahatta kachang, were transposed by Gullah speakers into ""hoppin' john."" I cooked the rice the ""normal"" Asian way, but today I'm going to try it the African/Indian way.
2 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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A Taste of Lafayette and New OrleansJanuary 01, 2010 By damccrimmon
I'm just back from Christmas in Cajun/Creole country and consequently my taste buds are at their most discriminating for this type of cuisine. This is a very good recipe. Having a wife who is sensitive to capsaisins, I modified it a bit, substituting a whole dried pasilla chile (seeded and membranes removed) during the cooking of the blackeye peas, and canned diced tomatoes with onions instead of those with chiles. While the peas were cooking with a smoked ham hock, onion, garlic cloves, bay leaf and the aforementioned pasilla (without presoaking, and for about 1 and 1/2 hours) I baked a 4 lb smoked picnic ham studded with cloves, then diced about half of it for later addition to the Hoppin' John. Except for the red and green peppers, no others nor other chiles or the second onion, though I set Tabasco and Sriacha sauces to the side for others who might like more heat. Corn muffins and a floral pale ale made this a memorable mid-day New Year's meal. Bon apitite.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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Hoppin' JohnJanuary 02, 2009 By saraguice
This was average. It didn't take 2 1/2 hours for the peas to cook. Also, I think the peppers overpowered the flavors. It was average, but not a keeper
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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Great stuff!January 01, 2009 By bikepath
I read the previous review of this article. I did not have some of the problems the previous reviewer had. This is very flavorful Hoppin' John, some of the best ever (and it's an annual tradition with us), with just the right amount of heat. I made the recipe as stated, except that I used a few small Anaheim peppers in place of the 1/2 green pepper and thus omitted the jalapeno. I figured the tomatoes with peppers would have enough heat especially given the addition of Creole seasoning (cayenne pepper), and that was a correct assumption. There's still plenty of zing without the jalapeno. The peas should NOT be soaked. The whole point of cooking them with the ham bone, bay leaf, onion, and garlic is to have them soak up the flavors as they hydrate. 2 to 2 1/2 hours seemed to be too long to cook the black eyed peas. Mine were simmering just over an hour and a half before they were almost TOO cooked and slightly mushy. I'd start monitoring the peas for doneness after about an hour. They should be firm still, but not ""crunchy"". Some of this probably depends on the pot you use, the heat level, etc. Mine were on medium to low simmer. I did not have any sticking-to-the-pot issues at all. Having a nice thick-bottomed pot may have helped. (Ahh, the joys of good cookware!) I had all the other ingredients chopped up and in a bowl together and ready to dump into the rice all at once and the spices measured out and ready to go in a smaller separate bowl; the rice was on simmer / low heat at that point, and I turned up the heat to medium - high (7 to 8 of 10), stirring intermittently until the stuff was warmed through (about 5 to 10 more minutes -- remember, your peas have cooled by this point and you're adding uncooked veggies, so it takes awhile to get the enormous amount of Hoppin' John heated up to the right temperature), and then added the ham and green onions. If you're looking for a great, moderately spicy Hoppin' John recipe to ring in the new year, give this one a try. It's a keeper!
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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DeliciousDecember 31, 2007 By Doug_Barber
Very tasty. The recipe is ambiguous as to whether or not you soak the peas before starting. Given the cooking time proffered, and assuming your peas aren't stale, soaking wouldn't be necessary. This is doubly true as the recipe calls for draining the peas anyway after cooking them for two hours or so with the ham bone, onion, garlic and bay leaf. At the point where you add the peas, peppers and etc. back into the rice, keep a sturdy pot-scraping utensil handy and scrape the pot every 2 or 3 minutes, because otherwise, you'll get stuff burning on the bottom of your pot. This recipe at that point was one of the worst pot-burners I've encountered in 40 years of cooking. I do not mean that as a ""non-recommendation"". Good cooking often requires attentiveness, and this turned out very delicious - a lot of flavor and a bit of spicy heat, but not so much heat as to lose your non-tabasco-loving friends. I de-seeded the two jalapenos (not fastidiously), but did not remove their membranes, and was very happy with the heat level. Thanks for the recipe. This was the best hoppin john I've ever made, and I've engaged in a fair number of trials.
114 of 115 people found this review helpful.

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