Hoppin’ John

Traditional American dish served on New Year’s Day. Good news! Plenty of time to prepare and you will need: 

2 T Butter

Bacon AND Sausage

Red Pepper chopped

Small Onion Chopped

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Garlic Cloves

2 cups black-eyed peas

Salt and Pepper

Box of Chicken Stock

First chop a lot:IMG_1008

Wait. First Soak your beans. A lot of recipes will tell you to soak them for like 12 hours. Ridiculous. And I’m the paranoid one. You need like 2 hours. Just until they are softened. Oh and when you soak them put 2 as much water as beans.

BEPeas

Sorry for the gross picture. They are puffy enough to be boiled though. To be fair to my horrible picture, black-eyed peas are gross and they taste gross. That is what makes my recipe all the more important.

That is why a key element of my recipe is that you buy your meats from a real butcher or preferably a real meat shop.  Not from a package. a World of Difference. A Multi-verse even.

So:

Melt the Butter

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Sauté your chopped bits. Put Aside.

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Next cook up your meets and chop them and set aside hoppingjohn2

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Finally. And I do mean Finally because by this time you are at it quite a while. In a large pot pour in your beans and chicken stock.  (Of course it is better if you make your own chicken stock but this is the alternative.)  You can add bay-leaf, but I don’t find it necessary. You can also add a bit of shredded carrot to sweeten it. Or a bit of hot sauce or cayenne.

Bring to a boil and then simmer for about 30 minutes.  

Do not over cook.

This is the biggest mistake made in modern cooking.

Over-cooking is for Taqueria-style Mexican food. Nobody wants to eat that. It’s like dog food.

There should still be a decent bite to your bean that you don’t want to lose when you add in all your choppings. You want to wait to nearly the last minute, 5 at the most, so you don’t lose the enormous flavors of the add-ins. Again, because of the dog-food affect.

Apparently, I managed to lose the ending pictures of my dish. These things do happen. Even boring girls do get bored.  You can serve it over rice. I figure why bother?  Like a salad with lots of goodies the eating is more about mining the goodies and crunchies versus some kind of communion with the boring-pea.

I do regret not having a picture to post of my finished product but at the same time it looks a mess. It’s the nature of the beast.  At the same time it is D-E-L-I-C-O-U-!

 

 

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