Friday, January 6, 2012

Hoppin' John for New Years Day

This was our New Years Day dinner. It might not look like much but it sure was delicious! From the top left you have: Smothered green beans, collard greens and hoppin' john on the bottom. The red stuff is Bev's fabulous chili sauce which I think can be eaten on just about everything. It is not hot. It is just delicious!

We used to spend lots of time in the south and I fell in love with the food. You can find versions of this dish all over the southern part of our country and each one is unique. This year, I made Bev's recipe because she always has the best ones.

I got another chance to use my favorite new ground bacon. I sauteed some in some olive oil in a heavy pan.

You can make this yourself in a food processor. Just make sure you use a really smokey bacon and grind it very fine.

Add diced onion and green pepper. 1 large onion and 1 large green pepper.

Add 3 finely diced garlic cloves.

Add 4 cups of chicken stock.

I used 3 boxes of frozen black eyed peas.

Add a large smoked ham hock.

Add a couple tablespoons of ground black pepper, some salt to taste and a bit of cayenne pepper.

Throw in a dried red pepper pod. This does not make it too spicy add all but rather heightens the flavor. Bring this to a boil then turn it to a simmer, cover and cook for about an hour. Then uncover, test for seasoning and cook for another half hour. Remove the hock and serve this over rice. I diced up some good smoked bacon and added it to the hoppin' john.