All Photos © Christine Elise McCarthy 2017
Hoppin’ John is a traditional southern dish, typically served on New Years Day to bring a prosperous new year. Here is WIKIPEDIA’S explanation. I didn’t add peas to mine but you certainly can & I love the idea of serving each bowl with a coin beneath it to ramp up the good fortune.
This is CRAZY easy to make & tastier than you might guess. I made these in my Instant Pot with dried beans but these can be done very quickly on your stove top with canned beans or with dry beans in a slow cooker.
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Vegan New Years Day Spicy Hoppin’ John
Serves 4 very well
1 lb dried black eyed peas (or 2 lbs canned – drained & rinsed – if you are going stove top)
1 medium onion – diced
3-6 garlic cloves – diced
4 celery stalks – diced
1 red bell pepper – diced
1 4oz can diced green chilies or jalapenos (optional)
2-3 chipotle peppers in adobo – diced (more or less – to your taste)
1 TBS ground cumin
1 TBS olive oil
4 cups vegetable stock
S&P to taste
Scallions – sliced
Fresh Italian parsley – chopped
Fresh cilantro – chopped
Red onion – diced
Avocado – sliced
Tabasco, Crystal (or other hot sauce)
COINS (Pennies – silver dollars? Your call) – for placement under each serving dish
Cook your rice according to the package instructions.
INSTANT POT: Using the saute setting, heat 1 TBS olive oil & saute the onion, celery & bell pepper until soft. Add the garlic & saute one minute. Add the rest of the ingredients & cook, sealed, on the manual setting for 45 minutes.
SLOW COOKER: If you are using dried black eyed peas – bring a pot of water to a rapid boil. Add the black eyed peas & boil for ten minutes. Turn off heat, cover & let stand for an hour. Drain & RINSE WELL.
In a large saute pan, heat the olive oil & saute the garlic, onion, red pepper and celery until the vegetable are soft.
Once your vegetables are sauteed, you simply combine the already partly cooked beans with the vegetables, chipotle, green chilies, cumin, and S&P with 4 cups of veggie stock to your slow cooker. Heat on high for 5 hours.
Use canned beans. Heat 1 TBS olive oil & saute the onion, celery & bell pepper until soft. Add the garlic & saute one minute. Add a cup of vegetable stock and the rest of the ingredients & simmer until heated through & al the flavors meld. Add more stock if the get too dry. Cook on high if they are too watery.
Folded Money Collard Greens
24 oz collard greens – trimmed, chopped & washed
1-2 TBS olive oil
1 large onion – diced
6 (or more) celery stalks – diced
6 garlic cloves – diced
1 TBS crushed red pepper
3 cups veggie stock
1 tsp smoked paprika (optional)
1/4 tsp liquid smoke (optional)
2 tomatoes – diced
Hot sauce as garnish (optional)
Heat olive oil in a pan. Saute the onions & celery until they soften. Add the chopped garlic & crushed red pepper. Saute another 1-2 minutes.
Add the stock and collard greens & smoked paprika, stock. Bring to a boil & then reduce heat to low, cover & simmer – covered – for about 20- 30 minutes. Add chopped tomatoes & liquid smoke. Stir in & let sit on low heat – or removed from heat – for about 30 minutes. Don’t add salt…unless you really like being dehydrated & being unable to remove your rings. Somehow – this is QUITE salty just from the stock.
And – HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!