Tuesday, January 05, 2010
Hoppin John (my version)
When I was in Dallas last year for New Year's Eve, my aunt made Hoppin John on New Years Day and I just loved it. She substituted the ham for little smokies which were cut into slices.
This year, my mother was pretty upset with me for not buying any lucky blackeyed peas to eat on New Year and when she was griping at me, I suddenly remembered how much I liked the Hoppin John we'd had at my aunts house.
I haven't had them since so I am seriously hoping that they aren't hangover food.. you know, when you have something to eat after a long day of being hungover and it tastes like the best thing you've ever had.
I googled the recipe and decided immediately not to use ham... I'm just not a ham person. I realize it is usually left over at most people's houses the week after Christmas, but not at mine. Echk.

What you need:
Two cans of blackeyed peas..
One box (12oz) of Zatarains Jumbalaya mix
Two packages of smoked sausage
Celery (optional)

Now traditionally, you would have the pork, celery, blackeyed peas with plain white rice, so if you are feeding more than just a couple of people, you could make two or three cups of white rice and mix it in to fatten up the pot :-)

Bring four cups of water to boil, add Zatarain's jambalaya mix and cut up sausage...

Cook covered and simmering for about twenty minutes.... When all of the liquid is almost gone, turn down to low and you want to add the blackeyed peas.

I just put them on top and cover it up for about five more minutes and then stir it all up. Test your rice and make sure it is cooked all the way, if not add like a half a cup of water and cover again for another five minutes.
Turn off and leave covered for about ten minutes.
If you have additional white rice, add it.
Serve. Enjoy.

Feel good that your family is eating blackeyed peas and that the whole meal only cost:
Blackeyed Peas at .80 each, $1.60
Zatarains - 3.00
Sausage mine was on sale, two for 3.00 but it is usually two for four or five dollars
Celery if you use it, less than a dollar
additional rice if you use it, less than a dollar
That is under ten bucks!!! :)


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