Hoppin’ John

Chef Alyssa Holliday of Le Jardin Gourmet-to-Go in Memphis, TN 

Hoppin’ John is a classic Southern dish made from black-eyed peas and rice that is most famous for its place at the dinner table on the first day of the year, but we like to serve it year round. “Hoppin’ John is a crowd pleaser for so many reasons,” says Chef Alyssa Holliday of Le Jardin Gourmet-to-Go in Memphis, TN. “The savory flavor of bacon and the crisp earthiness of fresh vegetables and herbs straight from our garden make this delightful dish a healthy side accompaniment to your favorite meal. No one can resist!” If you aren’t a bacon fan, Hoppin’ John is great on its own! Alyssa also recommends leaving out the rice and serving the bean mixture as a dip with your favorite chips.

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Le Jardin Gourmet-to-Go Chef Alyssa Holliday’s version of Hoppin’ John makes it a fresh and healthy side dish. Image: Le Jardin Gourmet-to-Go

Hoppin' John

Chef Alyssa Holliday of Le Jardin in Memphis, TN
This healthy twist on a Southern staple made from black-eyed peas and rice makes the ideal side-dish. Or eat it as a dip with your favorite crackers!
5 from 1 vote
Course Side
Servings 6 -8

Ingredients
  

  • 1 bag 1-pound raw black-eyed peas
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 3 cups cooked white rice warm
  • 4 diced sweet mini peppers multi-colored
  • 3 scallions diced
  • 4 slices cooked bacon crumbled
  • 6 cherry tomatoes diced
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt and white pepper

Instructions
 

  • Boil peas in chicken stock until tender.
  • Toss in all the other ingredients for that perfect crunch and flavor!
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.
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Bon appétit!

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