Thursday, January 6, 2011

Hoppin' John

It's well into the first week of the new year, but not too late for Hoppin' John. Mmm beans and rice. It's supposed to be good luck to eat this dish on New Years, but we've established that I'm a procrastinator. I'm happy that I cooked the beans before they got too old and hard to cook. I'm so happy to try a new dish, have it turn out delicious &amps even use an older unused pantry item (the black eyed peas).
I made an amalgamation of Joy of Cooking & Vegan Soul Food recipes. Most directions from Joy, seasonings from VSF. In addition, I never have parsley on hand so I regularly omit it. However last week I got a huge bunch of the curly stuff in the CSA box. It really added some lovely color to a very beige dish.
Hoppin' John, in the pot

  1. Put 1 1/4 cup dried black eyed peas in saucepan with enough water to cover by 1"
  2. Bring to a boil, allow to boil rapidly for 1 minute
  3. Cover and remove from heat. Allow to sit for 1 1/2 hours before draining and rinsing.
  4. Over medium heat in dutch oven, cook 1 1/2 cups chopped onion and 2 chopped celery ribs in 1 T. olive oil, just until translucent.
  5. Add spices and cook until the veggies start to brown: 1/2 t. onion powder, 1/2 t. garlic powder, 1/2 t. paprika, 1/2 t. chili powder, 1/4 t. cayenne, 1/2 t. dried thyme,
    1/2 t. dried oregano
  6. Add beans and 4 1/2 cups of water. Bring to a boil then simmer until beans are tender, about 30 minutes to an hour.
  7. Reserve cooking liquid when drain beans. Drain beans ;)
  8. Preheat oven to 325, with rack in center of oven.
  9. Cook 1 cup white rice in 2 T butter (or alternative) and 1 t salt until well-coated, 3-4 minutes. Add scant 2 cups of bean cooking liquid (try to leave sediment behind). Add extra water as needed to get 2 cups total.
  10. Bring rice and liquid up to a simmer, stir and cover and put in the oven.
  11. Bake 20 minutes or until rice has absorbed all the liquid. Sprinkle the beans over the top and return to the oven for 3 minutes.
  12. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup minced parsley, toss to combine.
  13. Cover and let rest for 30 minutes before serving.
My CSA items: celery and parsley.

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