Copycat Pioneer Woman Hoppin John Recipe is such an amazing recipe! My family and I could not believe how good this simple dish tasted. The superstition says you should enjoy black-eyed peas on the first day of the new year and you will have great prosperity and health.
This easy recipe was so good, however I did make a substitute and use bacon instead of a ham hock, only because I had bacon at home and did not want to run to the store. Yes, I was being lazy on the first day of the year. Hoppin John is a basic black-eyed pea stew, but do not let that fool you because it is hearty and tastes good!
I started out by making my bacon pieces nice and crispy in the pot. Once they were I added the celery, onion and green pepper to the pot for a few minutes. Then added in the garlic for a minute. So they were nice and sauteed. Next went in the peas, chicken broth, bay leaf and spices.
I let everything boil and come together for an hour. I served with white rice, but you can also use brown rice. My hubby also wanted some Sugar Cornbread on the side. Everything was delicious and I can not wait to make Pioneer Woman Hoppin John Recipe again next year or maybe even next month! This is a must try meal and a must pin recipe, trust me!
- 1 whole Large Onion Diced
- 4 cloves Garlic Minced
- 1 whole Green Bell Pepper Diced
- 2 stalks Celery Diced
- 4 cups Soaked Black-eyed Peas
- 5 cups Low-sodium or No-sodium Chicken Broth
- 1 whole Ham Hock or ½ lb bacon cut into pieces
- Salt And Pepper to taste
- 1 heaping teaspoon Cayenne Seasoning
- 1 bay leaf
- White Or Brown Rice For Serving
- Cook bacon pieces in a large pot over medium-high heat until crispy.
- Add onion, green pepper, and celery and stir.
- Cook for 3 to 4 minutes.
- Add in garlic and cook for another 1-2 minutes.
- Stir in rinsed beans, then add chicken broth, salt & pepper, and cayenne to taste.
- Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and cover the pot for 30 minutes.
- After 30 minutes, check the liquid level; if it's too soupy, cook with the lid off for another 15 - 30 minutes or so.
- If it's too thick, splash in a little more broth and keep covered for another 15-30 minutes.
- Taste for seasonings.
- Add more spice if needed.
- Serve over white or brown rice, making sure to get plenty of the cooking liquid spooned over the top.
- Or, you may mix the bean mixture with the rice before serving (that's what I did).
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