Hoppin John

I’m a big sides person, the sides of a dish are always my favorite part.  I know, it’s weird.  I love going to our favorite home cooking joints and ordering the veggie plate piled high with mashed potatoes, fried okra, mac ‘n cheese, mmmm!!   One of the best sides I’ve had is Hoppin’ John.  I had no idea why it’s called that, I still don’t, but it is chock full of flavor so I just had to figure out how to make it.

A southern favorite! This quick and easy Hoppin' John just takes a few minutes to prepare and is the perfect side dish!

My quick and easy version uses cans of black-eyed peas, okra, and tomatoes but this can be done with fresh or dry beans too, you’ll just have to cook them ahead of time.  I use creole style okra because it has a little more zing, same with the fire-roasted tomatoes, but feel free to use whatever style you wish.

A southern favorite! This quick and easy Hoppin' John just takes a few minutes to prepare and is the perfect side dish!

Prep consists of cooking up some bacon then just dumping everything into a dutch oven or large saucepan and letting all the flavors meld together for a few minutes.

A southern favorite! This quick and easy Hoppin' John just takes a few minutes to prepare and is the perfect side dish!A southern favorite! This quick and easy Hoppin' John just takes a few minutes to prepare and is the perfect side dish!

Sprinkle the crumbled bacon over the top and you’re done!

A southern favorite! This quick and easy Hoppin' John just takes a few minutes to prepare and is the perfect side dish!

Yes, I have made a batch of this and eaten it for lunch.  No main entree, just a side :)

A southern favorite! This quick and easy Hoppin' John just takes a few minutes to prepare and is the perfect side dish!

Hoppin' John

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
A quick and hearty classic side full of flavor

Ingredients

  • 2 16 oz cans black-eyed peas, drained
  • 2 16 oz cans creole-style gumbo okra, undrained
  • 1 16 oz can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • 6 slices bacon, crumbled
  • 2 bay leaves

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients except bacon to a dutch oven or medium saucepan
  2. Simmer on medium heat for approximately 10 minutes until heated through.
  3. Remove bay leaves and stir in the crumbled bacon.
  4. Serve warm!

Notes

This can be made with fresh or dried black-eyed peas too, just cook them accordingly beforehand.

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Hoppin John

  1. Emily – this looks so delicious! I’ve never heard of Hoppin’ John but I will have to start watching menu’s to find some!! Thank you so much for sharing at our Dream. Create. Inspire. Link Party! I hope to see you there again this week!

    Cat

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