Sunday, January 24, 2016

Simple Hoppin' John with Greens

I'm a bit late posting this traditional New Year's Day dish, but it's a delicious meal anytime, especially in the middle of winter.

1 lb dried black-eyed peas
2 yellow onions, chopped
1/4 c oil
1 chipotle + a little adobo sauce (from a can of chipotles in adobo), or 1 t chili powder
3 bay leaves
1 vegetarian bouillon cube (optional)
2 10-oz bags frozen spinach or other greens
4 t red wine vinegar
2 t agave syrup
salt & pepper

Cover the dry beans with three inches of water, bring to a boil, boil for one minute, then let sit for one hour. (Or soak beans overnight.) Empty into a colander. Wipe out the pot, add oil and sautee onions until soft. Add chipotle or chili powder, and bay leaves, and cook one more minute. Add beans, cover with an inch of water, add bouillon cube. Bring to a boil, lower heat, cover and simmer 20 to 30 minutes, until beans are tender. (How long this takes will depend on the age of your beans.) Add spinach, cook for 5 more minutes. (If using other greens, may have to cook a little longer until they're tender). Add red wine vinegar, agave, salt and pepper and cook for 5 more minutes. Serve over rice.

A Factory Building near an Icy River in Winter, Frits Thaulow, 1892


  1. Simple Hoppin' John with Greens is best to serve in the celebration of New Year's Party and this easy recipe will be a success for me this time.