I love this use of sausage and tomatoes, and I don’t make it as often as I should. Here’s my version of Hopping Johns, a southern dish, usually made around New Years for good luck!
Hopping Johns Recipe
1 medium white onion
3 cloves garlic
1 can black eyed peas
1-1.5 lbs sausage – I like to grill mine, then slice and add to the dish
1 14-16oz can of black eyed peas – drained
3 Cups uncooked brown rice
2 14 oz cans whole peeled tomatoes – undrained – I like the juice
3 TBSP Hot Sauce
Optional: 1-2 Bell Pepper or 1-2 stalks celery
The greens give it a bit more color and crunch – saute with onions
The first step is to start making the rice.
I make mine in a rice maker – 2 C brown rice,2 chicken bullion cubes, 1 tsp of olive oil and 5 C water – hit the button and it’s done in 20 min
While the rice is cooking I grill the sausages – takes about 10-15 min.
While the rice is cooking and the sausages are grilling, I saute the onion for 3-5 min, then add the garlic and saute for another 1-2 minutes.
Then I add the black eyed peas and tomatoes while the sausages are cooling enough to slice
Once it’s all mixed together I add the hot sauce and stir.
If it’s too watery, let it cook for 5-10 min
If it’s too pasty, add 1/4 C of water
This should make enough to feed 4 hungry teens.
For more good ole down home southern cooking check out Paula Deen: