Easy Hoppin John Soup is a great dish if you love southern flavors like I do or if you need to feed a crowd.
Or if you have a busy week ahead and don't want to worry about dinner for a few nights.
This traditional New Year's recipe contains lots of vegetables like one of my other favorites: Southwestern Vegetarian Soup.
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Black-eyed peas, a ham hock, broth, jalapeno, onion, garlic, celery, red bell pepper and diced tomatoes + spices simmer for a couple of hours in a slow cooker or in a soup pot for a delicious, easy, hoppin john soup
Easy Hoppin John Soup
When I was in college at the University of Missouri-Columbia, there was an amazing restaurant nearby named Glenn's Cafe, which served the best Cajun and Creole food with a dash of Southwestern thrown in.
Every dish tasted rich and smoky and seemed to be packed with seafood.
Seafood creole, alligator stew, jambalaya, blackened redfish, smoked turkey salad, crabcakes and bourbon mashed sweet potatoes were a few of the dishes on the rotating menu. I ate there with friends as often as my college checking account would let me.
I got married and moved away in 2000.
Two years later on a trip back to college town, husband and I were disappointed to see Glenn's had closed.
Why am I rhapsodizing about long ago meals?
This version of Easy Hoppin John Soup reminds me of a dish I might have eaten at Glenn's.
If you're going to make this dish, might I suggest a jam to accompany your chopping?
Why You'll Love This Recipe
For the amount of work involved, a little boiling, a little chopping and then waiting for it to finish cooking in a slow cooker, the flavor payoff is huge.
Plus, black eyed peas bring good luck.
Or at least they will if you eat them on New Year's Day. I'm not sure if you still get luck if you eat them on Valentine's Day or Easter.
Speaking of Easter, Hoppin John Soup is a great way to use leftover holiday ham.
I really like making soup in a slow cooker because I can toss all the ingredients in the pot, turn it on (an important step, don't forget!) and go about my day until it's time to eat.
- You don't have to use a slow cooker for this soup. You can throw everything in a soup pot if you'd rather. If you do, shorten the simmering time to an hour.
- Serve this soup over rice to stretch it.
- The soup has a bit of heat from the jalapeno peppers, white pepper and smoked paprika but it's not super spicy. You can also put a bottle of hot sauce on the table for each person to heat it up to their own liking.
- Serves six to eight.
- If you really want to love on your family or your guests, make cornbread to serve alongside. Don't forget the butter!
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Your turn: have you ever cooked black eyed peas? What's your favorite way to make them?