This hopin’ John recipe layers black-eyed peas over rice then tops them with cheddar cheese, tomatoes, and green onions. The result is perfection. This will be the BEST Southern hoppin’ John you will ever make!
What is Hoppin’ John?
Black-eyed Peas is a food staple in many Southern homes. Cook them all day in a little ham hock or bacon grease and you got yourself a delicious treat. Take your Black-eyed Peas up a notch by layering it over rice, hence the Hoppin’ John.
What makes my hoppin’ John recipe the best? I add in freshly shredded cheese, sun ripened tomatoes, green onions, and a little jalapeño.
Now for this particular dish, I used canned Black-eyed peas. To some that is blasphemy….
And I would agree if they were served solo. But after simmering them in bacon fat or a vegetable boullion (for the vegetarians), and adding the toppings; no one will know they aren’t homemade…. I promise.
So keep it simple. Make them easy. This is an opportunity to cut corners. They are going to be soooooo good. You will thank me!
How to make it
- Simmer black-eyed peas in bacon fat or vegetable boullion
- layer black-eye peas with all their flavorful liquid over cooked rice
- layer fresh cheddar cheese over the peas
- Top with freshly cut sun ripened tomatoes and chopped green onions
Note: Freshly shred the cheese. This is NOT a corner to cut. That pre-shredded cheese is NOT as moist and tasty as freshly shredded cheese. It takes 5 minutes.
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Note: I use my Panasonic SR-DF101 5-Cup (Uncooked) One-Touch “Fuzzy Logic” Rice Cooker to cook all of my rice. It is one of my favorite kitchen gadgets. My rice comes out perfect every time.
I like to add freshly diced jalapeno on topof the hoppin’ John. If you have those that can’t take the heat, have some diced jalapeño set to the side.
If you want, you could eat this all by itself… I wish you could taste this Hoppin’ John Dish right now…. I would share if I could!
Would you like to try some more Southern recipes? Try some of these:
- Easy Southern Banana Pudding
- How to Cook Field Peas
- Carolina Barbecue Sauce
- How to Cook Collard Greens
- Slow Cooker Green Beans and Potatoes
The Best Southern Hoppin’ John Recipe
- 1 ½ cups uncooked rice
- (3) 15.5 oz black-eyed canned peas
- 1 tbs bacon fat or 1 vegetable bouillon
- 1 ½ cup chopped tomato
- 1 cup chopped green onions
- 8 oz freshly shredded cheddar cheese
- salt and pepper to taste
- Cook 1 ½ cups rice according to directions.
- Meanwhile, cook three 15.5 oz canned black-eyed peas in their liquid with either 1 tbs bacon fat or 1 vegetable bouillon for 20 minutes on a low simmer.
- Salt and pepper to taste.
- Layer black-eyed peas with the liquid over cooked rice.
- Layer 8 oz freshly shredded cheese over black-eyed peas.
- Layer 1 ½ cups of chopped tomatoes over cheese.
- Layer 1 cup chopped green onions over tomatoes. Serve.