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Hoppin' John

Post by Del » Wed Sep 12, 2018 7:10 pm

A young family joined our parish this year. They moved to Wisconsin from Alabama, after discovering that their 2-year-old son is deathly allergic to fire ants.

I've been interested in Southern Cooking for a few years now. It is good to have some friends in the area who grew up with it.

The young mommy suggested that I should try Hoppin' John. This is a beans-&-rice dish featuring black-eyed peas.

I found several versions on the internet. I decided to try this one.
https://www.tablespoon.com/recipes/hopp ... 41aebde1ad

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I got a 1-lb bag of black-eyed peas and a bunch of kale from Piggly-Wiggle. Fresh field peas and collard greens aren't a thing, here. My local butcher smokes a decent pork hock. I used the two (optional) jalapeño peppers. Next time, I think I'll cut back to one. And I added a teaspoon of rubbed sage (my secret spice ingredient).

It turned out really good! I can see why this is Southern favorite.

You who live south of the Mason-Dixon.... I blame you guys for not telling me about Hoppin' John, a long time ago. What else are you hiding from me?
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Re: Hoppin' John

Post by sysiphus » Wed Sep 12, 2018 7:13 pm

Grits with salt-n-pepper, as opposed to sugar for a start.
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Re: Hoppin' John

Post by Del » Wed Sep 12, 2018 8:26 pm

sysiphus wrote:
Wed Sep 12, 2018 7:13 pm
Grits with salt-n-pepper, as opposed to sugar for a start.
I've only done cheese-&-garlic grits. Although one time, I was at a breakfast buffet where there were some white grits and I did some butter/salt/pepper.

I don't think it would ever have occurred to me that one could put sugar on grits. Why? Do you guys put sugar on your mashed potatoes too?
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Re: Hoppin' John

Post by Joshoowah » Wed Sep 12, 2018 9:36 pm

Chocolate gravy.
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Re: Hoppin' John

Post by John-Boy » Thu Sep 13, 2018 4:31 am

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Re: Hoppin' John

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Del wrote:
Wed Sep 12, 2018 8:26 pm
sysiphus wrote:
Wed Sep 12, 2018 7:13 pm
Grits with salt-n-pepper, as opposed to sugar for a start.
I've only done cheese-&-garlic grits. Although one time, I was at a breakfast buffet where there were some white grits and I did some butter/salt/pepper.

I don't think it would ever have occurred to me that one could put sugar on grits. Why? Do you guys put sugar on your mashed potatoes too?
Sugar on mashed potatoes? Are you racist?

Southerners only put sugar in things that need it. Like tea. Not cornbread.
Gossett closed his bag of Cheezits and silently prayed

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Re: Hoppin' John

Post by Jester » Thu Sep 13, 2018 5:59 am

sysiphus wrote:
Thu Sep 13, 2018 4:44 am
Del wrote:
Wed Sep 12, 2018 8:26 pm
sysiphus wrote:
Wed Sep 12, 2018 7:13 pm
Grits with salt-n-pepper, as opposed to sugar for a start.
I've only done cheese-&-garlic grits. Although one time, I was at a breakfast buffet where there were some white grits and I did some butter/salt/pepper.

I don't think it would ever have occurred to me that one could put sugar on grits. Why? Do you guys put sugar on your mashed potatoes too?
Sugar on mashed potatoes? Are you racist?

Southerners only put sugar in things that need it. Like tea. Not cornbread.
My wife coats her cornbread with honey.
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Re: Hoppin' John

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Joshoowah wrote:
Wed Sep 12, 2018 9:36 pm
Chocolate gravy.
Okay.... that's a real thing I might gotta try.
https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/18729 ... ate-gravy/
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Re: Hoppin' John

Post by Del » Thu Sep 13, 2018 6:04 am

John-Boy wrote:
Thu Sep 13, 2018 4:31 am
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Nyuck! Nyuck!

The closest Golden Corral is in Rockford, IL. I'll meet you there.
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Re: Hoppin' John

Post by sysiphus » Thu Sep 13, 2018 6:06 am

Jester wrote:
Thu Sep 13, 2018 5:59 am
sysiphus wrote:
Thu Sep 13, 2018 4:44 am
Del wrote:
Wed Sep 12, 2018 8:26 pm
sysiphus wrote:
Wed Sep 12, 2018 7:13 pm
Grits with salt-n-pepper, as opposed to sugar for a start.
I've only done cheese-&-garlic grits. Although one time, I was at a breakfast buffet where there were some white grits and I did some butter/salt/pepper.

I don't think it would ever have occurred to me that one could put sugar on grits. Why? Do you guys put sugar on your mashed potatoes too?
Sugar on mashed potatoes? Are you racist?

Southerners only put sugar in things that need it. Like tea. Not cornbread.
My wife coats her cornbread with honey.
You got me over a barrel here. I'm not gonna run down a man's wife, even if the act is really REALLY weird.

So let's unpack this... Is your wife a yankee? It's possible she just doesn't know better.
Gossett closed his bag of Cheezits and silently prayed

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Re: Hoppin' John

Post by Jester » Thu Sep 13, 2018 6:22 am

sysiphus wrote:
Thu Sep 13, 2018 6:06 am
Jester wrote:
Thu Sep 13, 2018 5:59 am
sysiphus wrote:
Thu Sep 13, 2018 4:44 am
Del wrote:
Wed Sep 12, 2018 8:26 pm
sysiphus wrote:
Wed Sep 12, 2018 7:13 pm
Grits with salt-n-pepper, as opposed to sugar for a start.
I've only done cheese-&-garlic grits. Although one time, I was at a breakfast buffet where there were some white grits and I did some butter/salt/pepper.

I don't think it would ever have occurred to me that one could put sugar on grits. Why? Do you guys put sugar on your mashed potatoes too?
Sugar on mashed potatoes? Are you racist?

Southerners only put sugar in things that need it. Like tea. Not cornbread.
My wife coats her cornbread with honey.
You got me over a barrel here. I'm not gonna run down a man's wife, even if the act is really REALLY weird.

So let's unpack this... Is your wife a yankee? It's possible she just doesn't know better.
Her family is from the foothills of the Ozarks. I assume it's the country in her. I have tried it and its not bad but I prefer my cornbread with jalapenos.
Pumpkin Ale is more American than apple pie! -Tuttle

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Re: Hoppin' John

Post by JimVH » Thu Sep 13, 2018 9:12 am

Jester wrote:
Thu Sep 13, 2018 6:22 am
sysiphus wrote:
Thu Sep 13, 2018 6:06 am
Jester wrote:
Thu Sep 13, 2018 5:59 am
sysiphus wrote:
Thu Sep 13, 2018 4:44 am
Del wrote:
Wed Sep 12, 2018 8:26 pm
sysiphus wrote:
Wed Sep 12, 2018 7:13 pm
Grits with salt-n-pepper, as opposed to sugar for a start.
I've only done cheese-&-garlic grits. Although one time, I was at a breakfast buffet where there were some white grits and I did some butter/salt/pepper.

I don't think it would ever have occurred to me that one could put sugar on grits. Why? Do you guys put sugar on your mashed potatoes too?
Sugar on mashed potatoes? Are you racist?

Southerners only put sugar in things that need it. Like tea. Not cornbread.
My wife coats her cornbread with honey.
You got me over a barrel here. I'm not gonna run down a man's wife, even if the act is really REALLY weird.

So let's unpack this... Is your wife a yankee? It's possible she just doesn't know better.
Her family is from the foothills of the Ozarks. I assume it's the country in her. I have tried it and its not bad but I prefer my cornbread with jalapenos.
Either way, leftover cornbread is best served under a goodly amount of buttermilk and properly dusted with black pepper.

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Re: Hoppin' John

Post by coco » Thu Sep 13, 2018 9:17 am

JimVH wrote:
Thu Sep 13, 2018 9:12 am
Jester wrote:
Thu Sep 13, 2018 6:22 am
sysiphus wrote:
Thu Sep 13, 2018 6:06 am
Jester wrote:
Thu Sep 13, 2018 5:59 am
sysiphus wrote:
Thu Sep 13, 2018 4:44 am
Del wrote:
Wed Sep 12, 2018 8:26 pm
sysiphus wrote:
Wed Sep 12, 2018 7:13 pm
Grits with salt-n-pepper, as opposed to sugar for a start.
I've only done cheese-&-garlic grits. Although one time, I was at a breakfast buffet where there were some white grits and I did some butter/salt/pepper.

I don't think it would ever have occurred to me that one could put sugar on grits. Why? Do you guys put sugar on your mashed potatoes too?
Sugar on mashed potatoes? Are you racist?

Southerners only put sugar in things that need it. Like tea. Not cornbread.
My wife coats her cornbread with honey.
You got me over a barrel here. I'm not gonna run down a man's wife, even if the act is really REALLY weird.

So let's unpack this... Is your wife a yankee? It's possible she just doesn't know better.
Her family is from the foothills of the Ozarks. I assume it's the country in her. I have tried it and its not bad but I prefer my cornbread with jalapenos.
Either way, leftover cornbread is best served under a goodly amount of buttermilk and properly dusted with black pepper.
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Re: Hoppin' John

Post by UncleBob » Thu Sep 13, 2018 9:20 am

coco wrote:
Thu Sep 13, 2018 9:17 am
JimVH wrote:
Thu Sep 13, 2018 9:12 am
Jester wrote:
Thu Sep 13, 2018 6:22 am
sysiphus wrote:
Thu Sep 13, 2018 6:06 am
Jester wrote:
Thu Sep 13, 2018 5:59 am
sysiphus wrote:
Thu Sep 13, 2018 4:44 am
Del wrote:
Wed Sep 12, 2018 8:26 pm
sysiphus wrote:
Wed Sep 12, 2018 7:13 pm
Grits with salt-n-pepper, as opposed to sugar for a start.
I've only done cheese-&-garlic grits. Although one time, I was at a breakfast buffet where there were some white grits and I did some butter/salt/pepper.

I don't think it would ever have occurred to me that one could put sugar on grits. Why? Do you guys put sugar on your mashed potatoes too?
Sugar on mashed potatoes? Are you racist?

Southerners only put sugar in things that need it. Like tea. Not cornbread.
My wife coats her cornbread with honey.
You got me over a barrel here. I'm not gonna run down a man's wife, even if the act is really REALLY weird.

So let's unpack this... Is your wife a yankee? It's possible she just doesn't know better.
Her family is from the foothills of the Ozarks. I assume it's the country in her. I have tried it and its not bad but I prefer my cornbread with jalapenos.
Either way, leftover cornbread is best served under a goodly amount of buttermilk and properly dusted with black pepper.
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Re: Hoppin' John

Post by TNLawPiper » Thu Sep 13, 2018 9:29 am

Jester wrote:
Thu Sep 13, 2018 6:22 am
sysiphus wrote:
Thu Sep 13, 2018 6:06 am
Jester wrote:
Thu Sep 13, 2018 5:59 am
sysiphus wrote:
Thu Sep 13, 2018 4:44 am
Del wrote:
Wed Sep 12, 2018 8:26 pm
sysiphus wrote:
Wed Sep 12, 2018 7:13 pm
Grits with salt-n-pepper, as opposed to sugar for a start.
I've only done cheese-&-garlic grits. Although one time, I was at a breakfast buffet where there were some white grits and I did some butter/salt/pepper.

I don't think it would ever have occurred to me that one could put sugar on grits. Why? Do you guys put sugar on your mashed potatoes too?
Sugar on mashed potatoes? Are you racist?

Southerners only put sugar in things that need it. Like tea. Not cornbread.
My wife coats her cornbread with honey.
You got me over a barrel here. I'm not gonna run down a man's wife, even if the act is really REALLY weird.

So let's unpack this... Is your wife a yankee? It's possible she just doesn't know better.
Her family is from the foothills of the Ozarks. I assume it's the country in her. I have tried it and its not bad but I prefer my cornbread with jalapenos.
Ah, so what you're saying is that she's not actually southern. That makes so much more sense. :lol:
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Re: Hoppin' John

Post by TNLawPiper » Thu Sep 13, 2018 9:38 am

Creamed sweet corn is like manna from Heaven.

I grew up eating white acre peas, which are like a smaller, green version of black eyed peas. We didn't eat Hoppin' John, but we did eat black eyed peas on New Year's Day.

Also, turnips and their greens. A collard pales in comparison.

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Re: Hoppin' John

Post by JimVH » Thu Sep 13, 2018 10:55 am

TNLawPiper wrote:
Thu Sep 13, 2018 9:38 am
Creamed sweet corn is like manna from Heaven.
+yep

Creamed peas are mighty fine, too.

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Re: Hoppin' John

Post by Jocose » Thu Sep 13, 2018 3:05 pm

JimVH wrote:
Thu Sep 13, 2018 10:55 am
TNLawPiper wrote:
Thu Sep 13, 2018 9:38 am
Creamed sweet corn is like manna from Heaven.
+yep

Creamed peas are mighty fine, too.
Meh

Green Peas with Mayonnaise is where it's at.
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Re: Hoppin' John

Post by coco » Thu Sep 13, 2018 4:29 pm

We are having tacos for supper. It's Southern, just farther south than the Deep South.
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Re: Hoppin' John

Post by Del » Thu Sep 13, 2018 5:22 pm

Hoppin' John heats up nicely for leftovers.

Which is fortunate, because I made a very large batch, and it's gonna be around for a while.
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