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Review: Hoppin' John

Posted 10-24-2011 at 04:34 PM by medic2midwife
Updated 10-24-2011 at 04:46 PM by medic2midwife

Night 6: Hoppin' John

This is another hillbilly housewife recipe, however I modified it a bit to make it in the crock pot. I love having a delicious home cooked meal at the end of the day that I only had to put 20 minutes into in the morning. It's warm and yummy and ready to go when I'm ready for dinner. It's perfect for fall because my life seems to speed up with the kids in school and errands around every corner. This is a recipe you can make on the stove in under an hour so I'll include the original recipe, but I'll make notes of my changes.

Hoppin John Soup

1 pound of sausage, browned and crumbled
1 cup of chopped celery
2/3 cup onion, diced
1 clove of garlic, minced ***
1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
4 cups of water
2 (10 ounce) cans of chicken broth ***
1 (16 ounce) package of frozen black-eyed peas
1/4 teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes
1 cup of uncooked rice

1.Brown the sausage; drain on paper towels to remove the all the excess oil. In a large dutch oven or soup pot, saute the celery, onion, and garlic in the vegetable oil.

2.Once the veggies are nice and tender, add in the cooked sausage, water, chicken broth, frozen peas, and red pepper flakes. Simmer the soup for 30 minutes. ***

3.Stir in the uncooked rice. Simmer for 20 more minutes or until the rice is cooked. ***

***So, for the garlic, I always increase garlic in recipes. I LOVE GARLIC. Plus it's super good for you too. I increased to 4 cloves, but followed the rest of the recipe to size.

I cooked the sausage as directed, but I saved its grease and used that to fry up the vegetables instead for a better overall flavor and to save on my vegetable oil.

I also skipped the broth and chose a cheaper bullion broth mixture instead to save money. Broth is pricy but bullion is pennies and each cube/packet equals 1 cup of broth.

I then added everything, including the rice to the crock pot and let it simmer on low for the day. Roughly 6-7 hours, though I'm sure you can cut this in half on high and if you cooked it on the stove it'd be even less time.

The end result was a delicious slop. Basically the rice disolved in the crock pot. This has never happened to me in the past so I'm thinking it's an issue with the brand- I'll call and complain no doubt tomorrow. I think that to keep this a crock pot recipe, you should just do the meat/vegetable/broth mixture and void the water. Cook the rice seperately before serving and pour the hoppin john over the freshly cooked rice. Then you wont get gooey john! Otherwise, the flavors were great, I would like it a little hotter, so I'd add some extra red pepper flakes, maybe some chili powder and/or a hit of hot sauce. For such a low cost dish, it's not a total loss at all.

Here is my cost breakdown:

Johnsonville breakfast sausage 1.00 after coupon
Onion, Garlic, Broth and Pepper Flakes, pennies over time
Celery .99 a pound
Black Eyed Peas .99
Rice .50 after coupon
water and oil, free

This made one large crockpot full and equaled to around .34 a serving!!! I wonder if you can do it for even cheaper?
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