Hoppin’ John (Rice and Black-Eyed Peas)
Here’s a vegan rendition of a classic southern dish known as Hoppin’ John, featuring black-eyed peas and rice, often served on New Year’s Day for good luck.. Sometimes, a few coins are mixed in, and finding one in your helping brings good luck. Cooking up a big batch of Hoppin’ John seems like an appealing choice for New Year’s Day, though personally, I can pass on incorporating the metallic flavor of coins. Serve with coleslaw, garlicky greens, and cornbread. Adapted fromVegan Holiday Kitchen.
- 1 cup raw brown rice, rinsed
- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 links Tofurky or Field Roast vegan sausages, cut into 1/2-inch slices,
or 6 to 8 slices bacon-style tempeh strips, cut into small bits
- 1 large onion, finely chopped
- 3 to 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 14- to 16-ounce can diced tomatoes, with liquid
- 1 teaspoons dried basil
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- One 15-to 16-can black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed
- Dried hot red pepper flakes and/or smoked paprika, to taste
- Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
- 1/2 cup minced fresh parsley, plus more for topping if desired
- 1/4 cups sliced basil leaves, optional
Combine the rice with 2 1/2 cups water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer gently until the water is absorbed, about 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in an extra-wide skillet. Add the vegan sausage or tempeh strips and sauté over medium heat, stirring frequently, until golden brown on most sides, about 5 to 7 minutes total. Remove to a plate and set aside.
Heat the remaining oil in the same skillet. Add the onion and sauté over medium heat until translucent. Add the garlic and continue to sauté until the onion is golden.
Add the tomatoes, dried basil and thyme, and black-eyed peas. Cook for 5 minutes over low heat, then stir in the sausage and cook for 5 minutes longer.
Once the rice is done, stir it in, along with the reserved vegan sausage or tempeh bacon.
Season with the red pepper flakes and/or smoked paprika, salt, and lots of pepper. Stir together well and simmer over low heat for 10 to 15 minutes. Add a small amount of water to keep the mixture moist. Stir in the parsley and optional fresh basil.
Serve at once; pass around additional parsley for topping individual servings if desired.
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