A New Discovery at the Grocery Store

I generally don’t spend much time poking around the frozen food aisle at the grocery store but maybe I ought to start.

Recipe for Hoppin John from the “Carolina Housewife” cookbook, published in 1847

Last week, I discovered 16 oz packages of frozen black eyed peas.  I LOVE black eyed peas, in particular, fresh black eyed peas.  But, aside from a brief window of opportunity around New Year’s (when they are a traditional food that is served), I’ve never been able to find them.  So I grabbed a package then went home and made a brothy greens filled Hoppin’ John that the whole family loved.   Here’s the idea: 

Heat a tablespoonful of olive oil in a large stockpot.  Dice a small onion, chop a few garlic cloves and saute in the hot oil.  Add about a half cup of smoked ham; saute together until the onion starts to brown.   Stir in about 30 oz of chicken or vegetable broth.  Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.  Add package of frozen black eyes peas; simmer until tender (about 30 minutes).  In the last 5 minutes of cooking time, add a cup or so of cooked rice and a 20 oz package of fresh spinach.  Heat through and add salt and pepper to taste.  Ladle into bowls , topped with chopped tomato and a spoonful of grated parmesan cheese. 

Serve with extra cheese, hot sauce,  lemon wedges and a sturdy everyday red wine from First Vine.    These light- to medium-bodied reds retail between $10 – $15/bottle and they go with just about everything.  Don’t be afraid to serve them when it’s warm, and give them a 20-minute rest in the fridge if you like.

Bon appetit!

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2 Responses to A New Discovery at the Grocery Store

  1. I’m embarrassed to say I’ve never had Black Eyed Peas….looks like I’ll have to give them a try!

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