Hopped-Up Hoppin' John

Hoppin' John is a Southern dish traditionally eaten on New Year's Day. This version is hopped up by adding carrots to make it a one-dish meal.

INGREDIENTS | SERVES 6–8

  • ½ pound thick-cut bacon, diced
  • 1 stalk celery, minced
  • 1 1-pound bag baby carrots
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 2 15-ounce cans black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained
  • 3 cups cooked long-grain rice
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  1. Add the bacon to a Dutch oven or stockpot; cook over medium heat until the fat begins to render out of the bacon. Add the celery; sauté for 2 minutes.

  2. Shred 4 of the baby carrots and add them to the pan with the celery; sauté for 1 minute. Add the onion and sauté for 5 minutes, or until transparent.

  3. Dice the remaining baby carrots by slicing them each into 4 or 5 pieces. Stir in the diced carrots, black-eyed peas, rice, and chicken broth. Bring to a simmer; cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 10 minutes or until the carrots are tender and the black-eyed peas are warmed through.

  4. Turn off the heat and let set, covered, for 10 minutes. Taste for seasoning; add salt and pepper if needed.

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