Frieda's Hoppin' John

Ingredients

6 ounces pkgs. Frieda’s Dried Blackeyed Peas, quick-soaked according to package directions and drained
4 1/2 cups water
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, minced or 1 tsp. dried thyme, crushed
1 cup onion, chopped
1 cup red or green bell pepper, chopped
1/2 cup celery, minced
1/4 cup parsley, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 package to 3 Frieda's Fresh Habanero Chiles, seeded and finely minced (or Dried Habaneros, reconstituted accordi
Salt and pepper to taste

Preparation

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This hoppin' version of a traditional Southern dish is spicy with one Habanero chile, extra-gutsy with two, and fire with three! Use dried habaneros if you like a slightly milder, smokier flavor.
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Cups uncooked long-grain white rice
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Oz pkgs. Frieda’s Dried Blackeyed Peas, cooked according to package directions and drained
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Cups water
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Tbsp. fresh thyme, minced or 1 tsp. dried thyme, crushed
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Frieda's Bay Leaf
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Strips bacon
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Cup onion, chopped
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Cup red or green bell pepper, chopped
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Cup celery, minced
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Cup parsley, chopped
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Clove garlic, minced
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To 3 Frieda's Fresh Habanero Chiles, seeded and finely minced (or Dried Habaneros, reconstituted according to package directions)
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Salt and pepper to taste
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In a Dutch oven, place rice with pre-soaked blackeyed peas and water. Stir in thyme and bay leaf. Cover and bring mixture to boiling. Uncover and reduce heat; simmer 15 to 18 minutes or until rice and beans are done, checking to make sure mixture does not boil dry.
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Meanwhile, in a medium skillet, cook bacon until crisp. Drain bacon on paper toweling, reserving 2 tablespoons drippings in skillet. Add onion, bell pepper, celery, parsley, garlic, and chile to drippings in pan. Saute about 3 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Crumble bacon; add to skillet. Remove from heat.
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When rice and beans are done, drain off any excess liquid. Remove bay leaf. Stir bacon mixture into rice and beans. Serve to taste. Makes 5 servings.

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This hoppin' version of a traditional Southern dish is spicy with one Habanero chile, extra-gutsy with two, and fire with three! Use dried habaneros if you like a slightly milder, smokier flavor.

You can also use pre-soaked blackeyed peas in the tub, available in the refrigerated section of the produce department.

Dried Blackeyed Peas don't need to be soaked overnight like other beans. Use a quick-soak method: Bring to a boil and then turn off heat. Let sit in pot, covered, for 45 minutes, then drain and cook as recipe directs.

Yield:

5.0

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Thursday, December 10, 2009 - 5:25pm

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