Hoppin' John

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Hoppin' John

Postby sarbar » Tue Dec 30, 2008 9:32 pm

I love making up a batch of Hoppin' John at least once a year! May you all have a happy and safe New Years! I made this up early for my family and my In-Laws :)

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Hopping John

Ingredients:

2 pieces bacon

2 small onions, chopped

2 large celery stalks, chopped

2 small or 1 very large green bell peppers, seeded and chopped

2 Tbsp fresh Thyme, leaves off of stems

6 cups lower sodium chicken broth

1 16-ounce package frozen black eyed peas or 2 15-ounce cans drained and rinsed

Directions:

In a large deep saucepan over medium heat cook the bacon till crisp. Take out the bacon and add in the vegetables and thyme. Crumble the bacon and add back in. Cook until the onion is turning golden, about 5 minutes.

Add in the broth and black eyed peas. Bring to a boil, then lower heat. Simmer until thickened, about 40 minutes. I leave a lid on the pot partially on to retain some steam.

Season to taste with pepper and salt, if you desire.

For the rice - this is my take on Alton Brown's Baked Rice:

Baked Brown Rice

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups brown rice
2 1/2 cups water
Drizzle of extra virgin olive oil

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 375*

Place the rice into an 8-inch square glass or 2 quart baking dish.

Bring the water and oil just to a boil in the microwave in a microwave safe glass bowl. Once the water boils, pour it over the rice, stir to combine, and cover the dish tightly with heavy-duty aluminum foil or lid. Bake on the middle rack of the oven for 1 hour.

After 1 hour, remove cover and fluff the rice with a fork. Serve immediately.

Serve the sauce on top of the rice.

Serves 4 to 6, depending on appetite.

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Re: Hoppin' John

Postby zelph » Tue Dec 30, 2008 11:45 pm

Looks good and sounds yummy. How'd it get it's name Hoppin' John any idea?

A happy and healthy new year to you and family and friends also.
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Re: Hoppin' John

Postby hoz » Wed Dec 31, 2008 9:01 am

zelph wrote:Looks good and sounds yummy. How'd it get it's name Hoppin' John any idea?

A happy and healthy new year to you and family and friends also.



Prolly because after eating it you'll be hoppin on and off the John.

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Re: Hoppin' John

Postby hoz » Wed Dec 31, 2008 9:21 am

Here's my recipe for KareKare. Oxtail Stew with peanut butter.

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1lb beef (round or sirloin cut) cut into cubes (for a more traditional kare kare, use cleaned beef tripe instead of beef)
1lb oxtails
1-2 cups of peanut butter
3 tbs grounded toasted rice or substitute wheat flour
1/2 cup cooked bagoong alamang (the secret ingredient)
2 onions, diced
2 heads of garlic, minced
4 tablespoons atsuete oil (also known as annato)
4 pieces eggplant, sliced 1 inch thick
1 bundle Bok choy cut into 2 pieces
1 bundle of string beans cut to 2" long
1/8 cup oil
8 cups of water
Salt to taste

Brown beef and oxtails in oil, add garlic, bagoong and annato at the end and reduce heat. Brown another minute or two while stirring, sprinkle flour while stirring.

Add water bring to boil then reduce heat to slowly simmer until beef and oxtails are tender.

Remove meat. Skim fat if you are health concerned. Remove 1cu broth, reduce the rest.

Add onions, green beans, later add eggplant, lastly bok choy. When all is tender remove vegetables.

Stir peanut butter in reserved broth and add to pot, simmer until thick.

Combine all ingredients, and heat through.

Serve over rice.
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Re: Hoppin' John

Postby sarbar » Wed Dec 31, 2008 9:22 am

Hoz,
Oxtails are something you don't see often - cool!
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Re: Hoppin' John

Postby hoz » Wed Dec 31, 2008 9:23 am

sarbar wrote:Hoz,
Oxtails are something you don't see often - cool!


Yeah, I buy mine in the Mexican Market, but the local WalMart also has them!

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Re: Hoppin' John

Postby zelph » Wed Dec 31, 2008 1:18 pm

hoz wrote:Here's my recipe for KareKare. Oxtail Stew with peanut butter.

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Brown beef and oxtails in oil, add garlic, bagoong and annato at the end and reduce heat. Brown another minute or two while stirring, sprinkle flour while stirring.

Add water bring to boil then reduce heat to slowly simmer until beef and oxtails are tender.

Remove meat. Skim fat if you are health concerned. Remove 1cu broth, reduce the rest.

Add onions, green beans, later add eggplant, lastly bok choy. When all is tender remove vegetables.

Stir peanut butter in reserved broth and add to pot, simmer until thick.

Combine all ingredients, and heat through.

Serve over rice.


Now that really sounds tasty tasty!!

I had to look up Atsuete oil.

also called annato oil.

used to color food naturally in the Asian countries especially in the Philippines. kare-kare or oxtail stew with vegetable will not have its orange color when annato is not used

atsuete or annato is fruit which contains little red seeds. the color of the fruit is green when unripe and turns to red when it ripens, the fruit is similar in appearance to "rambutan".

the fruit is dried first under the sun until it turns to brown color then it is split open to collect the red colored seeds.

to make annato oil, heat vegetable oil and fry the seeds in it. remove the seeds after all the colors are already transfered to the oil, be careful not over-toast the seeds.


Thanks HOZ, sounds like a dish that needs to made soon. :D
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Re: Hoppin' John

Postby hoz » Wed Dec 31, 2008 1:19 pm

Good luck with the Bagoong. It's an acquired taste.

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Re: Hoppin' John

Postby zelph » Wed Dec 31, 2008 2:14 pm

hoz wrote:Good luck with the Bagoong. It's an acquired taste.


I read up on it and decided to pass on using it. I like anchovies and shrimpy tasting stuff but fermented fish sounds a little overpowering as a flavoring agent. :D

Anything else for me to watch out for???? :mrgreen:
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Re: Hoppin' John

Postby hoz » Wed Dec 31, 2008 3:26 pm

No, that's the only ingredient that may "surprise" you. You can add more salt to taste (bagoong is very salty), still to me, it isn't KareKare without Bagoong!


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