Hoppin' John or Black-Eyed Peas and Rice with "Garlic" is my contribution to 'Weekend Herb Blogging'. Kalyn is herself is hosting this week at "Kalyn's kitchen",thank you for that Kalyn.
Here is the most fascinating history of Garlic as explained by Peggy T. Filippone of 'homecooking.com'!!
Garlic is one of the most versatile flavors to ever grace a kitchen. It not only tastes wonderful,it's very good for you too. It is one of Mother Nature's most precious gift to cooks of all levels of expertise.Garlic (allium sativum) has "lovingly" been dubbed The Stinking Rose,yet it is actually a member of the lily (Liliaceae) family and a cousin to onions, leeks, chives, and shallots!(info:homecooking.com)
Hoppin' John/Black-Eyed Peas Rice with Garlic:
Hoppin' John is one of the popular 'Soul Food' and also considered as 'Good Luck' dish which is prepared on New Year's day in African American families as informed by a cookbook "A Taste of Heritage, The New African American Cuisine" by Chef Joe Randall and Toni Martin.
This dish is very simple with few ingredients but tasty and nutritious as you can see.Of course I added a few of my own vegetables.You see,I am from India and I NEED to see lot of colors in everything! ;D
Hope you give it try and enjoy the food for the soul!
1 cup (or 15oz)canned Black-Eyed Peas drained,1 cup rice any kind you like,cooked and cooled, 1/2 tbsp butter,1 small onion diced finely,2-3 Garlic chopped,1/2 Jalapeno minced,1 Tomato chopped,salt and 6 pepper corns crushed coarsely.I also added 1/2 cup Spinach cooked ,1 carrot grated,minced Cilantro and 1 tsp Cumin seeds powder for color and taste.
How To: Serves 2-3
Heat butter,saute onion,garlic and Jalapeno until sightly reddish at the edges.Add grated carrots saute for few mins.Add in Spinach,tomato and 1 tsp cumin seeds pd,fry until soft.
Add Black-eyed Peas ,mix well for few mins.Now,add cooked and cooled rice,salt and pepper to taste, mix and heat through.Sprinkle minced cilantro.Serve with Lemon slices if you like.
NOTE: If you feel that dish is a little dry,sprinkle few tbsps of water or veg stock on it and heat it again.You can skip the vegetables like Carrots and Spinach if you like.
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Enjoy the delicious and nutritious Hoppin' John!!:))