Monday, January 2, 2012

Hoppin into 2012

Hoppin John Patties

This year, I wanted to try something different with one of my family’s traditional southern recipes for black eye peas and rice. So we created Hoppin Johns Patties.
Hoppin Johns- is a traditional dish for good luck served for New Year derived from an African American southern dish consisting of black eye peas and rice cooked with pork or turkey, spices and vegetables.

Black eye peas are high in fiber, protein, potassium and other minerals. When combined with brown rice and vegetables the creation process unfolds. Check out my recipe and let me know what you think.
Hoppin John Patties by Meal Makers, Inc.
Hoppin John Patties                                          
Makes 8 patties      


8 ounces Mushrooms, cleaned and sliced

½ cup Onions, medium diced

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1 teaspoon ginger, minced

1 cubano pepper, small diced

1 Tablespoon Olive oil

½ teaspoon smoked paprika

½ teaspoon thyme leaves

½ teaspoon oregano

½ teaspoon allspice

1 teaspoon cumin

½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
Hoppin John Pattie with Mustard Greens

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon black pepper

2 cups brown rice, cooked

1(15 oz) can Black eye peas drained and rinsed

1-2 Tablespoon Canola oil


1.       Prep vegetables and gather ingredients.

2.       In a skillet over medium heat, add oil onions, ginger and garlic. Let cook stirring occasionally a few minutes then add mushroom. Continue to cook several minutes then add peppers. Cook vegetables until soft.  Add spice and seasonings to the pan and let cook 1 or 2 minutes longer.

3.       Place the Mushroom mixture in a food processer and then pulse several times until smooth. Add the mushroom mixture to the black eye peas and rice. And mix well to blend. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed.

4.       Add Mushroom mixture to a large bowl with black eye peas. Using a potato masher mash peas and mushroom mixture together three or four times. Leaving half of the peas un-mashed. Fold rice into the mixture with a spatula.

5.       Divide mixture and form into 8 equal size balls and roll into patties. Place on a wax paper line tray and refrigerate for 30 – 60 minutes.

6.       Heat a non-stick skillet with a little oil over medium flame. Add patties to the pan and brown on each side.
Serve hot with your favorite vegetables.
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