Vegan Classic Hoppin' John w/ Carolina Gold Rice, Black Eyed Peas, and Rice Paper Bacon
Difficulty: 3/5 (5 being hardest)
Spice Level: 2/3 (3 being spiciest)
Prep & Cook Time: 50-60 minutes
The Challenge: Classic Hoppin' John
Living in Atlanta, I know Southern cooking is one of the treasures of the USA, but it is not vegan-friendly. Hoppin John is a crazy delicious Southern cuisine dish that is made with ham hock or bacon, black eyed peas, rice, celery, and classic southern vegetables + spices. Not exactly a vegan treat! Let's change that.
I want to push Southern food to be more vegan! This dish - you'll love. It is a classic rice + beans dish. The key is a rice called Carolina gold rice, which is grown in South Carolina, and it is amazingly tasty. Obviously, if you don't have access to this a high-quality brown rice, golden rice, or even purple/jasmine rice will be nice. White rice has no flavor, so I wouldn't recommend it.
Additionally, we include black eyed peas, celery, leeks, peppers, and rice paper bacon. It creates a tasty, easy-to-make hearty, protein-packed dish that you will absolutely love! Southern flavors bring rice + beans to another level. Mm mmm mmmm. It's like magiccccc!
To take this dish to the next level, we include my world-famous (okay not yet) rice paper bacon to add an additionally delicious element to this amazing dish.
Let's get into it!
- 1.5 cups Carolina gold rice
- 3 cups vegetable broth
- 1.5 tbl olive oil
- 2 shallots, diced small
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 leek, diced
- 1 small poblano pepper, diced
- 2 celery stalks, diced small
- 15oz of black eyed peas, canned, drained + rinsed + dryed
- Spices: 2 tbl fresh thyme, 1/2 tsp bay leaf powder, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper, 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper, 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
Rice Paper Bacon
- 5 pieces of rice paper (spring roll sheets)
- 1 tbl olive oil
- 1 tbl nutritional yeast
- 1 tbl liquid aminos
- 1/4 tbl garlic salt
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp chipotle chili powder
- 1/4 tsp liquid smoke
- 1/4 tbl maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
- pinch or two of black pepper
- green onions, diced
Equipment You'll Need:
Cutting Board . Sharp Cutting Knife . Measuring Cups . Measuring Spoons . Medium Pot . Castiron Pan . Pastry Brush . Oven Pan . Silpat or Parchment Paper . Large Serving Bowl
Before You Cook:
- Bring rice + broth to boil in medium pot
- Wash + chop fresh ingredients