Recipe Review and Food Challenge: Hoppin’ John

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So I’ve got a new recipe to review for you all and I’m also giving myself a food challenge. I want to try to eat as many foods as possible on this list of 100 Must-Eat American Foods. I don’t think it will be possible to eat all of the foods on the list – some I think I would have a hard time finding here without paying a lot of money (like New Mexican Green Chiles or anything else that’s very specific to a place) and I’ve never tried Thin Mints and of course now I boycott the Girl Scouts so I won’t have the opportunity to try those. So far I’ve eat 32 of the things on the list. I don’t know if the link lets you see what I’ve tried (of course, I can see it because it’s my score), so if not, I’ll semi-narrate as I go down the list.

1. New York Style Pizza – tried it

2. Hoppin’ John – that’s what I’m trying!

It’s a bit risky cooking something new when your in-laws are here, but they are good sports. This recipe is super new to me – I’ve never heard of Hoppin’ John before and I’ve never even tried black-eyed peas before, but I’m giving them both a whirl. I decided to go with the Pioneer Woman’s version of this recipe because you know, it’s Pioneer Woman and if someone is going to steer you right in the food department, it’s her.

We were all pretty impressed with this dish. It was both tasty and filling and a great way to get a lot of protein (from the beans). My in-laws liked it, as did Nick and I, but Dominic was more interested in playing with it than eating it (unfortunately). But, I would definitely make this again. It was quite tasty and it was definitely filling and it was not too hard either. For my version, I did follow a few of her variations – which was that I added tomatoes and I used bacon instead of a ham hock, because almost everything is improved with bacon. I also used canned black-eyed peas because the store I went to didn’t have any dried ones or fresh ones, so I cooked it a little less. But it still turned out fabulous.

It was delicious. Time to cross that off my list!

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