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New Year's Pork, Beans, and Corn Recipes From The South
New Year's Pork
HOPPIN' JOHN (blackeye peas & pork for good luck)
- 1 pound dry blackeye peas
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 pound smoked sausage, cut into cubes
- 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
- 1 can (12 oz) Rotel brand tomatoes with spices or Jalapenos, or a good store brand of the same type
- 1 cup cooked rice, any kind
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- Fresh ground black pepper to taste
- Diced green bell pepper for garnish, optional
- Sort and rinse the peas in a large sieve or colander and place them in a large pot.
- Cover the peas with water to about 2 inches above the peas.
- Add the salt and cook covered on low heat for 3 hours, stirring occasionally. Check to see if the peas or tender; if not, cook a while longer.
- If peas become dry, bring some amount of water to a boil in another pan or the microwave and add it to the peas until they are the desired consistency.
- When the beans softened to your taste, add the sausage, onion, and tomatoes and simmer for about 45 minutes longer.
- Finally, add the rice, oregano, and black pepper and re-season with more salt, if needed.
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The Native North Americans in the East and South considered Corn, Beans, and Squash as mainstays of their diets. Corn could also be popped and sweetened!
- 8 cups popcorn, already popped
- 6 tbsp butter
- 3/4 cup brown sugar packed
- 3 tbsp light corn syrup
- Preheat oven to 300F.
- Spread your popped popcorn in a large baking pan.
- For caramel mix for the topping, in a medium saucepan, combine all of the brown sugar, butter, corn syrup and add 1/4 tsp salt if you use unsalted butter.
- Cook the caramel mixture over medium heat until the mixture boils.
- Continue to cook after the initial boil 5 minutes.
- Remove the caramel from the heat and it pour over popcorn.
- Toss quickly to coat the corn or you will have one large uneven blob.
- Bake in the oven for 15 minutes and then remove it and stir. Return the pan to the oven and bake for 5-10 minutes longer, until caramel coats the corn completely.
- Remove from oven. Turn popcorn out onto aluminum foil laid over clean kitchen towels or a large cutting board to cool.
- When cool, break into pieces and serve.
- Store any "remains" in zip-lock bags, but I bet you eat it all!
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