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New Year's Pork, Beans, and Corn Recipes From The South

Updated on November 13, 2015
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New Year's Pork

HOPPIN' JOHN (blackeye peas & pork for good luck)

INGREDIENTS

  • 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

DIRECTIONS

  • 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!

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Caramel Corn

INGREDIENTS

  • 8 cups popcorn, already popped
  • 6 tbsp butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar packed
  • 3 tbsp light corn syrup

DIRECTIONS

  • 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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    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image
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      Patty Inglish 9 years ago from North America

      Thank you! - very good on pancakes.

    • gabriella05 profile image

      gabriella05 9 years ago from Oldham

      I love cooked apples, actually we all do

      Thank you Patty

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image
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      Patty Inglish 9 years ago from North America

      Fresh and still warm - yes, that's best. I wonder how dried cranberries in popcorn balls would be?

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      sunstreeks 9 years ago from Western Washington

      I love making Carmel Corn. Homemade is much better then store bought. When it's fresh and still warm it's the best. Those apples with raisins and cranberries sounds awesome.

      Great Recipes!

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image
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      Patty Inglish 9 years ago from North America

      Very good - I;m going to make some soon as well. Thanks Mr. Marmalade!

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      MrMarmalade 9 years ago from Sydney

      Val loves cooked apples.

      Have copied out for Val to cook.

      Thank you

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image
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      Patty Inglish 9 years ago from North America

      The apples really are good!

    • Mark Knowles profile image

      Mark Knowles 9 years ago

      The Apple recipe sounds great. I will have to try it. Good ides I had never thought of.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image
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      Patty Inglish 9 years ago from North America

      Teh corn is messy for my but delicious and I love the apples on pancakes! Thanks Stacie, I hope you try them. :)

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      Stacie Naczelnik 9 years ago from Seattle

      Those apples sound tasty. Mmm...caramel corn!