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Runs for Cookies: VEGAN RECIPE REVIEW: Hoppin’ John


Nicely, I did not find yourself with the ability to make the extra “adventurous” recipe that I hoped to strive yesterday. I needed to order an ingredient from Amazon and it ought to be right here as we speak. I’ll spoil the shock and let you know that I will try making vegan mozzarella “cheese”. To individuals who have eaten a vegan food plan for some time, it could not sound fascinating in any respect; however I simply cannot think about making one thing that actually resembles cheese! Supposedly, it is sliceable, shreddable, and meltable. So it’s going to be a enjoyable experiment.

As an alternative, I will write a evaluate of Hoppin’ John by Candy Potato Soul (I’ll hyperlink to it once more on the finish of the put up) that I made earlier this week. I might by no means had Hoppin’ John earlier than; I simply knew that it had black-eyed peas and rice. The elements for this vegan model had been very straight-forward–nothing that I would not have already got: cooking oil, onion, jalapeño, celery, garlic, brown rice, bay leaf, thyme, black pepper, vegetable broth, black-eyed peas, smoked paprika, sizzling sauce, and parsley.

Once I select recipes, I normally simply have a look at the elements and resolve if it sounds good. I do not learn by way of the instructions till it is time to prepare dinner, and after making this, I feel I ought to most likely try this. As soon as I began cooking, I noticed that the recipe stated so as to add the rice and “stir nicely” after which let it prepare dinner with the lid ajar. Later, you stir within the paprika.

It is no secret that I *love* rice. Once I prepare dinner rice, I by no means, ever stir it (until it is risotto or one other dish that’s meant to be creamy). I convey it to a boil, put the lid on tight, set the timer, and when the timer goes off, I take away the lid and use a skewer to stir it–sounds odd to stir with a skewer, but it surely retains the rice from clumping collectively and/or getting gummy. Stirring whereas cooking results in gummy rice as nicely.

Nonetheless, I went towards my instincts and adopted the recipe as-written.

First, warmth the oil and prepare dinner the onions, celery, and jalapeño.

Add the garlic and brown rice, stir nicely (no liquid at this level, so it was simply toasting the rice a bit).

Add the bay leaf, thyme, black pepper, and broth. Stir nicely, then cowl with lid, leaving it ajar. 

Prepare dinner 10 minutes, then add the black-eyed peas. Prepare dinner till rice is tender. Stir within the smoked paprika. I *actually* did not wish to stir it at this level as a result of I may see that it was a bit clumpy. I stirred within the paprika as gently as I may, but it surely wasn’t turning out nicely. The black-eyed peas had been mushy from cooking so lengthy with the brown rice (brown rice takes some time to prepare dinner). And positive sufficient, the entire dish was very gummy.

This image exhibits the feel slightly higher: 

Jerry and I every took a bowl of it and gave it a style. The flavors had been nice! If not for the feel, I’d have actually favored it. I will make it again–maybe attempting out totally different recipe–but I’d positively both prepare dinner the rice individually or I would not stir it or open the lid whereas the rice was cooking. I’d additionally wait till the final 5 minutes or so so as to add the black-eyed peas in order that they do not get mushy.

I made this hoping that Jerry and the youngsters would really like it (I wish to discover just a few go-to vegan meals that the entire household likes). Jerry thought it was good; like me, he favored the flavors however thought the feel was gummy (I do not like that I maintain utilizing that phrase, but it surely’s the easiest way to explain it). The children took a chew and so they weren’t wowed however stated it was okay.

Total, the flavors had been nice! I similar to rice to be mild and fluffy, so the feel was the disappointing half for me. I do not suppose I’ve ever cooked with black-eyed peas before–I solely ever use them in a bean dip that does not require cooking. It simply by no means happens to me to make use of them instead of different beans sometimes–so after making this, I’m impressed to strive them in different recipes. Kroger places the black-eyed peas with the canned peas and never with the beans, so I at all times overlook about them.

You could find this full recipe for Hoppin’ John at Candy Potato Soul.

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