Hoppin' John Party Dip
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Serves: many! Yields about 2½ cups of prepared dip
Traditional New Year's fare turned party dip! All the good things about Hoppin' John in a hummus-like bean dip that is always a hit!
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black eye peas, drained and rinsed OR about 2 cups cooked
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ⅓ cup finely diced onion
  • ¼ cup diced green bell pepper
  • ¼ cup diced celery
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 - 1½ cups low sodium chicken broth
  • vinegar-based hot sauce to taste
  • ¼ cup finely chopped ham OR cooked bacon, crumbled
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onions
  1. Pour the black eye peas into a large bowl.
  2. In a medium skillet heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Add the onion, bell pepper, celery, garlic, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. Cook over medium high heat until all the vegetables are soft and the onions take on a slight caramel color.
  3. Toss the vegetables with the black eye peas. Add to a food processor (or large blender OR see note) with the remaining tablespoon of oil and the white vinegar. Pulse and then add the chicken broth a little at a time until it moves easily and you have reached your desired consistency (I like mine thick - about the consistency of refried beans).
  4. Scrape the blended dip into a small saucepan and heat it over medium heat to your preferred serving temperature (this dip is still good cold but is best served warm). You can add a little more chicken broth if you need it.
  5. While the dip heats, toss the chopped ham into the pan you used to cook the onions and peppers. Lightly crisp in over medium high heat.
  6. Put the dip in a serving dish. Add the hot sauce and then garnish with the crisped ham and green onions.
  7. Serve with brown rice crackers or tortilla chips.
If you don't have a food processor or blender you can use the back of a fork to smash up and stir the beans. Same results, just a little more labor-intensive.
Recipe by Sugar Dish Me at https://www.sugardishme.com/hoppin-john-party-dip/