Vegan Hoppin’ John with Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie Option
Vegan Hoppin’ John is simple and inexpensive and, according to legend, may just ensure you a year of happiness and prosperity.
Hoppin’ John is traditionally made with Carolina Peas or Black Eye Peas, rice, and collard greens. The peas are “lucky” …
and the greens are for prosperity and wealth in the new year.
I can’t guarantee upcoming good fortune (tho I’m wishing it for you!), but I can vouch for how delicious this is.
Vegan Hoppin’ John is Stew for a Crew
This recipe makes a lot. Like a whole lot. It just seemed easier to make the full batch. If this is too much for you and yours, simply halve all the ingredients and cook the same way.
Vegan Hoppin' John with Shepherd's Pie option
Vegan Hoppin' John with Shepherd's Pie option is a simple and inexpensive mix of black eye peas, collards, and rice and, according to legend, may just ensure a year of happiness and prosperity.
- 1/2 lb collard greens cleaned and chopped
- 1 lb dried and soaked black eye peas pre-soaked, either overnight or quick soak method
- 1 cup coarsely chopped onion
- 1 cup coarsely chopped carrot
- 1 cup chopped celery, including leaves
- 4 cups water
- 2 tbsp garlic powder
- 2 tbsp onion powder
- 1 tbsp Better Than Bouillon paste
- 2 tsp liquid smoke
- 1 tsp pepper
- 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
- salt to taste
- 2 cups wild rice dried
Add all ingredients except rice to a slow cooker and cook on high for 4-8 hours.
During the last hour of cooking time, add the wild rice to the pot and continue to simmer until done.
Add more water as needed.
But what about ALL those leftovers? Turn them into Hoppin’ John Shepard’s Pie! I used a mix of sweet potatoes and white mashed potatoes for the top. Easy peasy!
Hoppin' John Shepard's Pie
Use the leftovers from your New Year's Day Hoppin' John to make this delicious shepherd's pie.
- 4 to 6 cups leftover Hoppin' John stew
- 1 1/2 cups cooked sweet potatoes
- 1 1/2 cups cooked white potatoes
- 1/2 cup unsweetened plant milk
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1/8 tsp cayenne
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 to 1 tsp salt or to taste
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1 tbsp vegan butter optional
Spread leftover Hoppin' John stew in a medium to large baking dish.
Mash all remaining ingredients together until smooth and well incorporated then spread over the top of leftover Hoppin' John stew.
Bake at 350 degrees F for 35 minutes, or until top begins to brown,
Try these Hoppin’ John Cornbread Sliders!
Vegan sliders? Yes! These Vegan Hoppin John cornbread sliders are cute, delicious, and super easy. They feature yummy black-eyed peas and are served on your favorite cornbread muffins.
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All the best for a happy and healthy New Year!
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