Vegan Hoppin John with Sausage
Vegan Hoppin’ John with Sausage is a tasty and nutritious stew that’s hearty enough to leave everyone satisfied! Easy to make in a crockpot!
Vegan Hoppin John is Hearty!
This stew is thick and hearty enough to fill up even the hungriest of eaters. It’s got loads of Black Eyed Peas, which are super-healthy legumes with tons of healthy carbs, protein, and fiber. I put in some Beyond Burger brand Italian sausages along with the usual carrots/onions/celery and a good measure of spices.
Great for the Crockpot, Instant Pot, or Stove Top
We threw this all in the crockpot last night and then went to bed. We woke up with the house smelling delicious and the stew was finished. I really like the crockpot and we use it all the time. But this recipe can just as easily be made in an Instant Pot. Just pressure cook for 15 minutes for firmer peas and 20 minutes for softer peas and then let the pressure release naturally for at least 15 minutes. On the stove, just bring to a boil, reduce the heat to medium and simmer gently for about an hour, stirring occasionally.
It all added up to a super filling and delicious stew that will easily feed a group or (in this case) just the two of us for days.
Black Eyed Peas are Good Luck
Tradition has it that eating black-eyed peas first thing on New Year’s Day will ensure good luck through the year. Their reputation as lucky is ancient. They’d had a varied history as a food of enslaved people and animals. Today, black-eyed peas have become a staple in Soul Food, Southern cooking, as well as on New Years Day for luck.
Vegan Sausage Makes This Delicious
I did add a generous amount of Beyond Meat Italian Sausage … an entire package of four sausages, sliced. The stew is totally delicious without them, as well, and has enough flavor to stand alone. So, add the sausage if you like it but also simply leave it out if you don’t!
Happy New Year to ALL!
Wishing you all the very best as we head into 2021!
Vegan Hoppin' John with Sausage
Vegan Hoppin' John with Sausage is a tasty and nutritious stew that's hearty enough to leave everyone satisfied! Easy to make in a crockpot or Instant Pot or on the stove!
- 1 lb dried black-eyed peas can substitute with four 15 oz canned
- 14 oz Beyond Meat Sausages, sliced optional
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 1 cup chopped celery
- 1 cup chopped carrots
- 1 cup chopped fresh parsley
- 2 tablespoons onion powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons celery seed
- 1/2 teaspoon thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon rosemary
- 1/2 teaspoon sage
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 tablespoons Better Than Bouillon or your favorite bouillon paste
- salt to taste, if needed
- 10 cups water or enough to cover
Add all ingredients to a crockpot, Instant Pot, or large soup pot.
If using a crockpot, use a large one. Add all ingredients to the crockpot and adjust the water to cover. Cook on high for about 4 hours or on low for 8 hours or overnight.
If using an Instant Pot, place all ingredients in the Instant Pot with enough water to cover. Pressure cook for 15 minutes for firmer peas and 20 minutes for softer peas and then let the pressure release naturally for at least 15 minutes.
If cooking on the stove, use a large, heavy-bottomed soup pot. Add all ingredients and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium and let simmer for about an hour, stirring occasionally. Add more water if needed.
It's NOT necessary to soak black-eyed peas. They do just fine cooking them straight from dried.
Here’s something a bit different using Black-Eyed Peas.
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.