06 January 2009

Recipe: Earlene's Easy Hoppin' John Soup for the New Year!

Earlene’s Easy Hoppin’ John Soup

After a devastating 2008 full of nature’s hurricanes and the financial ones like job loss, bankruptcy both personal and business and home foreclosures, there are a millions of Americans who could sure use some good luck right about now.

Life events like these that probably precipitated recipes to start off the New Year with good luck. Everyone wants a prosperous easier life when battered by harsh financial or health winds.

This recipe serves 6. From Earlene Richards Strother of Clayton, Georgia.

Ingredients:

1 medium onion, chopped

1 Tablespoon chopped garlic

2 Tablespoons olive oil

2 Tablespoons flour

1 (10-oz.) can Ro-tel tomatoes (I use original; you may want to use the mild version. Ro-tel tomatoes are diced with jalapenos.)

1 can chicken broth

4 to 6 ozs. chopped Black Forest (or other deli ham)

2 cans black-eyed peas (I use Bush’s brand)

Cooked rice

Sour cream, chopped green onions and cornbread, optional


Directions:

Sauté onion and garlic in olive oil. Stir in flour when sautéed. Coat onion and garlic with the flour.

Add Ro-tel tomatoes and about ½ can of chicken broth and stir.

Add ham. Stir and reduce heat.

Process one can of black-eyed peas in blender or food processor until creamy. Add to mixture.

Add remaining can of whole peas.

Stir and simmer about 20 minutes. Add remaining chicken broth as needed for desired soup thickness. The soup does NOT seem to need salt added.

Serve over a scoop of cooked hot rice. Garnish with a dollop of sour cream and chopped green onions. A good slice of cornbread goes well with this.
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