California Hoppin’ John
    Servings Prep Time
    6people 20minutes
    Cook Time
    90minutes
    Servings Prep Time
    6people 20minutes
    Cook Time
    90minutes
    Ingredients
    Instructions
    Prepare black-eyed peas and rice
    1. Cook rice according to package instructions.
    2. While the rice is cooking, bring 2 quarts water to a boil over high heat in a large pan. Add peas; reduce the heat, and simmer until tender (about 50 minutes)
    3. Drain and rinse the peas and combine with the prepared rice.
    Prepare soup
    1. Chop the onion, mince the garlic, and dice the chicken sausage
    2. Heat oil in pan over medium heat. Add onion and cook until tender. (About 3 minutes)
    3. Add garlic and cook an additional minute. Continue stirring to keep garlic from burning.
    4. Add cumin and cook for an additional minute, stirring constantly.
    5. Add tomatoes, chiles, kale, chicken sausage, and chicken broth. Also add the jalapeños if you are using them. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 25 minutes.
    6. Remove and discard the jalapeños. Add rice and peas and heat through.
    Recipe Notes

    You can prepare the peas in advance and either refrigerate up to a day or set aside for use later the same day. By preparing the rice separately, it reduces the starchiness of the soup. You may use your favorite type of rice and the correct amount of liquid to prepare according to package instructions and store with the peas. The jalapeños are optional, but will add a little bit of spice to the soup. Just be sure to remove them at the end!