Hoppin’ Johns and Buttermilk Cornbread

7 Feb

How can black-eyed peas taste this good? They sound awful. 🙂

This past week we ventured out yet once again to try a new inexpensive, yummy, healthy recipe.  This delicious dish has only 260 calories per serving and serves eight so enjoy! 


  • 1 pound black-eyed peas: you will find these in the grocery store in the dry bean section.  (They taste a lot like navy beans I think.) 
  • 1 medium ham hock: (you could also a chicken carcass I would think.)
  • 8 c. Water
  • 1 can 14.5 oz diced tomatoes
  • 1 c. chopped celery
  • 1 c. chopped onion
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 1/4 t. basil
  • 2 t. chili powder
  • 1 cup uncooked brown rice.

Rinse peas and soak in water in a large stockpot overnight.  The next day combine all of the ingredients except the rice.  Mix well and simmer for 1 hour 20 minutes.  Remove the ham hock and remove the meat.  Place the meat back in the pot along with the rice.  Simmer about 1 hour or until the rice in tender.  Throw out the bay leaf.  Serve with cornbread-recipe below.

Buttermilk Cornbread

This cornbread is so yummy I have made it 3 times this past week!  I’m sure you will enjoy it too. 

In a bowl combine: 1 c. buttermilk (if you don’t have buttermilk take a cup of milk and add 1 T. lemon juice.  Allow to stand 5 minutes and you have buttermilk!), 1 beaten egg, 2 T. oil, 1/2 c. cornmeal.  Let soak 10 minutes.  Preheat oven to 350 and grease a 9″ iron skillet or pie pan.  Then add: 3/4 c. flour, 1/4 c. sugar, 1/2 T. baking powder, and 1/2 t. salt.  Pour into pan and bake at 350 for about 30 minutes or until a knife inserted comes out clean.  Enjoy!


3 Responses to “Hoppin’ Johns and Buttermilk Cornbread”

  1. Ann February 7, 2011 at 4:32 am #

    Looks yummy!!! You need some chow chow to go along with that!

  2. laurapete February 20, 2011 at 8:54 pm #

    I’m going to try and make this tonight to go with the roast beef I’m making.

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