Hoppin’ John is a traditional peas and rice Southern dish. This recipe uses andouille sausage as the protein and includes other flavorful ingredients such as okra, peppers, celery and tomato. Recipe developed by Food Network Kitchen.
Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the sausage and okra; cook, stirring occasionally, until browned, about 2 minutes. Remove to a plate; cover to keep warm. Add the celery, bell pepper and scallion whites to the skillet. Cover and cook until the vegetables begin to soften, about 2 minutes.
Uncover the skillet; stir in the garlic, thyme and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Add the rice and stir to coat. Stir in the black-eyed peas and 2 cups water. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to a gentle simmer. Cover and cook until the liquid is absorbed and the rice is tender, about 18 minutes. Remove from the heat and let sit, covered, 5 minutes.
Fluff the rice with a fork. Stir in the sausage-okra mixture, the tomatoes and scallion greens.