Hoppin John Casserole

Hoppin’ John Casserole Recipe –  dirty rice loaded, smoked sausage, black eyed peas, and fried onions. SO good and SUPER easy to make! Zatarain’s Dirty Rice, sour cream, cream of chicken soup, black-eyed peas, Rotel diced tomatoes and green chiles, smoked or andouille sausage, and french fried onions. Whip this up for New Year’s Day for a promise of good fortune and great flavor!

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Black Eyed Peas and Rice Casserole

This Hoppin’ John Casserole is loaded with all our favorites! Black eyed peas, sausage, Rotel diced tomatoes and green chiles, dirty rice, and fried onions. It is ridiculously good! All you need is a side of greens and some homemade cornbread and you are all set for your New Year’s Day meal!

Black Eyed Peas for New Year’s Day

Black-eyed peas are a MUST on New Year’s Day in the South. Legend has it that if you eat black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day you will have good luck and prosperity in the new year. 

The traditional meal is black eyed peas, collard greens, and cornbread

Black-eyed Peas represent “coins,” collard greens represent money or “green backs”, cornbread represents “gold,” and if tomatoes are added to Hoppin’ John it symbolizes “health”.

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How to Make Hoppin’ John Casserole

This dish is super easy to make with only a few simple ingredients. In a large skillet or pot, cook smoked pork sausage until golden brown. Add a box of dirty rice mix and the ingredients called for on the box. Bring mixture to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce to medium-low heat and simmer until the rice is tender. Remove the skillet from heat.

Stir in canned black eyed peas, cream of chicken soup, Rotel diced tomatoes and green chiles, and sour cream to the cooked dirty rice. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste. Spread the rice mixture into a baking dish and sprinkle with French fried onions. Bake the casserole uncovered in a preheated oven. Garnish with parsley or green onions.

Helpful Tips & Frequently Asked Questions

  • What can I add to Hoppin’ John Recipe?
    • collard greens or mustard greens
    • spinach
    • onions
    • bell pepper
    • celery stalks
  • Can substitute smoked turkey sausage, cooked ham hock, or bacon.
  • For extra flavor substitute no-salt chicken broth for the liquid in the rice.
  • Here is our recipe for Homemade Cream of Chicken Soup: https://www.plainchicken.com/homemade-cream-of-chicken-soup/
  • Is Hoppin’ John spicy? There is a little kick from the Rotel, but I wouldn’t say this is spicy.
    • If you are worried about the heat, use MILD Rotel or omit them altogether.
    • For a spicier dish, add jalapenos, a dash of cayenne pepper, smoked paprika, or red pepper flakes.
    • You can also add a heaping teaspoon of Cajun Seasoning to the dish.
  • Can Hoppin’ John Casserole be made in advance? Yes! Assemble the casserole and cover the baking dish with plastic wrap. Place in the refrigerator overnight before baking.
    • If using a glass baking dish, bring the dish to room temperature before baking.
  • Can Hoppin’ John Casserole be frozen? Yes! Assemble the casserole and cool completely. Cover the pan with plastic wrap and aluminum foil. Place in the freezer for up to 3 months.
    • To bake, thaw the pan overnight in the refrigerator and bake as directed.
  • Storage tips: store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge.
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Hoppin’ John Recipe for New Year’s Day

This casserole is a must at our house for the holidays. This is also great at any time of the year. This is a very filling casserole. You don’t need a lot of side dishes to go with it. We usually make some green beans or a salad, and some cornbread muffins.

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Hoppin’ John Casserole

Yield: 6 people
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Hoppin' John Casserole Recipe –  dirty rice loaded, smoked sausage, black eyed peas, and fried onions. SO good and SUPER easy to make! Can make in advance and refrigerate or freeze for later. Whip this up for New Year's Day for a promise of good fortune and great flavor!

Ingredients:

  • 1 (8-oz) box Zatarain’s Dirty Rice
  • 1 lb smoked sausage, chopped
  • 2 (15-oz) cans black eyed peas, drain and rinse
  • 1 (10-oz) can Rotel diced tomatoes and green chilies, drained
  • 1 (10.5-oz) can Cream of Chicken Soup, undiluted
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup French fried onions

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350ºF. Lightly spray a 9×13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  • In a large skillet, cook smoked sausage until starting to brown. Add dirty rice mix and water called for on the package. Prepare dirty rice according to package directions.
  • Remove dirty rice and sausage from heat. Stir in rinsed black-eyed peas, Rotel, cream of chicken soup, and sour cream.
  • Spread rice mixture into prepared baking dish. Top casserole with onions.
  • Bake uncovered for 30 minutes, until bubbly.

Notes:

  • What can I add to Hoppin’ John Recipe?
    • collard greens or mustard greens
    • spinach
    • onions
    • bell pepper
    • celery stalks
  • Can substitute smoked turkey sausage, cooked ham hock, or bacon.
  • For extra flavor substitute no-salt chicken broth for the liquid in the rice.
  • Here is our recipe for Homemade Cream of Chicken Soup
  • Is Hoppin’ Johnspicy? There is a little kick from the Rotel, but I wouldn’t say this is spicy.
    • If you are worried about the heat, use MILD Rotel or omit them altogether.
    • For a spicier dish, add jalapenos, a dash of cayenne pepper, smoked paprika, or red pepper flakes.
    • You can also add a heaping teaspoon of Cajun Seasoning to the dish.
  • Can Hoppin’ John Casserole be made in advance? Yes! Assemble the casserole and cover the baking dish with plastic wrap. Place in the refrigerator overnight before baking.
    • If using a glass baking dish, bring the dish to room temperature before baking.
  • Can Hoppin’ John Casserole be frozen? Yes! Assemble the casserole and cool completely. Cover the pan with plastic wrap and aluminum foil. Place in the freezer for up to 3 months.
    • To bake, thaw the pan overnight in the refrigerator and bake as directed.
  • Storage tips: store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge.

Steph

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  1. I really liked this casserole. I’m not a huge BEP fan so I always jueje them up by sautéing some chopped red onion and several gloves of minced garlic in olive oil, then adding the peas with their liquid, several bay leaves, 1 tsp sugar/sugar substitute and balsamic vinegar to taste (usually 2-3 tsp to start). I let the peas cook down in their own liquid and then added them to the casserole. The casserole does make a lot, but it was really delicious along with cheesy cornbread and braised mixed greens. I will definitely make it again. I also plan to share the link with others in my family that are always looking for a good casserole.

  2. Made this today. Happy New Year dish. It is wonderful. Made exactly as directed. Next time may add sautéed onions and try your homemade Cream of Chicken soup recipe. Thank you for sharing. Will definitely make this again for every New Years day. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

  3. Happy New Year – Hubs says this recipe is a keeper. I used andouille, what turned out to be an extremely spicy jalapeño, my own bechamel and added collard greens. So good. Here’s to health, wealth and good fortune for us all in 2023!

  4. Eating this right now with collard greens and corn bread and it’s very good! Took some of your suggestions and added sautéed onions and peppers and some creole seasoning. I will be making this again for sure.

  5. The Hoppin’ John Casserole is ahh-mazing!! I served this dish with some Collard Greens and Hot Water Cornbread. My sister and I need as much health, wealth, and prosperity we can get for the New Year. I will definitely be making this dish again in the near future. Thank you for sharing!

  6. Wow, made this tonight exactly as directed and it is definitely a keeper. Not too spicy, made a ton, and very tasty and filling. I would say this feeds 8 not 6. This is in our regular meal rotation for sure! 😊

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