The Hubster and I like our rice dirty. Though, we have had to clean up our act, recently. Thanks in a large part to my food intolerances. No nightshades = no hot sauce = no dirty rice.
We have tried to find a comparable dish, but they all seem to be a little…lacking. Who knew the hot sauce would add so much flavor to the dish.
This Vegetarian version of a Hoppin’ John was our best attempt at rice and beans to date. Though I wouldn’t go claiming this to be the best beans and rice dish ever. It’s good, it’s just not that good.
Vegetarian Hoppin' John
- 1 cup uncooked white rice
- 2 cups vegetable stock
- 2 tbs olive oil
- 1 onion chopped
- 2-3 carrots chopped
- 2-3 stalks celery chopped
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 can black eyed peas
- 2 tbs balsamic vinegar
- salt and pepper to taste
Put rice and vegetable broth in a small-medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Turn heat down to a simmer, and cook until all liquid is absorbed, about 16-18 minutes. Set aside.
Heat olive oil in skillet and add onions. Cook for 3-4 minutes, until onions begin to turn translucent.
Add garlic, carrot, and celery. Cook for an additional 3-5 minutes.
Add black eyed peas and rice. Heat through.
Add balsamic vinegar. Mix thoroughly.
Season with salt and pepper to taste.