I've been listening to the Recipe Club podcast, and finally found a website where they publish all of the recipes that they talk about! This is fantastic, because I don't have to spend a ton of time searching for everything. Recently, they talked about "Daniel Reasor's Hoppin' John" recipe, which came worked perfectly a few weeks ago during the start of June gloom.
The recipe calls for black-eyed peas so it could be eaten on New Year's Day but I've never had those before so I got pinto beans instead. Excited to maybe try it with dried beans next time.
Luckily, I got some chunk ham from Vons for a really good price; they were having a sale. The recipe definitely says that this soup lives and dies by the ham and they're right. Do not use sliced deli ham! The final product was just on the edge of salty so I've adjusted the recipe below to account for that next time.
Adapted from Recipe Club
24oz canned beans (or dried beans, soaked overnight)
12oz canned diced tomatoes
3 cups low-sodium chicken stock
1 cup water
12 oz ham (smoked would be good)
2 Tbps butter
3 tsp molasses
1 sweet onion
1 yellow bell pepper
1 red bell pepper
Chop ham, bell peppers and onion into 1/2" cubes. In a large sauté pan, melt the butter and then add the ham, onion and red bell pepper (save the yellow for later). Sautee on medium-high until browned and dry. You need a sauté pan instead of a pot for this, for the surface area.
Add canned tomatoes, beans, chicken stock and water. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Stir in molasses.
Cover pan and simmer for an hour, covered. Taste and add salt if needed. Stir in the yellow bell pepper and simmer covered for 20 more minutes.
Cool covered for 5 minutes and serve over rice.