I wrote earlier about having hoppin’ john with Italian sausage when I visited my camping friends over the weekend. Today I decided to tweak the recipe a bit – with good results. Here’s my recipe:

Hoppin’ John with Sausage
3 cans black-eyed peas
2 cans Ro-Tel tomatoes w/jalapenos
1 large can diced tomatoes
1 pound Italian or summer sausage (I bought the lower fat variety made from turkey)
approx. 1-2 cups cooked rice (more or less depending on your preference)

Slice the sausage into bite-sized pieces. Throw everything in a saucepan and simmer. That’s it – an extremely simple meal. You can make smaller amounts, but I deliberately made a big batch so I’d have several packages to freeze for quick meals later. It is mildly spicy but absolutely delicious!

I usually buy the “mild” Ro-tel because I don’t like highly spicey dishes.  So it’s your preference.  You can also leave out the rice until it’s time to serve the dish, and then spoon the other on top of the rice.  RT loves this dish.  It is also great as a camp-out dish.

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