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Big Mountain Hoppin' John with Big Brat Veggie Links

Hoppin' John is traditionally served for New Year’s. Well, here goes another tale! If you eat Hoppin’ John for New Year’s Day, wealth and good luck will be yours throughout the year! Hey, it doesn’t hurt to try!

To ring in the new year, I made a flavorful, festive, fun, and packed with nutrition, Hoppin’ John! This recipe features Big Mountain’s Lion’s Mane Mushroom Crumbles and Big Brat Veggie Links! And HeLLo my Hoppin’ John dish is deliciously VEGAN, you won’t miss the sausage! And guess what? It turned out so satisfying that I won’t be serving it only on New Year’s Day but every day throughout the year.

This post is a part of the Big Mountain Food’s Blogger Recipe Challenge! Bloggers were invited to take part in a recipe challenge. We were provided an generous collection for delicious vegan products compliments of Big Mountain Foods. Who would have thought eating Vegan could be so satisfying!


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Seriously, your palate will never get bored with the plethora of vegan products that Big Mountain Foods offers! Their products are pre-seasoned, pre-cooked and can be added into any meal as a replacement for meat. Think: lasagnas, enchiladas, salads, pasta, better than hot dogs & brats, tacos, pizzas, mac & cheese, burritos and veggie scrambles. Head to their website for plenty of vegan recipes!


I confess, I am not a vegan! But get this, I get tired of meat and welcome using Big Mountain Foods into my family’s weekly meals. Why, you may ask. I love the satisfying umami flavor, with no aftertaste, in all their products. The texture is outstanding too! I like how light I feel after eating Big Mountain Foods, no greasy bloated feeling!

The founder, Kimberly made it her mission, since the beginning, to produce real good food that tastes delicious without additives, substitutes or ingredients you can't pronounce! I so appreciate this! All Big Mountain Foods are free from common allergens, gluten, soy, and non-GMO! So I give this company and their products a 10-star!


Traditionally, Hoppin’ John resembles a stew, chili, or soup with a blend of black-eye peas, peppers, onions, celery, tomato and bay leaves. Of course, chefs and homecooks add their touch with various ingredients, spices. There is even room for differences in how the dish is served. White rice is probably the most traditional side dish. However, my Big Mountain Hoppin’ John with Veggie Links didn’t need a side dish! My version of this New Year’s Eve dish is rich, and fulfilling because of the Lion’s Mane Mushroom Crumble base. I LOVE LOVE LOVE Big Brats Veggie Links so I grilled slices of the link to top this the festive dish.

Why is Hoppin’ John served for New Year’s? One tale of Hoppin’ John is that he was an old man who hobbled the streets of Charleston selling peas and rice! Yet most food historians think the name derives from a French term for dried peas. No matter what the name-of-the-dish’s origin is there is one universal ingredient in Hoppin’ John, BLACK EYE PEAS!

Hoppin' John is traditionally served for New Year’s. Well, here goes another tale! If you eat Hoppin’ John for New Year’s Day, wealth and good luck will be your’s throughout the year! Hey, it doesn’t hurt to try!

LET'S GET HOPPIN’ and make some Big Mountain Hoppin’ John with Bratty Veggie Links! I know you will love it…and as always I wish you a year or wealth, health, and outstanding opportunities.


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Recipe: Big Mountain Hoppin' John with Big Brat Veggie Links
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Big Mountain Hoppin’ John with Big Brat Veggie Links

Course: Entree

Cuisine: American

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Eating Style: Standard, Vegetarian, Vegan, Everyone

Serves: 6


2 tablespoons avocado oil

1(pkg) Big Brat Veggie Links, slice diagonally in 1-inch pieces

1 (pkg) Lion’s Mane Mushroom Crumble

1 jalapeño, seeded & minced

1 cup chopped onion

½ cup diced green bell peppers

½ cup chopped red bell pepper or chopped mini peppers

½ cup diced celery

½ cup chopped carrots

1 cup shredded kale

4 cloves garlic, minced

2 teaspoons ground coriander

1 teaspoon ground cumin

2 teaspoons dried oregano

½ teaspoon fresh ground pepper

2 tablespoon chopped parsley

2 tablespoon chopped cilantro

1 cup freshly chopped tomatoes or 1 can (15 oz) fire roasted diced tomatoes

1 cup vegetable broth

3 cups cooked black eye peas

2 teaspoons agave syrup or sweetener of choice

Squeeze of lemon

Salt to taste


In a Dutch Oven, heat the oil over moderate heat. Brown the slices of Big Brat Veggie Links on both sides until golden brown. Remove from Dutch Oven, and set aside.

Combine in the Dutch Oven, jalapeño, onion, green and red bell peppers, celery, and carrots. Cook for 5 minutes, over medium heat, stirring frequently, to soften.

Add kale, garlic, coriander, cumin, oregano, and black pepper to the softened aromatics. Cook for 3 minutes over medium low to wilt kale.

Add Lion’s Mane Mushroom Crumble, parsley, cilantro, vegetable broth, tomatoes, black eye peas, and agave. Cook for 10 minutes, over low heat, stirring frequently, to meld flavors. Add lemon juice and salt to taste.

Note: Hoppin’ John can simmer on the stovetop for up until 30 minutes.

Garnish fresh cilantro, parsley, and lemon wedges.

Serves: 6



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