Found this recipe at a big Christmas get-together. Don't know who gets the real credit for creating this recipe, but it is easy and really, really good! Just a little kick and very filling. Sure to be a hit at any get-together.


Recipe Summary

15 mins
1 hr 20 mins
5 mins
1 hr 40 mins
8 servings


Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Combine rice mix, water, and butter in a saucepan. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, until rice is tender, about 25 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork.

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a large casserole dish lightly with cooking spray.

  • Cook and stir sausage in a large skillet over medium heat until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes. Drain, reserving some grease in the skillet, and place in a bowl.

  • Cook and stir onion and green bell pepper in the skillet until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in rice, sausage, and hoppin' John until evenly distributed. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to the prepared casserole dish.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until heated through, 30 to 35 minutes. Sprinkle Cheddar cheese on top. Continue baking until cheese is melted, about 10 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

Small portions can be frozen for quick and easy dinner later.

Can be made spicer with hot sausage or adding more hot peppers.

Nutrition Facts

370 calories; protein 17.5g; carbohydrates 30.9g; fat 19.8g; cholesterol 51.1mg; sodium 1338.8mg. Full Nutrition