Hoppin John Recipe
December 31, 2010 by staff
Hoppin John Recipe, Alecia Warnock turned a Christmas tradition in a food business booming. The catering part-time and full time mom of two began giving friends of his jars of tomato chutney condiment signed two decades ago. Then, one fateful year, it added a new friend to the Christmas list. This friend was the chef Frank Stitt, who was just starting to have great success with his Highland Bar and Grill and Bottega restaurants. Chef Stitt liked the tomato chutney so Warnock said that if she could produce enough of the substance; it would be to incorporate it into different dishes in restaurants.
Alecia Warnock chutney is so delicious and unique that it did not take long for customers Stitt start asking questions about the mystery ingredient thick brown. Word filtered Stitt kitchen staff to other leaders about Frank’s new discovery, and how it could be done if you befriended the lady right in Leeds. It did not take long for Warnock to have such a demand for chutney convince her husband, Prince Warnock, Sr. to renovate a tiny, dilapidated guard on their property in a commercial kitchen capable of producing lots of tomato chutney enough to bring a viable product on the market.
Fifteen years later, the line of his Alecia specialty foods can be found in Piggly Wiggly stores and Western Supermarket in Birmingham area, and the market of V. Richard Clairmont on the market and Catherine Martin at the lake. In addition, it cranks gallons of the substance for use by chefs and restaurants. Tomato chutney has always been the flagship brand and the remains of his best-seller. I had my first experience with Guillermo Castro Luna y Sol in Lakeview, on his steak Sabana. I bought a jar on my next trip to the store and use it at home all the time. Ms. Warnock is now his son, Prince Warnock Jr., overseeing much of the production, and has expanded the product range to include peach chutney that is just as wonderful as the original. Chipotle chutney is scheduled for introduction in spring 2011.
“I am pleased with our success,” said Warnock, “but I hope we never grow up our little kitchen in the cottage. It’s really not about the money. I always do for the love of food and kitchen gifts. But recent developments threaten to expand production by leaps and bounds. Two local franchises, and Taziki Baha Burgers, integrated into chutneys Alecia popular menu items. The two chains are opening new restaurant units where the possibilities of expansion can be found. Each new location means more gallons of product Alecia to ship out of the kitchen house in Leeds.
In addition to its three flavors of chutney, Warnock rise to reintroduce its line of dry mixes for soups, which are based around her favorite variety of rice from a single supplier in the handlebars, with a pedigree Louisiana rice you know what must be a divine red beans and rice. I can not wait for time to cool down again so I can cook up the sample, she shared with me. It introduces the origin of the line several years ago, but he fired when the market is saturated with many products of lower quality competitors. When the store supplies failed, loyal customers began to contact Warnock, trying to get his special recipes. The 17 bean soup is almost impossible to replicate, as most ingredients are not available, even in larger supermarkets. She has also prevailed upon Chief Stitt, who earned its products began to do a recipe exchange. Chef Stitt uses tomato chutney Alecia over his “Hoppin ‘John dish” rice, so he left Alecia share his recipe for “Hoppin’ John” as part of its line of soup. Black beans with yellow rice round on four offers dry soup mix.
The holidays are the busiest of the year Warnock. It took a few tries for me to be able to establish an interview time when the founder Alecia could sit and talk with his son. Prince Warnock Jr. spent several years as Assistant Chief of Fisheries and hot Hot Club and the Standard Bistro. Now he is busy as a single man can help his parents with their business. There are other exciting products being developed in collaboration with other leaders Birmingham leader, but they are not close enough on the market for me to be able to reveal here. He gave me a simple recipe that I intend to try this summer. Mix all the ingredients for a vanilla ice cream right in your ice cream mix. But before closing the lid, add a jar of chutney Alecia Peach. That should tell you everything you need to know why Alecia has been so successful with its chutneys. They are so good they can do things that are already delicious taste even better.
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