It is time to turn the calendar to a new year. Celebrate the arrival of 2017 with the classic Happy New Year Hoppin’ John.
Tradition in the South dictates black eyed peas be served on New Year’s Day, it is thought to ensure prosperity for the upcoming year. It often served alongside cornbread to symbolize gold and collard greens to represent money. We think Hoppin’ John is so tasty that it should be served more than once a year.
- 5 cups chicken broth (such as Pacific Natural Foods®)
- 1 pound black eyed peas, rinsed and picked over
- 1 green or red bell pepper, finely chopped
- 1 carrot, peeled and finely chopped (optional)
- 1/2 sweet onion, finely chopped
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, more to taste
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper, more to taste
- 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1 smoked ham hock
- 2 cups cooked white or brown rice
- Tabasco (optional)
- Stir together the first 12 ingredients (broth through allspice) in the slow cooker crock.
- Nestle the ham hock in the center. Cover and cook 7 - 8 hours on LOW (or 3 - 4 hours on HIGH).
- Remove the ham hock. Add any visible meat from the hock back to the pot and discard the bone and fat. Stir in the rice and allow it heat through, about 15 minutes uncovered.