An ole southern tradition is to serve a "HOPPIN JOHN" dish of black eye peas on NEW YEARS DAY.
It has been said to bring you good luck if you eat it on the first day of Jan.
This is my very own Black Eye Pea Crock Pot Soup recipe for you to make,enjoy, and just maybe you will have good luck in the New Year!
It is so easy to serve friends that stop over to wish us a
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
While I serve them "HOPPIN JOHN" soup for GOOD LUCK!! Sort of a family tradition now.
1The night before...
Put smoked ham hocks in the crock pot with 3 cups of water.
Simmer over night.
2The night before.....
Rinse the black eye peas and put in a saucepan, covered with water.
Bring to a boil. Cover and let sit for one hour.Drain,and rinse two tines.
Put in a bowl covered with fresh cold water.
Put in refrigerator over night.
strain the pork hocks,and the liquid, into a bowl. Pick out, the pork hock meat,bones,and skin and put on a plate to cool. Now strain the liquid again, put the clear liquid back into the crock pot. and add the drained black eye peas.
Cook on high.
4When the hocks are cool enough , pick off all the meat.
Throw all scraps away, and put the meat back into the crock pot. Cover.
Cook the rice. Set aside.
5Scrape and slice the carrots into coins,chop the onion, and put into the crock pot.
Cook on high till the carrots are done.
6When the carrots are done add the cooked rice, and the cut up canned spinach.
Add more chicken broth if needed.
Simmer til serving time.
7Instead of canned spinach you can use fresh cut up collard greens,or fresh spinach.
Serve with hot sauce, and home made corn bread, for a delicious meal.
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Happy New Year ! ....12/17/11