Hoppin John is a fun traditional New Years Day food in the South. This easy Crock Pot Hoppin John recipe will take away the leg work of this delicious meal in an easy no brainer way.
Crock Pot Hoppin John: Slow Cooker Hoppin John Recipe
Hoppin John is a recipe that is traditional to New Year’s Day.
What is Hoppin John?
Why do people eat hoppin john on New Years?
In the south it is thought to bring a prosperous year filled with luck. The peas are symbolic of pennies or coins. Collard greens and similar leafy green vegetables served along with this dish are supposed to further add to the wealth, since they are the color of Money.
Hoppin John recipe
Although I grew up in Florida this wasn’t a tradition I adopted until I married my husband. Although he was born and raised in NY, he went to College in Alabama and so his family began making this to ring in the new year. Because my life is chaos and I don’t have the time I would like to sit around and make the various components of this meal I came up with an easy way to make this delicious meal. Crock Pot Hoppin John takes all the flavor and deliciousness of this traditional meal and simplifies it for everyday use.
What you’ll need to make Slow Cooker Hoppin John
- 16 ounces dried black-eyed peas, soaked overnight and rinsed well
- 1 pound 16 ounces Andouille Sausage, sliced into 1/4-inch slices
- 1 quart (4 cups) low sodium chicken broth
- 10 ounce can Rotel Original Tomatoes and Chilies
- 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 3 cups steamed white rice
Once your beans are ready put them directly into your slow cooker.
add broth and sliced sausage. Stir in the rotel.
Finally, Add greens, and sprinkle on the salt and pepper.
Cover the greens will be tough to fit in but get them in (They’ll shrivel up once they’re cooked)
Cook on low for 8 to 10 hours, or until the beans are soft. If you need it faster Cooking on High for 6 will also work 🙂
After it’s cooked stir well.
Finally , stir in the rice or serve rice first and use a ladle to pour the Hoppin’ John mixture.
Some tips for cooking Hoppin John
While cooking the smell of the collards will be strong! My mom kept thinking something was burning. However, the taste is well worth the “smell”.
Although this dish is traditionally served on New Year’s Day it’s the PERFECT cold weather meal.
I love the taste and it’s so warm and delicious. Most important it’s packed full of some fantastic ingredients that are the perfect addition to any diet.
You can also substitute the Andouille sausage for a healthier turkey sausage or ham to make it a “healthier” alternative”
How do you serve Hoppin John
Ways to serve Hoppin John
My version of Hoppin John is a little soupier because well it’s cold. So we added a little less rice and a little more of the “stew”
That being said you can drain some of the “juice out” and just place it on a bed of rice and mix.
Regardless of how you Take your Hoppin’ John you’ll love how easy this recipe is!