Hoppin’ John – Black Eyed Peas

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Things You’ll Need:

  • 1 lb dried black eyed peas
  • water
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 crushed garlic cloves
  • 1 can diced green chilis
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 dried or canned chipoltle pepper(optional)
  • 1/2 C rice (brown or white)
  • 3 large tomatoes, peeled and chopped OR 1 can diced tomatoes

Rinse and sort black eyed peas. Soak overnight, then rinse and drain. OR boil in 2 q. water over high heat. Boil for 2 minutes, remove from heat. Cover and let stand for an hour. Drain and rinse. Discard cooking water.

Rinse and sort black eyed peas. Soak overnight, then rinse and drain. OR boil in 2 q. water over high heat. Boil for 2 minutes, remove from heat. Cover and let stand for an hour. Drain and rinse. Discard cooking water.

Remove and throw away the chipotle chile. Stir in rice and tomatoes. Adjust crock pot to high setting. Cover and continue to cook until rice is tender. This should take about another hour.

Season to taste with salt and black pepper.  Serve in wide shallow bowls, like pasta bowls, for instance. Serve with southern cornbread (check out my recipe for this on ehow) and maybe some ham. This recipe serves 8.

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