Slow Cooker Hoppin' John

Slow Cooker Hoppin' John Recipe
Photo: Mark Thomas; Styling: Lynn Miller
This slow cooker hoppin' john recipe is perfect for New Year's Day celebrations.

Yield:

Serves 6

Recipe Time

Prep: 5 Minutes
Cook: 5 Hours, 30 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 267
Fat 4 g
Satfat 1 g
Protein 9 g
Carbohydrate 49 g
Fiber 2 g
Cholesterol 10 mg
Sodium 533 mg

Ingredients

4 strips thick-cut bacon, diced
1 small onion
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 cup dried black-eyed peas, rinsed and picked over
1 15-oz. can diced tomatoes, drained
1 1/2 cups long-grain rice
1 teaspoon salt

Preparation

1. Place bacon in a saucepan and cook over medium heat until just beginning to crisp. Add onion and cook, stirring, until softened, about 5 minutes. Scrape bacon, bacon fat and onion into slow cooker. Add crushed red pepper, peas and 4 cups water and stir to combine. Cover and cook on low until peas are nearly tender, 3 to 4 hours.

2. Stir in tomatoes, rice and salt. Cover and continue to cook just until rice is tender and has absorbed all liquid, 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Fluff with a fork and serve.

Note:

Go whole grain. Swap in brown rice instead of white to add fiber and other nutrients to this already healthful dish.
Turn up the heat. Like a kick? Use more crushed red pepper and sprinkle the dish with hot sauce just before serving (or pass the sauce at the table).

May 2010
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