Hoppin' John With Greens - Slow Cooker Recipe
This is a traditional Southern dish for bringing good luck into the New Year, consisting of black-eyed peas and rice. Eating Hoppin' John on New Year's Day is thought to bring a prosperous year filled with luck. The peas are symbolic of pennies or coins, and a coin is sometimes added to the pot or left under the dinner bowls. Greens along with this dish are supposed to also add to the wealth since they are the color of money. Eating this the day after represents frugality and savings. You are supposed to leave 3 peas to assure that the New Year will be filled with Luck, Fortune and Romance. Serve hot with corn bread.
You can use collard greens, turnip greens, or kale. Rice can be cooked separately and served with peas.
If using bacon in place of ham hock or turkey, fry the pieces first and drain on paper towels to remove excess fat.