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Slow Cooker Hoppin' John

Wednesday, 19 September 2018
I'm always on the look out for delicious, frugal and easy recipes to feed our family.  I discovered Hoppin' John, also known as Carolina Rice and Peas, in a Facebook group about frugal cooking.  It's traditionally served at New Year, with collared greens.  

There were various methods and quantities given in the Facebook group, each family has their own take on the basic recipe.  I wondered if I could make a slow cooker version that was really low faff and tasty.  After a little experimentation I managed to develop a recipe that is easy, tasty, and very thrifty indeed. 

The dish cost £2.61 to feed 6 generously for dinner, and two for lunch the next day.  That's around 33p per serving.  

Black eyed beans (300g) 72p
Cooking Bacon 57p
2 Onions 12p 
4 cloves Garlic 10p
250g White Rice 23p
3 x Spring Onions 25p
Spring Greens, free from our garden, or 62p

Hoppin' John

300g dried black eyed beans
500g cooking bacon, diced
2 onions, roughly diced
4 cloves of garlic, minced
900ml water or weak vegetable stock
3 spring onions, chopped
500g wilted greens
500g cooked rice

Put the beans, onions, garlic and bacon into the slow cooker then pour over the water/stock.  Give everything a stir to combine then set to low heat and cook for 8 hours.  We served ours over rice, garnished with chopped spring onions, and accompanied by wilted greens.

Leftovers reheat well the next day and I'm told they are called Skippin' Jenny when eaten as leftovers.  I've not tried freezing the leftovers, we've been too keen to eat them, so if you do let me know how you get on.

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