I live in the south, and on New Years Day it is tradition to eat Hoppin John. This meal brings good luck and prosperity to the New Year. This is an easy Instant Pot recipe that is amazing. (stove top directions are at the bottom)
I chose this year to make it vegetarian, but if you want the ham, just add in 1 diced ham steak when you add your black eyed peas (last years picture with ham is below). This recipe uses dried black eyed peas instead of canned ones, so remember to soak them in salted water the night before.
You can serve it over a big bowl of rice. You could stir in a few cups of cooked rice after it’s all cooked when you add your kale. Or, you can skip the rice all together. The rice will absorb all the juices, so you decide how thick or thin you like it. If you want to thin it out, just add some vegetable or chicken broth, water works in a pinch too. You’ll probably need to thin it out when you serve the leftovers – which is said to bring extra luck, and it’s called Skippin Jenny when it’s served the next day.
THE NIGHT BEFORE - Soak your black eyed peas in a big bowl with 6 cups of salted water. They will expand, so leave room. In the morning, rinse and drain well and set aside.
Set your Instant Pot to the sauté setting. Melt you butter and sauté your chopped onion for 2 minutes. Add the chopped bell pepper and sauté another 2 minutes. Add your can of diced tomatoes (with liquid).
Turn off sauté setting and add your salt, liquid smoke and drained black eyed peas (add ham at this time if using). Add 2 cups of water, or enough to cover peas.
Put the lid on and lock the top. Set to manual for 45 minutes. I usually let it release naturally, but in a pinch I've forced the release and it was fine. Once the lid is off, add in your kale and let it wilt before serving.
Serve over rice, or add a couple cooked cups of rice straight into the pot when you add the kale.
NOTE - You can also do this on the stove top. you'll need 4 cups of water to cover the peas instead of 2 cups because you will loose a lot during the cook time. It will take 4 hours covered and simmering, stirring ever hour.