Pressure Cooker Hoppin' John with Winter Greens
  • 1 lb dried black eyed peas
  • 8 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • After the peas are cooked:
  • 6 cups hot water
  • 2 pastured ham hocks
  • 3-4 cups chopped winter greens
  • ½ cup onions, chopped ( I used leek greens only)
  • ½ cup chopped green peppers or celery *optional*
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2-3 bay leaves
  • pinch smoked paprika or chipotle powder *optional*
  • Few pinches of dried sage.
  • For the rice:
  • butter
  • 2 cups basmati rice
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2½ cups water
  1. To Quick Soak the Black Eyed Peas:
  2. Pick through the peas and remove any undesireable pieces.
  3. Place peas in pressure cooker with 8 cups water and 2 teaspoons of salt.
  4. Lock the lid in place and bring to high pressure over high heat.
  5. Adjust heat to maintain at high pressure and cook 2 minutes. Remove from heat and use natural release method.
  6. Lid lock will release when no pressure remains. Drain beans and continue.
  7. In pressure cooker, add 6 cups hot water to the beans.
  8. Add ham hocks, onion, greens, green pepper or celery (if using) red pepper, bay leaves, dried sage and paprika or chipotle powder (if using).
  9. Close lid and bring to high pressure.
  10. Adjust heat to maintain at high pressure. Cook 10 minutes.
  11. Remove from heat and use natural release method.
  12. Remove ham hocks and let cool. Then pick the meat off the bones and stir in to the stew.
  13. For the rice (if using):
  14. Add a dollop of butter or other fat to the bottom of the pressure cooker and allow to melt.
  15. Then add the rice, 2½ cups water and salt to pressure cooker and stir to mix through.
  16. Select high pressure and 3 minutes cook time. When timer beeps, turn pressure cooker off and use a natural pressure release for 7 minutes. After 7 minutes do a quick pressure release.
  17. Fluff rice with a fork.
  18. Serve with your favorite hot pepper sauce on the side for added flavor. I like to add fresh minced sage to my dish too.
  19. This recipe takes a few steps but is ready in about 30 minutes.
  20. *Greens Tip: Sometimes I buy the bags of frozen mixed greens
Recipe by Divine Health at