Pork Hocks and Black-Eyed Peas
1 1/2 cups dry black-eyed peas
4 small smoked pork hocks (1 1/2 pounds)
4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 medium green bell peppers, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
2 bay leaves
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
2 cups sliced okra or 1 (10 ounce) package frozen whole okra, thawed and cut into 1/2-inch slices (optional)
Rinse black-eyed peas; place in a large saucepan.
Add enough water to cover peas by 2 inches. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes.
Remove from heat. Cover and let stand for 1 hour.
Drain and rinse peas.
In a slow cooker combine the black-eyed peas, pork hocks, broth, sweet pepper, onion, celery, bay leaves, and red pepper.
Cover; cook on LOW for 8 to 10 hours or on HIGH for 4 to 5 hours.
Add okra, if desired.
Cover; let stand for 10 minutes or until okra is tender.
Remove pork hocks.
When cool enough to handle, cut meat off bones; cut meat into bite-size pieces.
Discard bones and bay leaves.
To serve, stir meat into black-eyed pea mixture.
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