Happy New Year!

January 2, 2009

black eyes peas

Black-eyed Pea Croquettes with Yogurt Dill Dipping Sauce

Homemade Hummus

Homemade Hummus


Cabbage Rolls with Quionia

Cabbage Rolls stuffed with Walnut-Currant Quinoa


Sweet Potato Fries

Sweet Potato Fries

Happy 2009, friends! For a slightly superstitious New Year’s Day celebration, Tyler and I made this meal for a few friends. It was a delicious meal of hors d’oeuvres married with celebratory mimosas and much laughter! The recipes came from Grub: Ideas for an Urban Organic Kitchen. The book is really a jewel – informing the reader of new ways to be healthy and ethically conscious in the kitchen. It also has fun themed meals, such as this one, complete with music suggestions!

The Black Eyed Pea Croquettes were a bit crumbly, but very tasty. If you have left over black-eyed peas, give this recipe a try!

Mini-Black Eyed Pea Croquettes

(adapted from Grub:Ideas for an Urban Organic Kitchen)

1 1/4 c. black-eyed peas, sorted, soaked overnight, drained and rinsed

extra-virgin olive oil

coarse sea salt

1 medium green bell pepper, seeded and finely chopped

1 medium red onion, finely chopped

1 teaspoon chili powder

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

pinch of cayenne pepper

1/4 c. unsalted peanut, chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 teaspoons balsamic vinigar

2 tablesoons fresh lemon juice

1/2 c. whole wheat bread crumbs

  • Combine black-eyed peas with 5 cups of water and 1/2 teaspoon olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil. Skim off any foam, reduce heat to medium -low, and simmer, partially covered for 15 minutes. Add 1 teaspoon salt and simmer for another 15 minutes. Reserve 1/2 c. cooking liquid and set aside. Drain, rinse with cold water, ans set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 350 and line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Combine 1 tablespoon of olive oil, bell pepper, onion, chili powder, cumin, cayenne, 1 teaspoon salt, and peanuts in large saute pan over medium heat. Saute until veggies are soft. Add garlic and cook for an additional 2 minutes.Β  Stir black-eyed peas into mixture and cook for 3 minutes. Add vinegar and lemon juice and cook for an additional minute.
  • In food processor, combine mixture with remaining lemon juice, pulse just until it holds its shape. Do not process until smooth – you should be able to have visible black-eyed pea pieces. Scrape mixture into large bowl and add breadcrumbs little by little until you have made a batter that is barely stiff enough to handle. Taste and adjust seasonings.
  • Form mixture into walnut-sized balls.
  • Arrange croquettes onto prepared baking sheet 1/2 inch apart. Slightly flatten each ball with a spatula. Bake for 20 minutes, carefully turning once, until golden on both sides. Serve immediately with yogurt dill sauce (combine plain yogurt, fresh dill, lemon, salt and pepper to your liking). Croquettes are fragile, so handle with care, and enjoy!

2 Responses to “Happy New Year!”

  1. Becky Hopkins said

    I LOVE your site, my wonderful, talented and beautiful daughter-in-law! I am totally intrigued by the blackeyed pea croquettes with dill sauce. They look and sound scrumptious. I also want you to know that I am always available for “taster” duty!

  2. itsawonderfullife said

    I LOVE your blog!!! And I totally appreciate your love of organic, healthy, ethnic cooking AND photography!!! In the past few years, we have made MAJOR changes to our diet – no fast food and LOTS of cooking. I LOVE trying new recipes!!! And although my husband Darren has been a little slow getting on the “healthy train”, he might like some of these recipes! πŸ™‚

    I also have a homemade hummus recipe that people go crazy over. At least Darren and a few of the kiddos like hummus. And we all really like quinoa! πŸ™‚

    As a matter of fact, my mom, Laura (married to my brother Jonathan), our friend who is a Naturopathic Doctor and Certified Nutritional Counselor and myself are nearly finished writing and publishing a Bible-based, family nutrition curriculum. You will have to go to our website at http://www.HealthyHomesLLC.com to check it out.

    I look forward to your blog and your great recipes!!!

    Sera (Hopkins) Johnson – your second cousin by marriage πŸ™‚

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