So, what better recipe to share on such a day as this than one with Black-Eyed Peas? No, I'm not talking about the band, though I'm sure that they can probably pull off a dish or two themselves in their RV kitchen (or whatever they tour in). Originating in Africa, Black-eyed peas are creamy-white with a black "eye" and have an oval shape. They are ubiquitous in the Southeastern United States where they've become a traditional New Year's good luck dish served with rice and greens as well as the key ingredient in Hoppin' John and Texas Caviar. Since I figured there would be a lot of traditional recipes floating around today for those two dishes, I'm proceeding to pass off a couple slightly un-traditional dishes to you. Enjoy them, have a wonderful night, and remember, IF YOU DRINK, DON'T DRIVE!
Herby Cheese n’ Bean Dip
4 garlic cloves
15 oz canned black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed
200 gm cream cheese
1 rosemary sprig
1/2 tsp table salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Place the garlic cloves on a square of foil, add 2 tsp water and make a little parcel.
- Roast for about 15 minutes towards the top of the oven, or until the cloves are soft.
- Cool, then squeeze out the softened pulp into a food processor.
- Tip the peas into the processor and add the cheese and rosemary.
- Blend until smooth.
- Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Amount Per Serving
Total Fat: 18.0 g
Cholesterol: 55.0 mg
Sodium: 152.0 mg
Total Carbs: 19.3 g
Dietary Fiber: 4.1 g
Protein: 6.5 g
Starry Eyed Brownies
Makes one 8" square pan, 9 brownies
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup black eyed peas, pureed
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
6 tablespoons evaporated skim milk
1 tablespoon vanilla
1/2 cup flour
2/3 cup cocoa
1/2 cup slivered almonds
- Preheat oven to 350°F, grease an 8" square pan.
- Cream butter, black-eyed pea puree and sugars.
- Add eggs and beat well. Beat in milk and vanilla.
- Sift together the flour, cocoa powder and salt, stir into the creamed mixture.
- Stir in the almonds.
- Spread brownies in prepared pan.
- Bake 25 minutes and cool completely before cutting.
Amount Per Serving
Total Fat: 10.3 g
Cholesterol: 61.2 mg
Sodium: 69.2 mg
Total Carbs: 30.6 g
Dietary Fiber: 3.5 g
Protein: 5.8 g