Thursday, December 29, 2011

Black Eyed Pea Patties

If you are looking for a creative way to serve your black eyed peas this New Year here's an idea. We can still be traditional without being predictable. There are many versions of these on the internet. I chose the simple version. My husband's grandmother, Lena, used to make these. I never got to try hers, but I would imagine this recipe comes close to what she would serve. She was a very sweet, no nonsense lady who had to do a lot with a little, as did a lot of women in rural Mississippi raising families back in the day. This was probably a second or third day dish from a pot of peas. She also had some picky eaters who wouldn't eat their peas, or at least they didn't know they were eating their peas! Creativity was alive and well back then too, we modern day cooks sure didn't invent it! This is a very basic recipe that can be altered to suit your taste. I will probably add more peas, less flour, maybe some bacon and red pepper. The possibilities are endless.  Enjoy!

1 1/2 cups cooked black eyed peas, mashed
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup onions, chopped
1   egg, beaten
1/4 cup water

Mash peas with a fork
Mix in flour, onion, and egg
Add enough water to make a stiff batter.

Drop by spoonfuls into hot oil. Medium heat.
Cook until brown, flip and brown other side.

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