E-Z SAUTEED BLACK-EYED PEA PATTIES WITH STEWED TOMATOES WITH ORANGE
4 to 6 servings
Here in the South, one must eat black-eyed peas and stewed tomatoes to ensure good luck for the New Year. Try these tasty sautéed black-eyed pea patties topped with my favorite stewed tomatoes.
cups canned or frozen black-eyed peas, well drained
½ cup chopped peeled onion or green onion
1 tablespoon butter or margarine, melted
1 egg or the equivalent of 1 egg in egg substitute, IE, Egg Beaters, beaten
1 teaspoon minced peeled garlic
½ cup plus 2 tablespoons flour, divided
1 teaspoon Worcestershire or to taste
1/8 teaspoon baking powder
3 to 4 drops hot pepper sauce or to taste
Seasoned salt or salt to taste
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
2 tablespoons or as needed hot bacon drippings or cooking oil
Stewed Tomatoes with Orange
Sprigs fresh parsley or minced parsley and minced green onion for garnish
Cook frozen black-eyed peas according to package directions; drain well. Do not cook canned black- eyed peas.
While peas are cooking, sauté onion or green onion in butter in a heavy skillet over moderate heat until tender but not browned.
In a medium bowl, mash one-half of the cooked peas with a potato masher; set aside. In a blender container, place remaining cooked peas; cover and coarsely puree. Add pureed peas to mashed peas. Add sautéed onion, egg, 2 tablespoons flour, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, baking powder, hot pepper sauce, seasoned salt or salt, and pepper to cooked frozen black-eyed peas or canned black peas, mixing well.
Shape mixture into 4 to 6 thick patties, about 3 to 4 inches in diameter, dividing evenly. Place patties on a plate, cover lightly with wax paper, and refrigerate for 1 hour.
Dredge patties lightly in remaining ½ cup flour, coating each. In a large heavy skillet, sauté patties in hot bacon drippings or oil over moderate to high heat until golden brown, about 2 to 3 minutes per side. May sprinkle with additional salt and pepper, if desired. Drain well on absorbent paper. To serve, arrange two patties on each plate. Spoon a small amount of Stewed Tomatoes with Orange over each serving and garnish each with a sprig of parsley or a sprinkle of minced parsley and minced green onion.
Variation: Serve sautéed black-eyed pea patties with a marinara sauce or tomato salsa.