Black-Eyed Pea Cakes with Collard Greens

This novel approach to a classic Southern combination calls for a good sturdy skillet to sauté the cakes. To make this a vegetarian meal, cook the greens in vegetable broth.


4 servings (serving size: 2 pea cakes and 1/2 cup greens)

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Nutritional Information

Calories 267
Caloriesfromfat 27 %
Fat 8.1 g
Satfat 0.9 g
Monofat 4.2 g
Polyfat 2.3 g
Protein 12.1 g
Carbohydrate 38.5 g
Fiber 9.5 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Iron 2.5 mg
Sodium 768 mg
Calcium 156 mg


1 1/2 teaspoons canola oil
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
8 cups chopped collard greens (about 12 ounces)
2 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
Pea cakes:
1 teaspoon olive oil
1/4 cup chopped green onions
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon rind
1/2 teaspoon minced fresh thyme
1 garlic clove, minced
2 1/2 cups canned black-eyed peas, rinsed, drained, and divided
1 tablespoon dry breadcrumbs
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
1/4 cup cornmeal
1 tablespoon canola oil


To prepare greens, heat 1 1/2 teaspoons canola oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add 1/2 cup onion and 2 garlic cloves; sauté 5 minutes or until onion is tender. Add greens and next 5 ingredients (through salt); bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 45 minutes or until greens are tender, stirring occasionally.

To prepare pea cakes, heat olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1/4 cup green onions, rind, thyme, and 1 garlic clove to pan; sauté 1 minute or until garlic is golden brown. Place garlic mixture, 1 1/4 cups peas, breadcrumbs, and next 4 ingredients (through red pepper) in a food processor; pulse until well blended. Combine pea mixture and remaining 1 1/4 cups peas in a bowl, stirring well. Divide pea mixture into 8 equal portions, shaping each into a 1/2-inch-thick patty. Place cornmeal in a shallow dish; carefully dredge pea cakes in cornmeal. Place pea cakes on baking sheet; refrigerate 15 minutes.

Heat 1 tablespoon canola oil in skillet over medium-high heat. Add pea cakes; cook 2 minutes on each side or until golden and thoroughly heated. Serve over collard greens.

March 2007
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