Black-Eyed Pea Cakes with Collard Greens - Recipe

IngredientsFor the greens:{}

  • 1 1/2 tsp canola oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bunch collard greens (about 12 oz), chopped
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt

For the black-eyed pea cakes:{}

  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp lemon zest
  • 1/2 tsp minced fresh thyme
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 1/2 cups canned black eyed peas, rinsed and drained
  • 4 tbsp whole wheat breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup cornmeal
  • 1 tbsp canola oil


  1. To prepare the greens, heat 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion and 2 garlic cloves. Saut 5 minutes or until onion is tender. Add greens, vegetable broth, red bell pepper, cider vinegar, sugar and salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, for 45 minutes or until greens are tender, stirring occasionally.{} Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  2. To prepare the pea cakes, heat olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add red onion, lemon zest, thyme, and garlic to the pan.{} Saut 1 minute or until garlic is golden brown. Place garlic mixture, 1 1/4 cups black-eyed peas, breadcrumbs, parsley, mustard, black pepper and cayenne pepper in a food processor; pulse until well blended.{} Add in the egg. Pulse again. 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 and refrigerate 15 minutes.
  3. 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 with quinoa (or grain of your choice) and collard greens.
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