Monday, January 2, 2012

Meatless Monday: BBQ Black Eyed Peas and Collard Green Rolls

Happy New Year everyone! Here in the south, there is a tradition of eating black eyed peas and collard greens on New Year's day to bring prosperity and luck in the new year. Hoppin' John is also a favorite and when eaten the day after New Year's day, it is called Skippin' Jenny. Here is a great recipe to finish up those black eyed peas and collard greens left over from yesterday. You can wrap the Skippin' Jenny in the leaves in place of the black eyed peas, if you have it left over.


1 bunch of collard greens, 12 of the leaves set
aside for rolling (pick out the biggest, nicest leaves of the bunch)
1 tablespoon oil
8 ounces mushrooms, sliced thinly (your choice)
4 cups chopped collards
1 15 ounces black-eyed peas or Hoppin' John
3 cups BBQ Sauce


1. Slice off the stems of 12 nice collard leaves (run a knife alongside either side of the stem and then cut it out of the leaf). Boil a large pot of water. Submerge the 12 collard leaves into the boiling water and cook for 6 minutes. When done, use tongs to transfer them to a strainer and let cool. Handle with care!
2. Preheat a large skillet over medium, and cook the mushrooms in the oil for 5 minutes. Add the chopped collards. Cook for 7-10 minutes until the moisture has cooked off. Add the peas and cook through. Pour on 2 cups of the BBQ sauce and cook until the wateriness is gone. (5-10 minutes). Let cool.
3. Place a collard on a flat work surface with the side that has not been sliced facing you. Place some of the black-eyed peas mixture in the lower third of the collard. (The recipe says to put 2 tablespoon in each roll, but you may be able to generously use 1/4 cup in each, with some of the black-eyed pea mix still left over. It'll all depend on the size of your leaves though.) Fold the bottom up over the mixture, then fold in the sides. Roll the collard up, gently but firmly.
4. Roll all the collards. When ready to serve, spoon extra BBQ sauce over the rolls.

Source: Veganomicon cookbook by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero

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