Monday, March 10, 2014

Black Eyed Peas and Cornmeal Dumplings

Since Leigh has moved back home, we have been cooking up a storm and life is good!  We checked out the Cooking Light Annual Recipes 2014 from the library a few weeks back and have an amazing down home cooking recipe to share from it!

Black Eyed Peas & Cornmeal Dumplings


  2 slices hickory-smoked bacon 
1 cup chopped onion 
     1 tablespoon minced garlic
3 cups unsalted chicken stock (such as Swanson)
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 (16-ounce) bag frozen black-eyed peas (about 2 3/4 cups)
3.4 ounces all-purpose flour (about 3/4 cup) 
1/3 cup finely chopped green onions 
1/4 cup yellow cornmeal
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons chilled butter, cut into pieces
1/2 cup buttermilk
Hot sauce (optional)


Cook bacon in a Dutch oven over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan; finely chop. Remove 1 tablespoon drippings from pan; set aside. Increase heat to medium-high. Add 1 cup onion to remaining drippings in pan; sauté 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic; sauté 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add stock, 1 1/2 cups water, salt, pepper, and peas to pan; bring to a boil. Partially cover, reduce heat, and simmer 35 minutes or until peas are tender, stirring occasionally.

Weigh or lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour, green onions, cornmeal, and baking soda, stirring with a whisk. Cut butter into flour mixture with a pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add bacon, reserved 1 tablespoon drippings, and buttermilk; stir until a moist dough forms.

With moist hands, gently divide mixture into 12 equal portions. Drop dumplings, 1 at a time, into pan; cover and cook 8 minutes or until dumplings are done, stirring occasionally. Serve with hot sauce, if desired.

Cooking Light, Recipes, Down Home Cooking

This has quickly become a family favorite and has been added to our permanent recipe file.  Even Leigh's Dad, who is a super picky eater, loves it! It is great by itself or cook up some link sausage to add a little protein to it.

How about you? Found any good recipes lately? We would love to see them - leave us a link in the comments.

Wishing everyone a lovely and warm spring break!


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