PARTNER POST: Get ready to feed a winter crowd with appetizer recipes paired perfectly with food-friendly Cavit wines.
If you love a good dish of collard greens with black-eyed peas in the winter, then why not try those same flavors in croquette form?
In the early years of my life here in Atlanta, I never quite jumped on the whole Southern New Year’s tradition of black-eyed peas and collard greens. My first introduction to black-eyed peas and collard greens was at a friend’s house – where she had cooked them up extra mushy with ham hock. Alas, my taste-buds were not tickled and so I stayed far, far away from them – together or separately.
Then, fast forward twelve years, and my parents moved here to Atlanta. Their first New Year’s Day here, they invited my daughter and I over for lunch and guess what my mom had prepared? Yup, there on the dining table was a dish filled with black-eyed peas and collard greens! “When in Rome…” my mom said as she ladled spoonfuls onto our plates. But, these were not the mushy black-eyed peas and collard greens I had bumped into many years ago. My mom had put her own Sri Lankan spin on black-eyed peas and collard greens, and my taste-buds did a happy dance at this perfectly seasoned and cooked version!
Since then, black-eyed peas and collard greens have become a staple in our home. Nowadays, My daughter and I enjoy them year round AND on New Year’s Day – in anything from stir fries, curries and vegetarian hashes.
This year, for New Year’s Day, I figured I would take the black-eyed peas, collard greens and potato hash I make and croquette-fy it.
Aaaaaaaaaannnnnd, my friends, that’s how these Black-Eyed Peas And Collard Greens Croquettes were born! These are really simple to make and are so flavor packed from the caramelized onion, garlic, ginger, cumin, and coriander. And, the breaded and fried coating doesn’t hurt either!
If you are looking for a wine for your New Year’s feastivities, then, may I suggest Cavit Wines?
Cavit swept onto the radar of American wine lovers in the 1970s with a then little-known white wine called Pinot Grigio. And, over the years, it has earned its well-deserved title of America’s #1 Pinot Grigio. However, there is much more to the CAVIT COLLECTION than delicious Pinot Grigio. From Pinot Noir, Riesling, Chardonnay, Teroldego, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, Cavit has a high-quality, delicious and food-friendly wine for just about every taste and every occasion.
For another delicious appetizer, try these trout bites. Recipe here.Print
I am a healthy food lover - and tricking my loved ones into eating their veggies disguised as treats is my specialty! I am also a graphic designer by day and blogger by night and a mom 24/7!