Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Greek Black-Eyed Peas Salad

Greek Black-Eyed Peas Salad

Black-eyed peas may not be part of the Greek New Year’s tradition, as they are in the American South, but this recipe still makes a great, light dish.
1 1/2 cups black-eyed peas, washed and picked over

1 bay leaf

Salt to taste

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

1 red pepper, diced

2 plump garlic cloves, green shoots removed, minced

1 teaspoon cumin seeds, lightly crushed in a mortar

1 red onion, halved and sliced (optional)

Freshly ground black pepper

1/4 cup chopped fresh dill

2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1/2 cup crumbled feta

1. Place the beans in a pot with the bay leaf and cover with water by 2 to 3 inches. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, add salt to taste and simmer gently until peas are tender but not mushy, about 45 to 50 minutes. Drain through a colander set over a bowl. Transfer the black-eyed peas to a salad bowl.

2. Meanwhile, heat a medium skillet over medium-high heat, and add 1 tablespoon of the oil. When it is hot, add the red pepper and cook, stirring often, until just crisp-tender, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cumin seeds, and stir together for another minute or two until the garlic is fragrant. Remove from the heat and toss with the black-eyed peas. Toss with the vinegar, remaining olive oil, 1/4 cup of the bean broth, and salt and pepper to taste. Cool to room temperature.

3. If using the red onion, place it in a bowl, cover with cold water, and soak for 5 to 10 minutes. Drain and rinse. Add to the salad along with the dill and parsley. Toss well. Sprinkle the feta over the top, and serve.

Yield: Serves four to six.

Advance preparation: You can make the dish through step 2 up to three days before you wish to serve. Keep well covered in the refrigerator. Proceed with step 3 shortly before serving.

1 comment:

  1. hi dear
    i prepared salad according to guidelines that you narrated above blog, and put it in my
    Wine Refrigerators
    for one day, it's taste was same as it was, when it had been prepared, i am a great fan of this salad.......