Southern food, thank you very much

I had another craving for Granny June’s food. Southern food is sweet and salty and delicious. And it is my mission in life to also make it healthy. 🙂 

I just made this and it was sooooooo good! 

Black-eyed pea burgers with a corn muffin bun, okra matchsticks, purple potato fries, crunchy green beans and special sauce

Black-eyed pea burgers

Crock pot black-eyed peas, cooked with a sweet Vidalia onion and bay leaves

Drain and mash lightly with a douse of hot sauce until you get the right consistency.

Form into patties and refrigerate overnight.

Sear on both sides and finish in the oven, 400 degrees for 12-15 minutes.

Corn muffins

I found these to be the star of the show, honestly. 

1 TB apple cider vinegar

1 can coconut milk

1 cup whole wheat pastry flour

1 cup corn meal

2 tea baking powder

1/2 tea baking soda

Pinch of salt and pepper 

1 banana

Forkful of pickled jalapeños

Handful of cooked corn

Mix coconut milk and vinegar and let sit for 10 minutes.

In the meantime, mix the dry ingredients and purée the banana with the jalapeños. Mix all your ingredients until a dough forms. (All the cookbooks I’ve read say to be careful to not overly mix, but I’ve never had an issue.)

Spray a muffin tin and fill to about three-quarters.

Bake at 400 for 15-18 minutes.

Okra matchsticks

Rinse and drain about 10 pieces of okra.

Slice in half on the bias and line on parchment paper. Cook alongside the burgers and potatoes. (Potatoes need a head start. Get them roasting a full 20 minutes before you start assembling everything else.)

Green beans

3 handfuls fresh green beans, trimmed

Pick the right sauce pan to steam in so that your colander fits just right with the lid on top.

Boil enough water so that there’s steam but the cut green beans aren’t submerged. You’ll know they’re done when they start to sweat.

Douse in this magical stuff and top with roasted peanuts and pepper.

Special sauce is special in that you can make it all your own. Mix all your favorite condiments (I used a spicy vinegar-based barbecue sauce, a dollop of vegan mayo, yellow mustard and a tiny bit of ketchup and pickle juice.) and voila! Special sauce. 🙂

I had the idea for this because I was craving black-eyes peas and cornbread, but I really wanted to get after it, sandwich style.

Happy getting what you want. 🙂

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