Hoppin' John Burgers
½ cup of uncooked rice (ideally brown rice, but add 10 minutes to cooking time)
1 cup of water
1 tbsp dried onion flakes
½ tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp chili powder
1 ½ cups of cooked or canned blackeye peas
¼ cup shredded cheddar cheese
3/4 cup egg substitute or 3 egg whites
Fresh breadcrumbs (put a stale hotdog bun or two in the blender)
Cook the rice and seasonings together (bring water and seasonings to a boil, add rice, turn down to low and simmer for 15 minutes) add the blackeye peas and allow to cool. Place in a chopper, blender or food processor with 3 eggs and cheese and blend to a chunky paste (like chunky peanut butter) form into loose patties and dredge in breadcrumbs. Fry in oil flavored with rendered bacon fat. Makes 4 burgers: Nutrition information (burgers as prepared with bacon topping only; no bun or mayo)
Serve on toasted hamburger buns slathered in mayo. Top with bacon.
We often buy the frozen blackeye peas, which I assume are no different than if you bought dried ones and soaked them overnight. I like having these in my pantry; they brighten up a plain bowl of rice - all you have to do is toss them in the pot with raw rice and water, and cook the rice as you would normally.