Deep-Fried Black-Eyed Pea and Ham Bites with a Sweet Cranberry Dipping Sauce

A Southern holiday staple with a new twist!

Total Time:
20 min
Prep:
15 min
Cook:
5 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 1 can black-eyed peas, drained and roughly mashed
  • 2 shallots, finely chopped
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 cup cooked ham, finely chopped
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 4 egg whites
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Dipping Sauce:
  • 1 can whole cranberry sauce
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
Directions
Dipping Sauce:

In a large bowl combine the peas, shallot, bell pepper and ham. Mix in cornstarch, egg whites, salt and pepper, to taste.

For the dipping sauce:

In a small saucepan, combine cranberry sauce, syrup and garlic powder. Heat through until warm. Cover and keep warm.

Heat oil in a Dutch oven or deep-fryer until it reaches 325 degrees F. Working in batches and using 2 teaspoons, carefully slide small portions (bites) of the pea mixture into the hot oil. Note: The pea mixture is not very firm, so you have to slide them into the hot oil

very slowly to they will keep their shape. Deep-fry for approximately 5 minutes or until golden brown and crispy. Remove from oil and drain on a paper towel lined baking tray.

Serve alongside warm cranberry dipping sauce.


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