This recipe is reprinted with permission from A Trim & Terrific Louisiana Kitchen by Holly Berkowitz Clegg. If you enjoy traditional Southern cuisine, but are trying to eat healthy, your wishes have just come true. Holly Clegg's innovative recipes let you literally have your cake (and etouffe and pasta and gumbo and hundreds of other favorite foods) and eat them too.
This recipe is re-printed from Paul Gaylor's exquisite book A Passion For Vegetables. The book has over 150 unique and innovative recipes from around the world for a huge variety of vegetables, most with full color photographs. Too often vegetables are an afterthought, this book makes them an event, as in this recipe which makes for a dramatic presentation for eggs.
I've tried this with fresh ceci. I taste no difference and the canned stuff is easier. I've tried a food processor and a blender to puree this. Major pain in the neck! It can be done but you have to keep scraping out the blended ceci. With the immersion blender you can move it up and down and reach everything. I use the quart container since the ingredients jump around at the beginning. If you like Baba Ganouj, bake 2 big eggplants, peel them and use that instead of the ceci.
Easy, fast, healthy and delicious! This perfect weeknight dish takes less than 30 minutes, so it's a regular in our house. You can vary the heat by the kind and amount of chile powder and hot peppers you use. Serve over hot cooked rice, if desired.
Someone gave me this recipe a few years back and it's become a household favorite. You can use mild, medium or hot salsa depending on your taste. I usually serve it with Spanish rice and Mexican-style canned corn. Very easy and quick!