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Black Eyed Peas And Greens Puff Pastry Baskets

If you plan to serve up black-eyed peas and greens on New Year’s Day, why not enjoy them in these fun and tasty Black Eyed Peas And Greens Puff Pastry Baskets?

Black-eyed peas and greens New Year's Appetizer

I have lived in the southern part of the US longer than I have lived anywhere else. And, the southern tradition of enjoying black-eyed peas and greens on New Year’s Day is the inspiration behind today’s recipe.

In fact, over the past 6 years, I have been trying to come up with fun and tasty alternatives to enjoying black-eyed peas and greens. I have made everything from croquettes to curries to stuffed buns featuring these ingredients that are said to bring good luck and prosperity in the New Year.

I like to think I do not believe in superstitions. But, here I am writing this and contemplating eating as many concoctions of black-eyed peas and greens as will fit into my belly because earlier this month I broke a mirror!

8 Ingredients needed to make Black Eyed Peas puffs

What are the ingredients needed to make these Black Eyed Peas And Greens Puff Pastry Baskets?

You will need the following 9 ingredients (of which 1 is optional) to make these appetizers:

  1. Puff pastry Sheets or puff pastry baskets
    I often have puff pastry sheets on hand and go through the rather tiresome process of making little baskets with the sheets. But, you can save yourself a boatload of time and hassle by simply purchasing the pre-made puff pastry baskets from the frozen section of your grocery store.
  2. Onion
    For this recipe, fresh onion is a must. If you are not a fan of peeling and chopping, you can use the onion that’s peeled and chopped up and sold in jars in the produce section of most grocery stores.
  3. Garlic
    As with the onion, fresh garlic is a must in this recipe.
  4. Ginger
    As with the onion and garlic, fresh ginger adds the perfect hint of flavor to this dish and should be used instead of ground ginger.
  5. Black-eyed peas
    I had a bag of frozen black-eyed peas in the freezer and used some of them for this recipe.
  6. Spinach
    I prefer spinach, so used some fresh spinach as the “greens” in this recipe. If you prefer, you can sub kale or greens you prefer, instead.
  7. Coriander
    Ground coriander added so much flavor to this and can be found at most grocery stores or Amazon.
  8. Turmeric
    I used ground turmeric in this recipe. With ground turmeric, a little can go a long way.
  9. Cayenne (optional)
    I added in some cayenne for a bit of heat. But, it is completely optional. If you prefer the filling to be a bit mild, leave out the cayenne completely.
Making puff pastry baskets

The filling alone is so tasty. It is so tasty that there has been many a time when I have enjoyed a bowl of it for dinner, along with a boiled egg or two.

This Filling with black-eyed peas and greens is so tasty

However, adding the filling into little puff pastry baskets or phyllo shells makes it an appetizer that is sure to be a tasty and unique conversation starter!

Filling puff pastry baskets with Black Eyed Peas and greens

So, let’s talk about these Black Eyed Peas And Greens Puff Pastry Baskets…

  • These are perfect to serve up as appetizers at a New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day Party,
  • They can be made in about 20 minutes if you purchase pre-made puff pastry baskets,
  • They are so tasty,
  • They are portable – and require no utensils to enjoy,
  • And, they are a unique way to incorporate a southern tradition into your New Year’s Day!
Easy New Years Appetizer

To all of you that have visited my little corner of the interwebs, thank you so very much! Here’s to hoping 2023 is simply fantabulous for you! In the meantime, if you are looking for some fun and unique ways to enjoy black-eyed peas and greens, check out the list below:

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Black-eyed peas and greens New Year's Appetizer

Black Eyed Peas And Greens Puff Pastry Baskets

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 9
Author: Shashi
If you plan to serve up black-eyed peas and greens on New Year’s Day, why not enjoy them in these fun and tasty Black Eyed Peas And Greens Puff Pastry Baskets?


  • Puff pastry sheets or puff pastry baskets
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion approx 1.5-2 cups
  • 1 inch chunk of ginger approx 2 tsp
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 cups frozen black-eyed peas
  • 4 cups spinach
  • 2 tsp coriander
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp cayenne Optional
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • parsley to garnish


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Grab two circular pastry cutters – one a little bit smaller than the other. Using the large one, cut out 9 circles in one of the puff pastry sheets. After cutting out 9, gather the dough and roll it out before cutting out more. Then, using the same large pastry cutter, cut out 9 large circles in the other pastry sheet as well, rolling out the remaining dough as needed. Then, using the smaller one, cut circles into the circles already cut out. Using a brush, brush some egg onto the bottom of the circle with a "hole" and place it on the larger circle. Repeat till you have 9 circles on top of the circles. Brush the tops with egg wash and bake at 400 degrees for 15 to 18 minutes. As these bake, they should rise up, forming baskets. When they are done, remove them from the oven and immediately press down on the middle, so there is a hollow part in the center of each basket.
  • Or simply bake 9 Pepperidge Farm puff pastry baskets and skip the tedious above step!
  • While the baskets are baking, peel and chop up the onion, ginger, and garlic.
  • Add the olive oil to a large pan over medium heat/flame and add in the peeled and chopped onion, ginger, and garlic. Sauté about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally to keep the mixture from burning.
  • Add in the frozen black-eyed peas and stir for 3-4 more minutes.
  • Then, add in the spinach as well as the coriander, turmeric, and cayenne (if using it) and stir well for another 1-2 minutes or until the spinach starts to wilt.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Remove the pan from the heat and set aside.
  • Once the puff pastry baskets are baked, using a small spoon, spoon the black-eyed peas and greens mixture into the middle of each pastry.
  • Garnish with fresh parsley, if desired.
  • Enjoy warm or at room temperature.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 148kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Sodium: 108mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 2g
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  1. rebecca says:

    creative recipe 🙂