Black or White Bean Cakes

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  • 1 1/4 cups dried pea beans or black beans
  • 1 1/2 cups cornmeal
  • 3/4 cup milk or water
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced scallions
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons bacon drippings or vegetable oil


  1. Soak beans overnight in cold water.
  2. Drain and rinse beans, then place in a large saucepan with fresh water to cover. Cook over medium heat for about 1 1/2 hours or until tender. Drain and reserve.
  3. In a bowl, combine cornmeal with milk, eggs and salt. Fold in beans and scallions. Form mixture into 2- to 3-inch patties.
  4. Heat drippings on a griddle or in a large skillet. Fry cakes for 1 to 2 minutes per side over medium heat, until golden brown.
  5. Serve hot or at room temperature.

Makes 10 to 12 cakes.