I had guests coming over and I decided to prepare and serve Edikaikong with Nli-Oka.
I realized later that I still had left over Nigerian Ugu.
Meanwhile, days before then, I bought Nigerian Zogale aka moringa leaves which I wanted to use for tea, because this harmattan is harsh.
Well, I had me Ugu and Zogale and I whipped up this recipe as after meal chops.
The highlight of this snack is that its a great way to entice kids to eat vegetables. Adults, Elderly also love it!
- 1 bunch of green vegetables ( I like Nigerian Zogale and Nigerian Ugu mix)
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 small onion, diced
- Salt, to taste
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 bunch of chopped Nigerian nchanwu/efirin
- 1 tablespoon ground pepper (use at your discretion)
- Mixed Spices (optional)
- 1 cup fresh breadcrumbs
- ¼ cup crumbled cheese
- 1 or 2 eggs
- Oil for frying ( I prefer to bake mine)
- Pulse green vegetables in a food processor or finely chop with a knife. They should be tiny but not puréed or mushy.
- Heat a large frypan over medium-low heat and add the oil, onion, and salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until soft and lightly browned. Add the garlic, Nigerian nchanwu/efirin, and pepper. Stir for 30 seconds.
- Add green vegetables to pan and sauté for a minute or two, until they have wilted. Turn the mixture into a large bowl.
- Leave to cool, then add the breadcrumbs and cheese. Mix well, then taste for seasoning. Add more salt if necessary as this is your chance to get the seasoning right while the mixture is egg-free. Crack one egg into the bowl and mix with your hands to incorporate. Squeeze a small ball of the mixture. If it holds together, begin portioning out the remaining mixture into small balls. If it doesn’t hold together, add another egg.
- If you choose to bake, oil the baking sheet. Set oven to 250- 300 degrees. Bake for 15 minutes. Flip over and bake for 10 more minutes.
- If you choose to fry, heat oil in a frypan over medium-high heat. Add balls to pan. They should sizzle when they hit the oil, then turn heat down. Cook until golden. Flip the balls to the other side and cook for another 2 minutes. Enjoy!
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