14 February 2010

Texas Caviar

I am not posting about Valentine's Day. Because I do not believe in it. I mean, I believe that it exists, but I do not believe in the over commercialized annual celebration of love. So I'm sharing a recipe today.

In Texas it is tradition to eat black eyed peas on New Year's Day. I don't know where this originated, but it's something my family always did. I am not a huge fan of black eyed peas, but I do love Texas caviar, which is a spicy black eyed pea salad. After realizing in early January that I hadn't had Texas caviar in years, I called my mom and asked her what it entailed. I then sought frozen black eyed peas, but I didn't find any, so I had to settle for a bag of dried black eyed peas. Anyway, here is the recipe:

Texas Caviar
1 bag of black eyed peas, cooked and chilled (frozen are best)
1 green bell pepper
1 red onion
1 jalapeno
1 jar of pimientos
1 package of zesty Italian salad dressing mix

Chop the onion, bell pepper and jalapeno very finely. Mix all ingredients together.

That's it. It's really simple and really flavorful. After making it today, I've decided that making the black eyed peas from scratch is maybe not worth my time nor worth the earthy smell the legumes produce in kitchen. I think in future I will just use canned black beans. It won't be exactly the same, but the nutritional value will be comparable, and the ease will be even better.


Packrat said...

Thanks for the recipe. This sounds like it has some zip to it. That is the way I like it.

Alice said...

This is the only spicey thing your sister ever liked. As for me I think is great, and I have not made it in years myself. Think maybe I will this week!

Steven said...

Sooo good. I had some from Central market for New Years.