Tasty Tuesday ~ Cowboy Caviar
Not real caviar, cowboy style… no fish outta this girl (maybe 2 tbsp tuna in a mac salad or crab legs, but that’s it) – TRUST ME, keep reading…
So another of my favorite hobbies is reading recipes… not cooking or baking them mind you, just reading them!! I have about 10 food bloggers that I follow faithfully and I also check “all-recipes” and “cooks.com” regularly.
As some of you may have seen on facebook, I am attempting a “Tasty Tuesday” feature as well… I just want to build a “virtual” cookbook of tried and true recipes and ideas – using real food, that good or bad, is what my family actually eats – you know after school and before practice or more likely at about 8 o’clock when we actually get home… UGH!!
I want to start with appetizers, and in the spirit of getting the ball rolling on this gig, I am going to post one of my very favorites… COWBOY CAVIAR or bean dip or bean salsa… who knew I was so fond of black beans… I am getting so daring in my (cough-cough) 30’s… <wink>
One of my new favorite pals, Heidi Hinze – “HI HEIDI”, gave me this recipe after she brought it to our annual girl’s weekend this year… hmmm, girl’s weekend… that is a whole’nother story there!! WAIT – I have some pictures right here…
JUST KIDDING GIRLS!! “There was no picture tooken!” – from Kimberly and Beck – are you familiar?? Love my morning radio… ANYHOW – (I think I had too much caffeine tonight) if you love a good dip with a kick, give this a try with some Tostito Scoops… It is AMAZING – and I am making it this Friday for a Saturday party (allowing it to sit overnight makes it even better)!!
This is Heidi’s recipe with my notes….
COWBOY CAVIAR / BEAN SALSA
1 can black eye peas rinse & drain
1 can black beans rinse & drain
1 can shoepeg corn drained (any ‘ole corn will do…)
1 small jar pimentos drained
1/2 jar diced jalapeños
1 medium red onion – dice well
2 stalks celery (optional) – dice well
1 cup olive oil
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1 cup sugar
Combine first 7 ingredients in a large bowl…
In medium sauce pan heat last 3 ingredients over medium heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Pour over bean mixture, allow to marinate for at least 6 hours – overnight is even better!!. Drain the marinade off but save some to pour over the bean mixture (1/4 cup) to keep it moist (moist, not drenched) once served.
TASTY TIP: Save a big scoop of the bean salsa to put over salad – with or without chicken… no other dressing needed!!
NOW… what is your favorite appetizer?? Do tell!!