Tasty Tuesday ~ Cowboy Caviar

 

Cowboy CaviarNot 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 2

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!!

 

 

 

 

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Posted on October 12, 2011, in Meals. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Thanks for the recipe Michelle! Wow, ask and ye shall receive!!! My favorite appetizer recipe…..hmmmm…..that’s a tough one. I think it would have to be Dr. Pepper stuffed Mushrooms, yep Dr. Pepper. It’s really easy and great for those of us who don’t like seafood, normally stuffed in most mushrooms! Here it is:

    1/2 cup bread crumbs
    1/3 cup Sr. Pepper
    1 can (4.5 oz) deviled ham
    2 T. melted butter
    2 T. onion (finely chopped)
    1/2 t. Worchestershire Sauce
    1/2 T. Seasoned salt
    3 cans (6 oz.) large mushroom caps (I use fresh and par boil them a little – remove the stems and you can chop those and add to the filling)

    Drain and remove stems from mushroom caps (use a teaspoon to scoop out the stem)

    Combine all other ingredients (except melted butter) in a mixing bowl.

    Fill the center of each cap with a spoonful of stuffing

    Put the caps in a shallow baking dish and brush with melted butter (I like to sprinkle a little grated Romano cheese over the caps too)

    Broil for 5-8 minutes or until hot and lightly browned

    Serve in a chafing dish to keep mushrooms very hot (or just set the pan in the middle of the table and let everyone dive in!).

    Makes about 2 dozen caps

    • Thanks Momzy – that sounds awesome!! I have heard of using Dr. Pepper (and/or Root Beer) in many things… it just adds the correct PIZAZZ (?) I will definately try this – stuffed mushrooms are Kerry’s favorite food!! YUMMY!!

  2. Thanks for sharing Michelle! I, too love to read cookbooks like novels…but I also like to cook the recipes. I have a favorite appy recipe that I stole from O’Lacy’s in Batavia. It’s called Ramaki’s
    1 lb of chicken breast tenders cut into chunks
    1 lb bacon
    BBQ sauce
    Directions:
    Just simply wrap 1/2 peice of bacon around each chunk of chicken and cook under the broiler for about 10-15 minutes. Drizzle with wattered down BBQ sauce and put a toothpick in each one and plate them! I also will do them on the grill in the summer. They are ALWAYS a hit!
    Keep up the great work Michelle! I am really enjoying all that you are sharing with us!
    XOXO,
    Jessi

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