Texas caviar is a classic side dish recipe of spiced and flavored black eyed peas. This side dish is most notably served as good luck on New Year’s Day!
So a quick recipe for you today. Texas Caviar made with black-eyed peas. Black-eyed peas are thought to bring prosperity and good luck if eaten on New Year’s Day. Hey, who among us couldn’t use a little good luck and a lot of prosperity? I first tasted Texas Caviar at least 20 years ago, when we received a “kit” for Christmas. It was so delicious, I tried for many years to re-create it. This recipe is loosely based on one from Emeril Lagasse.
So Happy New Year and may 2012 bring you all you wish for!
Enjoy your Texas caviar!
- 3 cups cooked black eyed peas
- 1/2 red bell pepper diced small
- 1/2 green bell pepper diced small
- 1 small jalapeno minced
- 3 green onions finely sliced
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 sprig of fresh thyme chopped
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
- juice of half of lemon or to taste
- 1/4 teaspoon ground oregano
- 1/2 cup fresh cilantro chopped
- Kosher salt and pepper to taste.
- Mix everything together. Season to taste. It tastes better if it's chilled for several hours before serving to let the flavors meld together. You can serve it as a side dish or with tortilla chips.