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.