Saturday, December 31, 2011

Lucky Black Eyed Peas

My mother and grandmother were southern cooks--I know, I'm lucky that way!  As such, black-eyed peas were a must on New Year's Day--I think for luck, but I'm not absolutely sure.  Southern women reading this blog, please tell me if I am wrong.

So, of course, I am going to make something with black-eyed peas to take over to my sister's New Year's Eve and I am happy to say, it is relatively healthy--in moderation, of course and with baked chips (just load them up enough not to taste their lack of taste!)

This recipe came from a bunco friend, Susan Klaassen, and is a staple in this household anytime.

Missouri Caviar
(sometimes called Texas, Mississippi, etc.)

3 can of black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed
1 bunch of green onions, chopped
1 red pepper chopped
1 cup of cilantro, chopped
1-1/2 teaspoons of minced garlic
*1-8 ounce jar of your favorite Italian dressing
**1/4 cup of jalapenos, chopped

Mix everything together and serve as a dip with your favorite chips OR use as a topping on a bed of greens for a lovely salad!

*(I used Wishbone Zesty Italian)
**I use jalapenos in a jar

If you're looking for something a bit more festive, check out the recipe for Champagne Punch over at the blog Between Naps on the Porch.  I thought it looked yummy!  And she has a wonderful blog with lots of other fun stuff too.

Happy 2012!

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  1. I love black eyed peas and these look delish! Thinks for the recipe...a new twist on an old favorite. :) Happy New Year, Robin!

  2. Wow, that's looks delicious. Unfortunately I just have to look at beans and I blow up. But hey, it's jut one time a year.

    Happy New Years!

  3. Greetings from Texas!!

    You're absolutely correct!! You eat black eyed peas on New Years Day so you'll have good luck throughout the year. For those who love them (as I do!!!) it's a treat. For the poor souls who are not fond of them (my children say they taste like dirt!!) it's still a requirement that they eat at least one spoonful :) Your recipe looks great and I'm going to try it.

    Happy New Year!

  4. I'm definitely going to try this recipe, it's just the sort of thing I like.
    Have a very Happy New Year.

  5. I grew up - here in NC - with the traditional meal of black-eyed peas, greens, and cornbread on New Year's Day. And, yes, I was always told it was for good luck in the coming year. ;)

    Thanks for being a special part of Time Travel Thursday last year. I hope you'll continue to join the fun in 2012!

    Happy New Year!
    Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage


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