Everything is bigger in Texas. In fact, it might just be a whole new country. And these caviar certainly are big and definitely have Lone-star bite. It is only fitting that this quintessential southern food represent the height of eating in Texas, since black-eyed peas really are an inexpensive food, but also very very rich in flavor, and style.
So next time you take a look at these “eggs” just compare them to something like flying fish roe and think, “This is Texan.”
Enjoy them with whole grain tortilla chips or add to your favorite pulled pork burrito. Any way you go about it, the eating is good.
If you happen to enjoy these on New Year’s Day, you can add yourself a measure of good luck as well as good fortune! In Asia, fish eggs (caviar) are considered to be very good luck and very auspicious, especially eaten at New Year’s and the peas themselves are symbolic of wealth. So enjoy good luck and good fortune in the coming year of 2014!
Happy New year!
- 1 16-ounce can black-eyed peas, drained
- 1 cup frozen corn, thawed
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh ripe tomato
- 1/4 cup sliced scallions or green onions
- 1/4 cup chopped red bell pepper
- 1/4 cup chopped white onion
- 2 tablespoons chopped green chiles
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
- 1 fresh jalapeno, seeded and minced
- 1-2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- pinch sugar (to taste)
- salt and black pepper (to taste)
- Stir together ingredients and let marinate, refrigerated, for several hours.
- Serve with crispy tortilla chips.
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