Last Sunday morning I was working on my shopping list for the week. I knew we were having people over on Sunday for the Niner’s game, so I was trying to come up with an appetizer. I didn’t want something unhealthy or that would take a lot of work. I couldn’t come up with anything, and then I remembered an appetizer one of my Aunt Shellie’s friend, Kathy made and brought to a party we had years ago. It was cowboy caviar, and it was the first time I had ever heard of it. Hers was delicious, and I loved it, and then I never made it myself. I wish I had her recipe, because I remember it being the bomb, but unfortunately I didn’t have the reecipe, so I started looking to create my own.
I checked a few spots on the internet, and I wasn’t really finding anything that I wanted to make. Finally I checked The Sweets Life, because she has like a million recipes. Of course, she had one! I checked through the ingredients and saw it was a good fit. I always love her stuff, and I think we have the same style/outlook on cooking and food.
I ended up changing one main thing and that was that I used black eyed peas. I did this because I could have sworn Kathy’s recipe used black eyed peas. You can definitely use black beans, and I think it’d be just as delicious.
Adapted from The Sweets Life
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1.5 teaspoons hot sauce
1.5 teaspoons olive oil
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper
1/2 pound roma tomatoes, seeded & diced
1 avocado, diced
1 cup corn, fresh or frozen & defrosted
1 (15 oz) can black eyed peas or black beans, drained & rinsed
3 green onions, sliced
2/3 cup cilantro, chopped
1. Combine all of the dressing ingredients in a small bow or jar and whisk or shake. Set aside.
2. In a large bowl; combine the tomatoes through cilantro and stir in the dressing. Season with more salt and pepper if needed. Serve with tortilla chips.
What I love about this recipe is that the ingredients are so fresh and colorful. It makes me not even feel too bad about eating it. I can’t even imagine how delicious it would have been with fresh corn. Now we’re talkin! Try serving this at your next party. I’m sure none will be left.
And a silly picture of Ryder during one of his afternoon naps while I made this recipe. He often opts for the hardwoods next to our big chair and ottoman under the window, and next to his bed rather than on his bed. He also sleeps with those back paws of his up on the wall. It’s a very interesting way to sleep.