Since the Cowboy Caviar recipe has been receiving the most hits recently, I figured it would be a perfect fit for a re-submission and entry in My Legume Love Affair: 12th Helping hosted this month by Annarasa. If you would like to participate in the future, be sure to check out the Monthly Host Schedule. Also, look for Hurst’s Beans to be a co-sponsor of this contest going forward and to provide prizes to each monthly winner!
As summer quickly approaches, the idea of eating a warm and hearty soup seems to steer a lot of people away from utilizing beans in their everyday diet. Because they are so easy to add to any soup or stew, it is easy to forget that beans can adapt just as well to chilled dishes. This recipe features the “earthy” flavor of Blackeye Peas with fresh vegetables, and is tossed in a delicious tangy and spicy dressing.
The name “Cowboy Caviar” sums this dish up quite well; it is a refined take on a fairly unrefined product (beans). A web search will produce quite a few versions of the recipe (one of my favorites), but the problem I have found with many of these is the use of canned beans (go figure). The issue is that canned bean products are almost always too mushy and soft. The texture of the fresh vegetables in this case is completely ruined if you use a bean that can’t hold up, especially considering that this dish is always “better the next day”. Use dry beans and not only will the final result be much better, but you can make twice as much for 1/2 the cost…
What you need:
1- Package Hurst’s® Brand Blackeye Peas
1- Cup Diced Tomato. (substitute canned if you need to)
1- Cup Sweet Corn (cut from 2 ears)
1- Cup Green Pepper, diced.
1- Cup Diced Red Onion
1- Jalapeno, stemmed and seeded.
3-4 Cloves Garlic, peeled
4-5 Stalks Green Onion
1/4-1/2 Cup Cilantro
Juice from 1 Lime
1/4- Cup Olive Oil
1/4- Cup Red Wine Vinegar
Salt and Pepper
1. Place Black-eye’s in a colander or sieve and rinse thoroughly. Sort through the beans, check for any debris or dirt and discard. Place rinsed beans in a large soup pot and cover with at least 2″ of water. Bring to a rolling boil, then reduce the heat and simmer (covered) for about 2 hrs. Check the tenderness periodically toward the end of the cooking time. When they have cooked through but are still hold their shape, remove from the heat and drain off excess water. Pour the beans into a large mixing bowl to cool off.
2. While the beans are cooking, prepare the vegetables. Cut the fresh corn off the cob and dice the tomato, onion, and green pepper into 1/4″ pieces.
3. In a food processor or blender, add garlic, green onion, cilantro, jalapeno, oil and vinegar. Puree mixture for 1-2 minutes.
4. Place chopped vegetables into container with beans. Pour dressing over the top and stir entire mixture to combine. Place in fridgerator for at least 1 hour (the longer the better) before serving to allow time for the flavors to meld.
5. Serve cold with tortilla chips for dipping.
*This also makes an excellent side dish for any meal, and is great in a quesadilla or taco too!