How to get your black eyed peas on! Lets get this started in here!
We got 9 different kinds of peppers goin on. (and it aint too spicy either)
When I was a kid my mom used to make me eat at least one black eyed pea on New Years Day for good luck. I never liked em very much, nor did I like cilantro. It certainly is interesting how our palate and preferences change over time. I absolutely LOVE cilantro now and it is probably my favorite fresh herb. You can make a marvelous herb infused oil out of the stuff (or this bread) but that will have to wait for another post. Now on to the TEXAS CAVIAR:
2 dried ancho Chiles
4 dried guajillo chiles
2 dried Chile de arbol (more if you want it spicier)
black pepper to taste
1 Tbsp dried hatch pepper
1 can green chiles
2 jalepeños (more if you want it spicier)
1 red bell pepper
1 green bell pepper
Holy Toledo thats 9 different peppers! But trust me it’s not really spicy at all if you de-seed the peppers.
The other guys:
1 can white hominy
1 can black eyed peas
1 fist-full of chopped cilantro
1 cup corn kernels (frozen if it is out of season)
2 Tbsp flax seed oil
1 can chopped tomato (fresh would be better but tomato is way out of season right now and unripe tomatoes are a food crime as far as I am concerned)
salt to taste
Start out by snipping the stems off the dried chiles and getting the seeds out. Then cut with your kitchen sheers into strips and then tiny squares (like your making a chile confetti). Roast your peppers and remove skin then de-seed and cut to a large dice. Remove stem, seeds (and their membrane) from the jalepeños and cut to a nice brunoise (that’s fancy french for a tiny uniform dice). Drain and rinse hominy and peas.
combine all ingredients. Seriously that’s it. Taste it and adjust seasonings/ heat as needed. Once you stash it in the fridge the flavors will meld and develop and the dried chiles will rehydrate.
You can serve it with chips like a salsa, put it on top of a salad with a little sour cream perhaps, or just eat it straight up with a spoon. It’s dang good and double dang good for ya!
Wishing you health and happiness in 2012.