A Texas and Southern staple, this dish was created by Helen Corbitt - a culinary luminary in Texas. For a New Year's Eve dinner, Corbitt "re invented" the traditional dish of black eyed peas by marinating them and serving them as a salad at the Houston Country Club. The dish didn't get the name of Texas Caviar though until it was served at the Driskill Hotel- evidently Texans decided that it deserved a fancier name than "pickled black eyed peas!" The name stuck and so has this dish - in fact it was so popular that when Corbitt went to work at Neiman Marcus, the company canned it and sold it in their stores. Part of it's appeal is that it lends itself to individual expression. Some make it with corn and some make it with peppers - and some make it with both!! My version? No corn - lots of peppers. —[email protected]
good quality red wine vinegar
canola or vegetable oil
for the caviar
can black eyed peas, drained and rinsed
roasted red bell peppers, chopped
scallions, thinly sliced
red bell pepper, seeded and diced
orange bell pepper, seeded and diced
yellow bell pepper, seeded and diced
chipotle chile in adobo sauce, seeded and minced
cloves garlic, minced
italian parsley, minced
In This Recipe
Combine mustard, salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Add both vinegars and whisk until mustard is fully incorporated. Slowly whisk in the oil. Taste and adjust seasonings. Set aside.
Combine the remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Pour the vinaigrette over and stir to combine all the ingredients. Refrigerate overnight. Serve with tortilla chips or the traditional fritos!