Zach(o-meter) insisted that we have some black-eyed peas and cabbage to ring in the New Year. EW! I’m a sap for traditions, but these ingredients are not my favorite. So my immediate task was to find a yummy way to use them – the good luck doesn’t count unless you enjoy eating it. (Jk – I just totally made that up, but why waist a meal, right?)
Last New Years we were visiting our dear friends, Claire and Nathan Hollek, and Claire made a killer “New Years Dip” with black-eyed peas. I definitely don’t jump up and down over black-eyed peas, and I had never even heard of hominy until I tried this dip. However, I was still thinking about it a year later. It must’ve been good! So this is the concoction we went with to spice up our good luck peas for 2012.
Black-Eyed Pea Dip Ingredients
1 can of hominy, drained
1 can of black-eyed peas, drained
1 can of Rotel
generous handful of cilantro, chopped
1 jalapeno pepper (seeded and chopped)
1 white onion, diced (I used ½ onion because it was really strong.)
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
about half a bottle of fat-free Italian dressing (I used light because I couldn’t find fat free in the store…no one eats fat free in Louisiana!)
- Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and toss to coat everything in the Italian dressing.
- Serve with chips right away or refrigerate for a while to let flavors marry one another…
Claire told me you can also add avocado if you’re eating it right away and that sounds yummy. We didn’t use avocados in ours on Jan 1, but you can’t ever go wrong with avocados!
I apologize that I’m sharing this recipe with you after the New Year, but I’m tellin’ ya – this is a great dip for any time of the year. So quick and easy. It would be great to make and bring to a party. It’s healthy and really fresh tasting. I can totally picture it at a summer BBQ. Look who is already dreaming of summer…maybe because it already feels like summer in Louisiana…in January…
Zach-o-meter: honored his black-eyed pea family tradition and got his luck for 2012 (phew!) in a much yummier way than straight outta the can. We both loved this dip when we rang in 2011 – and 2011 was a great year! We loved the dip (while watching football) this New Years day and hopefully 2012 will be just as great.
Hang tight to see how we transformed drab cabbage into a magnificent meal. Zach wanted to just steam it…plain. No gracias…
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