Wednesday, December 30, 2009

LoneStar Caviar

Eat poor that day, eat rich the rest of the year.
Rice for riches and peas for peace.
- Southern saying on eating a dish of Hoppin' John on New Year's Day.

It's tradition for good luck in the New Year, the first thing that should be eaten on New year's Day is Hoppin' John. Folklore says if it's served with collard greens you might get rich during the coming year! Hoppin' John was served in my house growing up on New Year's Day. Mom would simmer the black-eyed peas with ham hocks and we'd have a pan of cornbread.
I ate one spoonfull of the black-eyed peas and made my meal out on cornbread, butter and honey! Not enough to count for good luck, I eventually found a recipe in Texas that I do like. We eat this as a dip with tortilla chips, but it's wonderful as a condiment alongside ham or pork.

Now I have my bases covered!

LoneStar Caviar   Printable Recipe
From Texas Holiday Cookbook by Dotty Griffith
1 (16 ounce) package frozen black-eyed peas
1 cup green pepper, chopped into small dice
1 cup red pepper, chopped into small dice
1/4 cup finely chopped jalapeno pepper, seeds removed for less heat
1 cup yellow onion, chopped into small dice
1 cup finely chopped green onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup finely chopped parsley
2 teaspoons salt
3/4 cup vegetable or olive oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
Cook black-eyed peas, according to package instructions or until tender 20-30 minutes. Drain well. Place black-eyed peas in a large mixing bowl. Toss with peppers, onions, garlic and parsley. Whisk together oil, vinegar and salt. Adjust seasoning to taste. Pour over vegetables and refrigerate overnight to meld flavors. Can be stored in refrigerator for 2 weeks. Makes 6 cups.


  1. This Texas girlie loves Lonestar Caviar, and I love your post!! :)
    I am laughing because my kiddos too every year will eat exactly one spoonful!!! Tooo funny that you did the same thing. :)
    ♥ Teresa

  2. I agree this is a wonderful way to get our New Year's black eyed peas.
    Thanks for the reminder!

    I hope you have a wonderful Happy New Year!


  3. Now that sounds good!!! Maybe a little cilantro for good measure!!!

  4. Sounds real good! Happy New Year to you..hope it's a good one! Come say hi :D

  5. A lot of people eat good for the coming new year. Happy new year to you . I am sooo behind since I'm not here much lately. Burn out I guess

  6. Granny, sounds too good. I'll have to go get some collards. I grew blackeyed peas this summer and am going to make them tomorrow. I'm also going to post my recipe for Hoppin'John that has fried okra on top with rice and diced tomatoes too.

  7. Looks delicious! Great tradition, where do I find some collards?
    Have a very Happy New Year!

  8. Joycee.. thank you soo much for stopping by and posting on my blog.. please feel free to become a 'follower' as I have with yours.. and I do love your blog!

    I must say, we here in the south have the 'must haves' ready.. blackeyed peas, collards and pork with biscuits too! Now if I can only get my hubs to nibble on the collards.

    I can't wait to read more of your blog and take apeek inside of your home!

    With love,

  9. Lone Star Caviar; what a perfect name. I'm going to be making some of this to have with my pickled herring. That's our family tradition for a great New Year. You don't have to eat much of it, just a taste for it to count. Not my favorite thing, but this might make it taste a little better. :)

    Happy New Year! xxoo

  10. You do realize that this is one of my favorite foods don't you? Now if only I can get my husband to eat it...

    And HOW did I MISS this when it came around in the first place???

    Can't wait! Making it this weekend!

    (On The Farmlet)


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