Call It Cowboy Caviar Or Texas Caviar. Either Way It's Oh So Delicious.
Make Johnny Cakes To Serve With The Cowboy Caviar
How To Make Johnnycakes
Johnnycakes are a thin, flat simple bread made of cornmeal, salt, and boiling water or buttermilk. I like to make them with buttermilk. Johnnycakes, are sometimes called "hoe cakes " and they are typically cooked on a griddle or a skillet like a pancake.
I use a box of Jiffy Corn Bread Mix and I mix it up with a cup of buttermilk and one large egg. Put butter or margarine in a large skillet and heat the skillet to medium hot. Pour out heaping tablespoons of the batter out onto the hot skillet and cook until you see a lot of bubbles form on the uncooked side.
When you see a lot of bubbles flip the Johnny Cakes over and cook them on the other side. You want the Johnny Cakes to be golden brown on both sides and done in the middle.
Rescue For Working With Hot Peppers
After working with jalapeno peppers, its important to wash your hands thoroughly to avoid accidentally burning the eyes or skin. Wearing rubber kitchen gloves while working with jalapeno peppers will remedy this.
Course Ground Sea Salt
You should be able to find course ground sea salt in the same place as the regular table salt in your local grocery store or supermarket. You'll find that course ground sea salt will have a lot more flavor than regular table salt and as it has a lot of minerals it is also better for you.
Cowboy Caviar Recipe
You will find this delicious dish called Cowboy Caviar and Texas Caviar. By either name its just as delicious but here were calling it Cowboy Caviar. You'll find that this delicious vegetable dish is often served at dinner parties and picnics in Texas. And now it is being served over much of the American south. I almost always serve Cowboy Caviar with my Pulled Pork Barbecue. If you click that link you'll find a wonderful recipe for doing pulled pork.
If you want less fire in your dish split your jalapenos in half lengthwise and wash all the seeds and membranes away but be careful not to touch your face while your doing this. Sometimes I use Rotel Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilies in place of the diced tomatoes.
I almost always make sure to use canned black eyed peas and I wash my black eyed peas well in a colander and drain them very well before I add the black eyed peas to the salad.
1. 1 Large Can Whole Kernel Corn.
2. 2 Cups Fine Diced Tomatoes.
3. 2 15 Ounce Cans Black Eyed Peas Well Washed And Drained.
4. 1/4 Cup Diced Green Onions.
5. 1/4 Cup Fine Chopped Red Bell Peppers.
6. 2 Tablespoons Fine Minced Garlic.
7. 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil.
8. 2 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar.
9. 2 Fresh Jalapeno's Chopped Very Fine.
10. 1 Teaspoon Course Ground Sea Salt.
11. 1 Teaspoon Black Pepper.
12. 1 Teaspoon Ground Cayenne Pepper.
13. 2 Tablespoons Fine Diced Purple Onion.
14. 1 Teaspoon Ground Cumin Powder.
Chopping, Mincing, Cubing, Dicing
Is There Really A Difference Between Chopping, Mincing, Cubing, And Dicing?
Yes! Chopping refers to cutting food into irregular pieces about the size of peas. Mincing is chopping food into tiny irregular pieces. Cubing is cutting food into uniform same-size pieces, usually about 1/2 inch large. And dicing is similar to cubing, except the pieces are 1/8 to 1/4 inch on each side. Chefs sometimes use these terms to designate the differences in chopping.
Chopping is cutting food with a knife or cleaver into small, irregular pieces. A food processor may also be used to chop food. Cutting boards and sharp knives are crucial for quicker chopping. Many professionals suggest quickly sharpening knives with a sharpening steel after each use. A Chef's knife can make quick work of chopping.
I use my food processor all the time. It makes it easy to chop onion, nuts, breadcrumbs, and parsley. I like to chop them ahead of time and keep them on hand in the freezer. It makes cooking a lot quicker and easier.
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