Not a fan of traditional caviar, with the tell-tale strong, salty overtones? Have no fear! This easy, non-fish-egg version of an otherwise pricey delicacy will have you digging in, pronto! It’s Craveable Cowboy Caviar to the rescue!
Caviar isn’t everyone’s cup of, well, fish eggs. While I love just about anything with a big salty punch, I have to admit that most caviar I’ve tried is a bit overwhelming even for my palate. So when we moved to Texas, I was surprised to hear people talking about their various recipes for “Cowboy Caviar”. Um, aren’t cowboys generally found with, oh I don’t know, COWS? Or at least other land-based livestock?
Enter Texas creativity. Leave it to those in this neck of the woods to come up with what they figure look like eggs, but aren’t. Caviar is little fish eggs, which are round. What else is round, and much more plentiful here on land? Beans! Beans are (kind of) round, so why not toss them together and create a party food that is a bit more appealing?
Luckily for me, not only has my father-in-law been providing fresh Summer tomatoes (which I’ve been using for everything from fresh salsa to tomato flatbread), but he also brought us a big jar of fresh black eyed peas. Yum! If you don’t have fresh, feel free to use the canned ones. Same meaty texture, and probably more convenient!
What I love about this creation is that:
- Every household has their own recipe.
- You can change it up based on your palate.
- It looks different depending on what you may have in your pantry.
The variety comes when you get creative and add things like red onions, or jalapenos, or pinto beans instead of black beans. Variety, AND you can sound fancy when you tell people you’re serving caviar. Yee-haw!
Giddy up and grab yourself some Craveable Cowboy Caviar! You’ll be feeling Cowboy fancy faster than you can saddle up!