Saturday, October 5, 2013

armadillo eggs and baby showers

They sort of go together, right?
I work in a small department where we celebrate everything.
Every birthday is celebrated with cake.
Sometimes, just because it is going to be a busy day, we bring food to the trough.
We really don't need an excuse.
We just love to eat!

This celebration happened to be a baby shower.
Shucks, but I missed the decor hanging above the table in this photo!
This party was planned to be a Chip & Dip one.
Homemade salsa, jalapeno dip, buffalo (something or another) dip ...
and a request for me to make Armadillo Eggs.
Armadillo Eggs??
Cristian couldn't remember what it was called ... but I understood completely.

What he wanted was Texas Caviar.
Thanks to my SIL Missy, I first tasted this the other summer at a family get together.
I don't make it often .... but I don't buy it from Costco either.
Some easy peasy ingredients with a few other things thrown in ... and yet others substituted.
This is not a spicy thing at all. If you want some zip ... throw in some extra somethings!

While the liquids are boiling and cooling ....

the draining and chopping is a happening.

Once the liquid is cooled, everything into a Ziploc bag (don't you just love the look of my own brand of Ziploc?!) and into the fridge overnite.

Serve up the next day with your favorite brand of tortilla chips!
Just in case you have a party coming up that needs an easy and yummy contribution, I'm sharing the recipe.
Happy eating!


Texas Caviar aka Armadillo Eggs

1 can black eyed peas
1 can pinto beans
1 jar pimentos
1 can shew peg corn
3 ribs celery
1 small onion

Drain the drainable, chop the choppable and place in Ziploc bag.

Combine ingredients below in small saucepan and bring to a boil. Cool.
3/4 c apple cider vinegar
1/2 c oil
1 Tbsp water
1 c sugar

When liquid is cool, dump into bag with other ingredients. Sit overnite.
Drain out fluids. Serve.


Stay tuned for another recipe from this table. That blue bowl covered with saran on the northern side of the table? An unbelievable mix of pumpkin and cream cheese. For. Dipping.