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This being the last Recipe of the Week for 2009, we are obligated to pass along to our readers the secret of success for 2010. Yes, it's an old southern custom that black-eyed peas eaten on New Year's Day bring good luck. We wish you all a very happy, safe and successful new year.

Served warm with corn chips, this will keep them coming back for more.
  • 2 cups black-eyed peas (fresh cooked or canned)
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons bacon drippings
  • 1 10-ounce can Ro-Tel tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • salt and pepper, to taste
Sauté the onion in the bacon drippings. Mash peas with a potato masher to break the skins (use a light hand; they should be chunky -- not puréed.)

Combine the peas, sautéed onion, tomatoes and cheese. Over low heat, stir until cheese is melted and dip is heated through. Season with salt and pepper, if desired. Makes about 2-1/2 cups.

Note: You may substitute 2 small, peeled fresh tomatoes and a minced serrano or jalapeño pepper (seeds, stems and ribs removed) for the Ro-Tel tomatoes, if desired.

Always popular at a party, Texas Caviar (with its black-eyed peas) will make for good fortune for the coming year if eaten on New Year's Day.
  • 2 cups black-eyed peas (fresh cooked or canned, well drained)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small can of chopped green chiles
  • dash of cayenne pepper or your favorite hot sauce
  • 2 tablespoons minced onion
  • 2 tablespoons minced celery
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro, minced (or more, if you are a cilantro fan)
  • 2 plum tomatoes, seeded and diced
Drain peas, rinse with cold water and drain again.

Combine olive oil, chiles, cayenne, onion, celery, vinegar, salt and pepper, and mix well. Pour over peas and stir gently. Refrigerate for several hours or overnight.

At serving time, add chopped tomatoes and cilantro, and stir gently to mix. Serve with tortilla chips.

Note: Be sure your peas, onion and celery contain as little water as possible. Texas Caviar is chunky -- not soupy.

If you prefer to sit down and eat your black-eyed peas "straight", there's nothing better than Plain and Simple Black-Eyed Peas with Grandma's Buttermilk Cornbread.

These and over 600 kitchen tested (and time tested) recipes can be found in Grandma's Cookbook. It's your online cookbook.

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