Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Texas Cavier

  • 1 Can Yellow Corn
  • 1 Can White Corn
  • 1 Can Black Beans
  • 1 Can White Beans
  • 2 Large Tomatoes
  • 2 Medium Green Peppers
  • 1/2 Medium White Onion
  • 6 Green Onions
  • 4 Cloves Garlic
  • 2 Jalapeno Peppers
  • 1/2 Bunch Fresh Cilantro
  • 1 Cup Kraft Zesty Italian Dressing
  1. Thoroughly drain and rinse the corn and beans and place in a large bowl.
  2. Dice the tomatoes, white onion, green peppers, and green onions and add to the bowl. Normally I use the largest chef’s knife I can find to do any type chopping, but this time around I decided to try out our Kitchen Aid Food Chopper. I was a bit skeptical at first, but it turns out I was able to chop everything in about half the time. The only problem I had was with the tomatoes, so I’d suggest sticking with the knife for those guys.
  3. Using a garlic press, smash the cloves of garlic and add to the bowl.
  4. Cut the jalapeno peppers in half lengthwise and remove the seeds and vein. Finely mince the remaining pepper flesh and add to the bowl. The white vein in the center of the pepper is where the heat is contained, so leave more of it if you want your caviar to have a kick. Also, if you don’t want your hands smelling like peppers for a couple days, then you should use food safe plastic gloves during this step. The oils from the jalapenos are very potent and will quickly soak into the skin on your hands. Even if you are wearing gloves, take extra caution during the step, especially if you are a contacts wearer…trust me!
  5. Finely mince the cilantro and add to the bowl. This is another ingredient that didn’t work well with the Kitchen Aid Food Chopper, so stick with the knife here too. Also feel free to vary the cilantro level to fit your own personal taste. Just make sure that you are using fresh leaf cilantro from the produce department and not the dried stuff you find in the spice aisle.
  6. Pour the Zesty Italian Dressing over the vegetable mixture and stir until the contents of the bowl are evenly distributed. If you’re really riding strong on the healthy bandwagon, try using Kraft Free Zesty Italian Dressing. You get the same bold taste without the fat content.
  7. You can eat the caviar immediately, but the flavors won’t fully meld together until it’s had a chance to rest. I always prepare the caviar the day before I plan to use it and let it sit in the fridge overnight.
  8. Serve with Tostitos Scoops and enjoy!

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