Book club is fun. Not only because it is interesting to all read the same book and then come together to discuss what you thought of it, but also because the hostess always has snacks and a dessert. Interesting discussion and good food — a winning combination.
One snack that has been served numerous times is called Texas Caviar. And it seems like everyone has a slightly different recipe, but they are all good.
So being the “sheep” I am, I made the “caviar” when I had the club here in November. Mine was copied from one of the others’ recipes and was delicious. And I served it with both tortilla chips and thin slices of garlic bread. I liked it on the bread best.
Book Club Caviar
1/2 large white onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
6 green onions, chopped (AHA! I can use my home-grown green onions next time!)
1 T. minced garlic (from a jar)
2 average-size jalapeno peppers, with seeds removed, diced
1 pint cherry tomatoes, diced
15 oz. black beans, drained and rinsed
15 oz. black eyed peas, drained
1/2 t. ground coriander
8 oz. zesty italian dressing
1 bunch fresh chopped cilantro (amount to taste)
Mix, cover, chill. Best if made a day ahead so that flavors can blend.