Kicked Up Texas Caviar for #SundaySupper

Kicked Up Texas Caviar

I don’t know about you, but when it comes time for the big game and big game parties, I am all about the food. Getting together with friends and family for a game day gathering is so much better when fantastic finger foods are involved. For today’s Sunday Supper with Gallo Family Vineyards, I am bringing a big bowl of Kicked Up Texas Caviar for all to enjoy!

Kicked Up Texas Caviar

Texas caviar has been served at my house ever since I can remember. My mom would make a big batch every year for New Year’s Day since it is filled with black eyed peas (for good luck), but now it has become a favorite dip for parties. It is so easy to put together, it’s filled with bright colors, it features different textures, and it pleases a crowd every single time. I love that I can put together a batch of Texas caviar the night before the big party, and simply pull it out at game time to serve with a big bowl of tortilla chips.

Kicked Up Texas Caviar

But for as many times as I’ve served Texas caviar at parties, it is time to kick it up a notch and change it a bit. And that is occurring with the addition of one of my all time favorite foods: avocado. Adding chunks of creamy avocado was JUST what this favorite dip of mine needed to kick everything up another notch. I’m hooked.

Kicked Up Texas Caviar

Of course, it wouldn’t be a party without the addition of wine. For this Kicked Up Texas Caviar, I suggest pouring a glass of Gallo Family Vineyards’ Sauvignon Blanc. It is light bodied and crisp, with flavors of honeydew, citrus, and apple. It’s a great companion for salads, seafood, and pesto. It’s a refreshing choice to sip alongside this delicious dip!

Kicked Up Texas Caviar

Not that I’m anticipating you’ll have any leftovers, but if you happen to have some Texas Caviar in the bowl after the big game party is over and done with, it can really show its versatility with other dishes. I highly recommend adding a big scoop to a bowl of fresh greens; it is a wonderful salad topping that will have you ready for lunch in a split second.

Kicked Up Texas Caviar

Need some tips for hosting the big game at your home? Check out Gallo’s advice. Looking for food and wine pairings for your Supper Bowl? Gallo has you covered with their pairing suggestions. If you are looking for even more football finger foods, make sure to check out Gallo’s selection of recipes as well! And if you’re interested in seeing last year’s entertaining pairings from Sunday Supper, check them out on Gallo Family’s blog.

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Kicked Up Texas Caviar for #SundaySupper
 
An easy to make, bright, and flavorful dip for your next gathering: Kicked Up Texas Caviar!
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Ingredients
  • 1 (14oz) can black eye peas, drained
  • 1 cup corn kernels (if using frozen, thaw before using)
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 3 green onions, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 cup bell pepper (either green or assorted colors), diced
  • 5 tablespoons Italian dressing
  • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro (optional)
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, diced (optional)
  • 1 avocado, cubed
Instructions
  1. Combine black eye peas, corn, tomato, green onion, garlic, and bell pepper in a large bowl. Toss gently to mix well. Pour Italian dressing over the mixture and carefully stir to coat.
  2. Cover and marinate at least 2 hours in the refrigerator. Texas Caviar is best if left overnight!
  3. Before serving, drain excess liquid that accumulates, gently stir in cubed avocado. Serve Texas Caviar with tortilla chips. Enjoy!

 

Make sure you take a look through all of the wonderful recipes the Sunday Supper family has created below. We hope you’ll bring along some of your favorite recipes and wine pairings this week as well!

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Red Wine Caramel and Chocolate Apples for #SundaySupper

The Halloween season is officially upon us, and that means it is time for a little bit of sinful indulgence. I don’t know about you, but the beloved creepy holiday is a perfect excuse for me to walk a little on the wild side and enjoy some decadent bites like these red wine caramel and chocolate apples. They are just one of the recipes being presented around the table today for a Frightfully Fun Entertaining themed #SundaySupper with Gallo Family Vineyards!

Red Wine Caramel Chocolate Apples

One of the food images that always pops into my head with Halloween is a platter filled with caramel apples. They are such a wonderful treat bringing out a bountiful fruit of the fall season. You have the tart, cool crunch of the apple (I prefer Granny Smith for their tart flavor and firm texture, but you can use your favorite apple variety), the rich flavor and chewy texture of the caramel, and just enough chocolate to take this dessert over the top. Creating a slightly sinister plate of these red wine caramel and chocolate apples for my Halloween entertaining seemed like the thing to do. By replacing traditional wooden sticks with some natural branches (sourced from the craft store), these enticing caramel apples beckon to you. Take a bite, won’t you? I promise: you won’t regret it…

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Mashed Potato Monsters for #SundaySupper

Halloween season is approaching, and I can hardly wait!!! From haunted houses to scary movies to creepy costume parties, we are ALL about them in this household. And of course, there is one component of Halloween fun we can’t forget: frightful food. Today, I am sharing a deliciously creepy recipe (and a video too!) for some mashed potato monsters!

mashed potato monsters

Do you host Halloween parties at your home (or attend them)? Halloween is one of my favorite holidays to decorate for, and although we haven’t hosted a party in a few years, it’s on the list for 2014! I love that you can extend your spooky decor all the way through to your food, and the Sunday Supper crew is here today to give you some spooky inspiration using Idaho® potatoes!

mashed potato monsters

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Basil and Sundried Tomato Hummus for #SundaySupper

Fall sports have begun and you know what that means: tailgating season! Watching fall sports is not only a fun pastime, but hosting viewing parties is a great reason to celebrate with some food and wine! Especially when the spread includes some basil and sundried tomato hummus.

Basil and Sundried Tomato Hummus

One of my all-time favorite snack foods to nosh on during at home tailgates is hummus. The versatility of this spread alone makes it a perfect choice for parties. You can dip it with pretzels or pita, or opt for a healthier option with carrot sticks, bell pepper slices, and celery. It doesn’t have to serve as only a dip either! Are you planning on preparing a sandwich tray for your at home tailgate? Consider using some hummus as a spread inside in place of mayonnaise. You won’t be sorry.

Basil and Sundried Tomato Hummus

Making a batch of homemade hummus is seriously a cinch, and having basil from the garden definitely gives it a fresh flavor you just can’t achieve with store bought varieties. Another plus? Creating this appetizer ahead of time is recommended (a day in advance is best), so you won’t have to worry about prep work on the day of your celebration. All you have to do is scoop it into a bowl, drizzle with olive oil, and set out a bowl of pretzels and vegetables for dipping!

Gallo Family Vineyards mini bottles

Basil and Sundried Tomato Hummus

Oh, and we can’t forget the wine, can we? For this basil and sundried tomato hummus, I would suggest pairing Pinot Grigio for white wine fans, and Pinot Noir for red wine fans. The Pinot Grigio is light and crisp, and will pair well with the chickpeas and veggies you use to dip. The Pinot Noir’s smooth and light finish won’t be too heavy against the dip and should satisfy the red wine drinker. Fortunately, Gallo Family Vineyards has the most adorable mini bottles of wine that are PERFECT for tailgating on your home turf. The small servings allow your guests to pick from a variety of flavors in the lineup – everyone can have something they like without opening up too many large bottles.

What will you be serving up during your at home tailgates this season?

Basil and Sundried Tomato Hummus

Basil and Sundried Tomato Hummus
 
Ingredients
  • 1 can (16 ounces) chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • ½ cup tahini
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 small cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • ¾ tablespoon salt
  • ½ cup fresh packed basil leaves
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ cup sundried tomatoes, plus additional for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
Instructions
  1. First rinse, drain, and peel the chickpeas. To peel the chickpeas, place them between your thumb and forefinger and pinch. The skin should separate easily from the chickpea. Discard the skins.
  2. Place the peeled chickpeas in a food processor and pulse about 60 times. Clumps should form in the mixture.
  3. Next, add tahini, lime juice, garlic, salt, and basil. Blend until pureed.
  4. Drizzle in the water about 1 tablespoon at a time and continue pulsing until the mixture is light and smooth in texture. At the end, add in the sundried tomatoes and pulse a few additional times to incorporate (this will allow the tomatoes to be chopped, but not completely pureed into the mixture).
  5. Allow hummus to rest in the refrigerator for at least an hour. Overnight is best. Top with a few chopped sundried tomatoes and drizzle with olive oil before serving. Enjoy!

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Compensation was provided by Gallo Family Vineyards via Sunday Supper, LLC. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author, and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Gallo Family Vineyards. Make sure you check out Gallo Family Vineyards’ website, like them on Facebook, start a conversation with them on Twitter, see their photos on Instagram, and watch them on YouTube!

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Sunday Supper MovementJoin the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. To get more great Sunday Supper Recipes, visit our website or check out our Pinterest board.

Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy. You can sign up by clicking here: Sunday Supper Movement.