Saturday, December 31, 2011

New Years Food Traditions

Do you have any food traditions for New Years Day?  Our families food tradition is for good luck in the coming year.  The only meat we have is pork.  We have fixed pork roast with sauerkraut, pork brats, ham, bacon, it just has to be pork.  This year I bought pork tamales.  To go with the tamales I made a "Good Fortune" Black-Eyed Pea Salad. 

Black-Eyed Pea Salad

1 tomato, seeded and diced
1/2 red onion, finely diced
1 red bell pepper, finely diced
4 green onions, white and green parts, sliced
1 jalapeno, finely diced
1 bunch cilantro, chopped (Italian flat leaf parsley can be substituted)
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
1/4 cup canola oil
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
salt and pepper to taste
2 15oz cans  Bush's Black-eyed Peas with Bacon, drained

Combine the first 6 items in a bowl.  In a separate bowl whisk together rice wine vinegar, canola oil, sugar, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper.  Add black-eyed peas and dressing to veggies and mix together lightly.  Cover and store in refrigerator overnight to allow flavors to marry.  Serves 6 to 8

Happy New Year and Talk To You Next Year,

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