Saturday, November 14, 2015

holiday appetizer: cowboy caviar

a few months ago, my friend jen requested this recipe on the blog - so jen, this post is for you! wish you were closer so we could gobble this dip up together with a glass of wine.

with the holidays around the corner, it's nice to have a quick, unique, and delicious appetizer recipe up your sleeve. sometimes appetizers sort of blend together, I think we've all been to parties with upwards of five different cheese dips. I'm not complaining because obviously I love cheese - but this appetizer sets itself apart, no worries of blending in here.

it's simple and delicious but also upscale and sophisticated [olives = sophisticated, right?]. oh and by the way, there are lots of recipes out there called cowboy caviar and they are very different from this one. given that I'm from texas, I can claim this as the real cowboy caviar! so go ahead, give it a try at your next cocktail party or holiday potluck. PS. another tip for holidays parties - I always stock up on serving platters from the dollar store like the one pictured below. that way, I can bring dishes to parties and not worry about getting them back.

-1 15 oz. can of black beans, drained
-1 4 oz. can chopped black olives, drained
-1/4c. chopped onion
-1 chopped clove of garlic
-2 T. olive oil
-2 T. lime juice
-1/4 t. salt
-1/4 t. cumin
-dash of pepper
-1 8 oz. block of cream cheese


1. in a medium bowl, mix together beans, olives, onion, garlic, oil, lime, salt, cumin, and pepper.

2. cover and refrigerate for two hours.

3. spread the cream cheese on the serving plate. drain the bean mixture and spread on top of cream cheese.

4. serve with tortilla chips.

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