You know, this little eight-hour-a-week subsistence project job I’ve been doing since last October comes with quite a few unexpected but well worth it surprises.
First, I’ve gotten to meet more bayou folks than I knew before. It seems the more connected to the earth folks are, the more welcoming, genuine, and kind they are.
Second, they like to share, and I don’t dare offend by refusing their generosity. Not only do they share their fresh vegetables, but I’ve been given a fresh venison roast, a live rooster, plant cuttings, seeds, and jars of wonderful things like homemade pickled beets and jellies. The resourcefulness of these bayou people never ceases to amaze, too.
Oh, and recipes. Don’t forget recipes. I’ve collected some new ones, for example, one called ratatouille. It’s a mixture of smothered fresh vegetables: onion, bell pepper, tomato, squash, zucchini, and eggplant. Very hard to describe, but delicious just the same.
At the end of last month, as I visited with my new friend “Lizbeth”, she pulled a dish out of her ice box and said I just had to try her Cajun Caviar on crackers. Before I could say, “Oh my gosh! This is sooooo good”, she was writing the recipe for me from memory. I decided right then and there I would make it for the first Bayou Woman Adventure and see how my guests enjoyed it. And don’t panic, there is no trace of sturgeon roe, either!
It was a winner, so now it’s a keeper, and it’s so easy to make that you have to try it at your next gathering. Because the recipe makes so much and is easily cut in half, that is what I did. My guests ate it all except one little smidgen. So here we go with the easy breezy recipe for your next favorite summertime dip.
- 2 Cups Mayonnaise
- 2 Cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese
- 2 Cups Chopped Pecans
- 1 Cup Finely Chopped Green Onions
- 1 Small Jar Pepper Jelly
- Mix together the first four ingredients and spread into a shallow glass dish.
- Spread the jar of pepper jelly over the top.
- Serve with your favorite crackers.
I used a red, five-pepper pepper jelly, but I guess you could use green pepper jelly if you prefer that.
And that, my friends, is all there is to it! Give it a try for 4th of July and let us know how you liked it!
Happy Independence Day!