This is a great, refreshing tailgate party dish that serves up well with blue corn chips and can be made days ahead. Created as an appetizer at The Baron York Tea Room Cafe, this has remained a staple for entertaining.
Combine the following in a container with a lid to store in the refrigerator for at least 12 hours before serving,
2 (15 oz) cans of black-eyed peas and peppers (or tiny field peas)
1 whole red onion, finely diced (white can be substitued)
3 bell peppers (red, green, yellow) finely diced
1 to 2 Tablespoons minced garlic (I use lots!!)
½ cup sugar
½ cup vinegar (apple cider or your choice)
½ cup vegetable oil (not olive oil)
1 teaspoon salt
Dash black pepper
Dash (or more) of hot sauce
The name comes from the Jack playing card showing only one eye and the black-eyed peas. Since the cafe was “Baron” and the full afternoon tea was “Queen,” it seemed only fair to give this dish a royal name.