Bruschetta with a Texas Twist (Video)


This is a video from for an interesting twist on Bruschetta. They did such a great job producing it but when I watched it I was immediately taken aback by the contrast of my Alabama accent compared to the hosts lovely, more “proper” accent. I can’t quite place hers but it is truly beautiful, and kept me laughing every time the camera cut back to me talking! I hope you enjoy the video and get to make this soon. For my original tutorial with step by step photos of how to make Texas Caviar, click here.

Bruschetta with a Texas Twist
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • ⅛ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 can black eyed peas (with jalapeno if available)
  • 4 Roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1 can whole kernel corn
  • 1 cup zesty Italian dressing
  • 1 french baguette, cut into ½ inch slices
  • butter
  1. Set Bread and Butter aside. To make caviar, combine all ingredients in a large bowl and stir. Refrigerate for thirty minutes.
  2. Spread butter evenly over slices of bread. Toast in 350 oven. Top toasted bread pieces with Texas Caviar and garnish with additional parsley, if desired.

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  1. says

    Comments from the Southern Plate Family Page on Facebook:

    Eleanor : Awesome. I have an ARC of your cookbook, and I’m loving it to pieces! Being a bookseller definitely has its perks….

    Vickie : Well I tried to watch it and it said I lost connection., but I am connected! ~shrugs~ I dunno what went wrong, but I can’t place where she is from either Christy! It is a very pretty accent tho!

    Susan : She has a slight British accent, I believe. I don’t think there is a THING wrong with your accent, honey! I’m from South Carolina, and we have that lilt like the British too (in some parts of the state) but my husband’s family is from Alabama. I loved the video!

    Laura: christy – you “ain’t” got no accent – that gal does :) that was cool -and can’t wait to try the bruschetta – love your recipes & style! :)

    Sheila : Italians pronounce it brusKetta- after all, we did not go to shool,did we?

    Rhonda: Hey that is one of the gals competing on Food networks “The Next Food Network Star”!

    Nancy: I think she is/was one of the contestants on “The Next Food Network Star.” I sure don’t remember her name, but maybe she was Indian? I guess I really don’t remember much except her face…lol…but that’s pretty much par for the course with me!

    Jason: Love it!!! And now heading to make Texas Caviar for lunch!!

    Denise: definitely going to give that a try!!

  2. elaineraye says

    I have been watching Aarti on the next Food network Star. I would guess she is from one of the Carribean islands but I don’t know. I find her charming though as she has such a bubbly personality. Actually, Ms. Christy, you do not have such a pronounced accent as I would have imagined. When I think of Southern women I think a very heavy slow drawl-exaggerated I am sure. I remember being surprised the first time I “heard” you. Doesn’t matter-pretty words are only that because pretty is as pretty does and you are right on track there.

    • says

      Elaine, you always make my day. I imagine you do that for a lot of people, though! I know the accent you are referring to. Granny Jordan was the only person I have ever known who talked with that deep slow drawl, and I was surprised by it the first time I heard her talk! I had only heard that in movies where folks tried to sound Southern – but she was as genuine as they come! You would have loved her, she was a wonderful lady from start to finish!

      Aarti is very charming, you are right. Pretty as a picture, too!

    • elaineraye says

      Audrey- I just researched that also and you beat me to thepunch. As I was doing it -I sort of though I must have way too much time on my hands , but inquiring minds want to know!

  3. Vickie says

    Hey Christy! I got the video to work! w00t!
    That looks very good! If I ever have to intertain guest I will probably be making this! Thank you for all ur awesome recipes! ^_^ I’m still wanting to try the tomato bruchetta here real soon. I just gotta get the bread! Boy just thinking about it is making me hungry!…lol

  4. says

    I love your accent Christy! It sounds a lot like mine. I thought everybody sounded like that. lol..
    And why aren’t you on the Network Food Star, Missy? you would be wonderful.
    After I read the comments about the Next food star show I went to look at it too.

    Love your recipes. So many are so familiar. Just like home.
    Have a great day.

  5. TAMELA says

    Oh Christy, I just love the contrast of ya’lls accents!!

    Also, I’m really rooting for Aarti to win on the “Next Food Network Star” contest. She is truly adorable and her food looks really scrumptious!!!

  6. Mary says

    Hi Christy. I’m not good at “sounds like” spelling, but those hot little peppers are called “hal – ah – pain – yo – s” in Texas. And guacamole is pronounced with a WAH sound, dropping the G entirely. Wah – ca – mole – ee. There now, aren’t you glad you never asked?

  7. Laura says

    Your southern charm shines through and I feel like I am rootin for my little sister when I watch you. Bless your heart!!! I love your website and had a wonderful time with my daughter making iced coffee in the blender yesterday – loved it!!! Thank you!!

  8. Kim says

    Hi Christy!
    Yes, Aarti is Indian and is from Dubai. She is indeed one of the finalists on one of my favorite shows, “The Next Food Network Star.” She is my favorite and I hope we will be seeing more of her with her lovely accent on Food Network soon!
    I love Southern Plate and your sunny and funny outlook on life 😀

  9. Jane H. says

    I think the Texas Caviar would also make a yummy filling for a pita bread sammich (Chicagoese for sandwich). Loved the video. BTW, I have always found the Southern lilt charming. 😀

  10. pamela stevens says

    Hi Christy,

    Her name is Aarti Sequeria. She was born in India and raised in Dubai. She is a former CNN Producer. She attended culinary school. She is currently a contestant in my favorite show The Next Food Network Star. She was just chosen this past Sunday as one of 3 finalists. Her Point of View is recipes from her India with an American twist. she would call her show “Aarti’s Party” if she wins.
    She is my favorite. She is bubbly and warm and a natural on camera. She tells stories about her Mum while she cooks. She is awesome.
    Check out the competition on Sunday night at 9 p.m.

    I think your voice is as lovely as hers.

  11. sue walker says

    Dear Christy

    Her accent is mixed. Sometimes an English pronunciation, and a little American with some New Zealand overtones on some of the words.
    However, if she has travelled a lot and lived in different countries that would explain it.

  12. Amber says

    I think whats most annoying is the fact that american woman cannot say Bruschetta properly. Please, if you are going to be in the food industry – learn how to pronounce the names of dishes!

    • says

      Good thing I’m not in the “food industry” then.

      If this is the most annoying thing you encounter then you must have a pretty good life and a lot to be grateful for.

      Personally, I can think of far more serious things to get annoyed about (children going hungry, cancer, networks who always find the one Southerner in pink rollers to interview after a tornado) so I’m not one to get my dander up about someone partaking of their freedom to pronounce how they see fit (in this case, that’d be me). ~grins~

      It’s a beautiful world (even with us pesky Americans) ~winks~ and I’m glad your corner is sunny! Wishing you the best of everything.


      • sue walker says

        I loved the bit about the one Southerner in pink rollers to interview after a tornado – the news people do that around here. Find the one person who has obviously just rushed out without makeup or taking their rollers out or something embarrassing then ask them all about their opinions on whatever whilst the poor woman is dying of embarrassment – just thinking about what the neighbours will say…
        There are many connections between the Southern states and Northern England and this is another.

  13. Renate says

    Christy, I’m glad you are not in the food industry either. Because us Mom’s need good down home cooking to feed our children and husbands. You keep doing what you are doing!!!!!

  14. Charlene Roberson says

    Oh, I LOVED seeing Aarti!!! She is on “The Next Food Network Star” and is one of my favorites!!!

    I also LOVE Texas Caviar – which I make a lot, but use hominy instead of corn and add some Pace Picante Sauce. YUM!!!

  15. mary says

    ladies and gents,
    this very pretty girl is one of the finalists for the next food network star!! the final airs this sunday. let’s hope she wins. she sure is cuter than the other two finalists!! and her recipes have been wowing the judges! let’s hear it for the girls!

  16. Aunt Charley says

    You should feel so complimented. Aartii, who made this video of YOUR Bruschetta, has just been named Food TV’s Newest Food TV Network Star! I have thought about this ever since I read this post and am so proud that she chose your recipe to use on her post.

    Congratulations to you and Aartii!!

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