The biggest day of the year in New Orleans--unless the Saints are in the Super Bowl. If you can't be in the Big Easy, you can make one of these Cajun or Creole recipes. Be fat and happy on "Fat Tuesday."
A wonderful New Orleans-style soup that is a best seller at my family-owned restaurant. Serve with crackers. I like to season my shrimp with 2 tablespoons of Worcestershire, 1 tablespoon of Season All(R), and 2 teaspoons of hot sauce (optional).
This recipe was given to me by my Mother who lives on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. I have to throw a party each time I make this, it needs to be shared with others! Serve over rice and garnish with parsley and green onion.
A Southern dish that has been sharing the supper table for years. This rice dish will have you coming back for more. Here in the Northwest people ask me all the time "What is Jambalaya?" I reply saying it is seasoned rice with your favorite type of meat.
My Great-great grandmother's recipe, modified over 4 generations. I still can't believe it was FINALLY written down! The gumbo should be thin but not watery. P.S .-- I have a 3-gallon pot that I use to cook this and it is usually about 3/4 full. (Make sure you know the basics of making roux before you try this. If the roux is not dark brown, the gumbo will not have the rich taste necessary to give it that special taste). This is good for several days. It can also be frozen and reheated. Enjoy!
This recipe was developed because Mardi Gras King Cakes in New Orleans are getting really expensive. This King Cake turned out really good, if not better, than a local bakery. Taking a good thing a step farther, many bakeries now stuff their King Cakes with ingredients such as apple, peach, or cherry pie filling, cream cheese, or chopped pecans with cinnamon sugar. Use your creative imagination.
The world's perfect Red Beans & Rice.
This is my vegan rendition of an old New Orleans classic, I was told these beans and rice were the real thing by four representatives of an old Creole community in New Orleans. Try for yourself.
A creamy, spicy catfish sandwich inspired by the restaurants of Bourbon St. Beads not necessary.
This easy holiday cocktail comes in sugar-rimmed glasses, spreading sweetness and warming your guests' hearts.
This is the real deal--the authentic flavor of Southern bread pudding. A labor of love for your Mardi Gras party.
Deep-frying--it's for breakfast too! Greet the day with some deep-fried goodness, when you make these incredible doughnuts.
Large Gulf shrimp boiled in your favorite beer. I like to use a light ale (not too hoppy) rather than dark beer or pilsner. There's a little butter for a touch of flavor. This is a great way to get messy as you eat--finger food at its best!
I learned this recipe from my baby sitter. He was in German army when he was young and this was what he made instead of chicken noodle soup if you weren't feeling well.
This is an easy dish for ballgames or to take to parties. I like to make sure additional sauce covers the shrimp when served. If taking to get together, just leave the shrimp in the sauce mix and make sure it stays warm. Serve with blue cheese or ranch dressing for the full effect.
A appetizer size New Orleans traditional sandwich.
The best fried fish you will ever put in your mouth, I promise you will never need another fried fish recipe ever again. Soon you will be the talk of your friends and family with your delicious Cajun Fried Fish. Simple and Tasty! My hunting buddy from Louisiana brings fresh fish up every year, and has a fish fry after we deer hunt. Can't Beat it.
These hearty, dude-pleasing nachos are bursting with flavor. The combination of the crunchy tortilla chips with the spicy buffalo chicken and the cool blue cheese dressing make the perfect accompaniment to a frosty cold beverage (or two!) and are great any time of day. The recipe serves 4 but sharing is optional!
No stove necessary for this spicy crab dip. Just mix these ingredients together and zap 'em. Pow--game food served.
Think of this party appetizer as surf n' surf. A tasty, spicy crab mixture livens up jumbo shrimp.
I'm no chef and neither is my mom, but when it's time for a mac and cheese throw-down, we can hold our own. Forget the cheese sauce and bread crumb topping...because while it may be tasty it ain't real mac and cheese. This recipe features cheese, cheese, and more cheese. Let's begin.