Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Cajun Cookout Favorites + Bayou Boogie


Summer is in full swing here in Cajun country, and grillin' on the patio and chillin' in the pool are my favorite activities on a hot day. Here are a few of my favorite Memorial Day recipes and cookout faves that I will be preparing for family and friends. Plus lots of yummy frozen drinks and dips in the pool.   Bon appetit!

^^^^^^^
Cajun Frozen Margaritas

2 tbs.'s coarse salt
1 lime wedge
3 oz.'s white tequilla
1 oz. triple sec
2 oz.'s fresh lime juice
1/2 tsp. green Tabasco sauce
1 cup crushed ice

Place salt on saucer. Rub the lime wedge around the rim of a cocktail glass and dip glass in salt to coat rim. Pour tequila, triple sec, lime juice, Tabasco, and crushed ice into blender and blend on high until creamy and smooth. Pour into cocktail glass and garnish with a lime. 


 Spicy Drunken Shrimp Kabobs

















Cajun BBQ Chicken w/ Bourbon BBQ Sauce

Chicken breasts, thighs, legs,
or 1 whole cut-up chicken 
Cajun rub, (recipe below)
Tabasco and Worcestershire sauce
  
Rub spice mixture into chicken, then shake on Tabasco and Worcestershire sauce on both sides and cover and refrigerate overnight. Preheat grill and grill  on medium heat,  for about 30 to 40 minutes, turning every 10 minutes and basting often with Bourbon BBQ Sauce. (recipe below)



Bourbon BBQ Sauce

1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup bourbon
1 cup ketchup
1/2 cup cane syrup
2 tbs.'s Creole or Dijon mustard
1 tbs. Liquid Smoke
1 tbs. or more, chipotle sauce
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 tbs.'s onion, minced
Salt and Tabasco to taste
Combine bourbon and sugar in saucepan and heat and stir on medium heat, until sugar melts.  Add remaining ingredients and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring frequently. Add a little water, if needed. Use as a basting sauce and make extra for dipping. Finger lickin' good!

Cajun Rub

2 tsb.'s salt
1 tbs. cayenne pepper
1 tbs. black pepper
2 tbs.'s smoky paprika
2 tbs.'s garlic powder
2 tbs.'s onion powder
1 tbs. dried parsley
1 tbs. dried thyme

Combine all in food processor or blender and pulse until well blended. Store any remaining rub in an airtight container.


 ^^^^^^^


Loaded Baked Potato Salad















Creole Summer Salad


















^^^^^^^
And now for a sinfully delicious dessert.

^^^^^^^
Pina Colada Bread Pudding w/ Rum Sauce

1 (16 oz.) loaf French bread, (torn into bite sized pieces
1 (10 oz.) can frozen pina colada drink mix
6 oz. pineapple juice
1 large can, (12 oz.) evaporated milk
1/2 cup cream of coconut
1/2 cup flaked coconut
4 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 cup light rum
1 small can, (8 oz.) crushed pineapple



In large bowl, tear bread into bite sized pieces. Place the next 7 ingredients in blender, and blend until smooth. Stir in the crushed pineapple. Combine mixture with the bread pieces and stir well to coat. Place in slow cooker and cook on low for 6 hours. Serves 8.

If you prefer to bake it in the oven, follow the basic recipe, and place mixture into a lightly greased baking dish, and then into a larger pan of water about 2 inches deep. Bake @ 350 degrees for 35 to 45 minutes or until golden brown. Top with whipped cream,  or if you want a little added touch of decadence, serve with my rum sauce. (recipe below)

Rum Sauce

1/2 stick butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg yolk, beaten
2 tbs.'s water
2 tbs.'s dark rum

Melt butter in saucepan. Add the sugar, egg yolk, and water. Bring to a boil and cook on a full boil for 3 minutes, stirring constantly, until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and add the rum. Strain and serve over bread pudding. Fab!

^^^^^^^
Bayou Boogie

Here's a little clip that I took at a recent concert in River Ranch. Wayne Toups was rockin' the crowd and there was a whole lotta dancin' going on. Crank it up for this one and let the good times roll, cher!



Thursday, March 29, 2018

Cajun Easter Buffet Faves

It's almost time for Easter and I've been tweaking my menu for our annual Easter Sunday Buffet. The weather forecast is for beautiful Spring weather, so we'll be boilin' up a storm on the patio, (crawfish and shrimp) and grillin' a few things too, in addition to these sinfully delicious faves. Guaranteed to please your family and guests.  Cest bon', cher!! Bon Appetit!


Cajun Ham w/ Honey Mustard - Bourbon Glaze


6-8 pound bone-in ham
1 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup pineapple juice
1/4 cup Creole mustard
1/4 cup bourbon








Place ham, fat side up in a large roasting pan. Cook at 325 degrees for about 20 minutes per pound or until meat thermometer reads 148 degrees. About half way through, make the glaze. Combine all glaze ingredients in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil for 2 minutes and remove from heat. Spread half of the glaze over the ham about 30 minutes before ham is done. Spread other half of glaze in the final 10 minutes. Remove to a large platter and let rest for 15 minutes before carving. Divine!

^^^^^^
 (click on title to view recipe)

Creole Deviled Eggs

 












Spicy Boiled Shrimp w/ Remoulade Sauce





Boiled Crawfish Pasta Salad
















Spinach Madeleine

















 Banana Pudding Cake w/ Praline Icing


Blueberry Bread Pudding w/ Lemon Sauce










Hope Ya'll have a blessed and very Happy Easter!

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Cajun Mardi Gras Favorites

It's time for Mardi Gras, cher, and time for some of the best eats of the year. King cake parties, before and after parade parties, lavish Mardi Gras balls, BBQ, crawfish boils, and the list goes on and on! Just one big party! Here are a few of my favorite Mardi Gras "must haves". Out of this world! Enjoy!


  (click on titles to view recipes)

Spicy Cajun Crab Dip
 Mardi Gras Jambalaya
 Creole Shrimp Pasta Salad


 Spicy Cajun Crawfish Cakes


1 lb. fresh crawfish tails

2 tbs.'s mayo

1 tbs. Creole or Dijon mustard

1/2  tsp. Tabasco sauce

1 bunch green onions, chopped

1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped

1 tsp. or more, Cajun seasoning

1 cup saltine cracker crumbs

1 cup seasoned bread crumbs

2 tbs.'s olive oil

In large bowl, combine all ingredients, except oil and breadcrumbs and mix well. Roll in breadcrumbs, shape into 8 patties, and chill for 30 minutes. Heat oil, in large nonstick skillet, and cook over medium heat for 3 to 5 minutes on each side, or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Serve with my Creole Tartar Sauce. (recipe below)

Creole Tartar Sauce

1 cup light mayo
1 tbs. Creole mustard
1 tbsp. each, green onions and fresh parsley, chopped
1 tsp. minced garlic 1 tbs. sweet pickle relish
Salt to taste
1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
Few shakes Tabasco

Combine all ingredients in bowl and chill. Fab!
^^^^^^^


And by popular demand.




Creole Potato Salad
















Cajun BBQ Shrimp

















King Cake Bread Pudding


















Have a safe and Happy Mardi Gras, Ya'll! Merci for passing by!

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Cajun Party Dip Faves

With two of my favorite parties coming up in the same week, I've been busy making dips for either my own parties or other parties that I'm going to. Here are a few more of my favorite dips that are Cajun "must haves" for your Super Bowl or Mardi Gras parties. Cest bon, cher! Bon Appetit!

Spicy Creole Guacamole


3 ripe avocados, peeled and pitted
1 small (8 ounce) can, Rotel tomatoes with green chilies, drained
1 small onion, minced
1 tbs. chopped cilantro
1 tbs. fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp. sea salt

Mash avocados in a medium bowl. Stir in tomatoes, onions, lemon juice, salt, and mix well. Cover and chill until ready to serve.

^^^^^^^
Creamy Crawfish Dip

1/2 lb. peeled crawfish tails
1 tsp. minced garlic
1/2 cup chopped pickled jalapenos
1 small red bell pepper, chopped
1/2 cup green onions, sliced thin
1 cup Pepper Jack cheese, grated
2 ounces Parmesan cheese, grated
2 tbs.'s white wine
1 tsp. Tabasco sauce
1/2 tsp. salt
8 oz.'s cream cheese, softened


Combine all ingredients except the Parmesan cheese in  large bowl. Mix gently and spoon into a medium sized, buttered casserole dish. Sprinkle the Parmesan cheese evenly over top and bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Let sit for 5 minutes before serving. Fab with mini croissants!

^^^^^^
Baked Muffaletta Dip

1 8 oz. package cream cheese, softened
1 cup cooked ham, cubed
1 cup provolone or mozarella cheese, cubed
1/2 cup red onion, chopped
1/2 cup red bell peppers, chopped
1 6 oz. jar Spanish olives, chopped and drained
1 small can sliced black olives, drained
1 or 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbs. fresh parsley, chopped

Combine all ingredients in large mixing bowl. Spoon into a 9 inch pie plate and bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 25 to 30 minutes. Garnish with chopped parsley and serve with crackers or toasted baguettes. (recipe below)

Toasted Baguettes

1 French baguette
4 tbs.'s butter, melted
1 tsp minced garlic
1 tbs. chopped fresh parsley

Slice baguette diagonally into 1/2 inch slices. Combine melted butter, garlic, and parsley, and brush mixture on top side of bread. Bake @ 325 degrees for 5 minutes. Turn and brush other side and bake for 3 more minutes.







^^^^^^^
For my Super Bowl Menu, click here.

For more of my Super Bowl recipes, click here.



And don't forget the King Cake


Happy Super Bowl Sunday, ya'll!

And if it's Super Bowl Sunday, can Mardi Gras be far behind? Stay tuned for my Mardi Gras faves. Merci beaucoup for stopping by!

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Cajun Holiday Party Faves


With the holidays right around the corner, I wanted to share a few of my favorite holiday party buffet recipes. Perfect for all of your parties and gatherings and guaranteed to please your family and friends. Cest bon, cher!

Bon Appetit!





Appetizers




Cajun Crab Dip 







Crawfish Spinach Bread Bowl

















 Main Course

Cajun Baked Ham w/ Sugarcane-Bourbon Sauce

 




  Sides  




























 Breads

Spicy Crawfish Cornbread


2 cups yellow cornmeal
1 tsp. salt
3 tsp.'s. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 small onion, chopped
1/2 cup bell peppers, chopped
1/4 cup jalapenos, seeded and chopped
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1/2 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs
1 cup milk
1 (15 oz.) can cream-style corn
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 lb. peeled crawfish tails or small shrimp
1 tsp. Cajun seasoning

Stir together cornmeal,  baking powder, baking soda, and salt,  in large bowl. In another bowl, beat the eggs and mix in the onions, peppers, vegetable oil, milk, cheddar cheese, cream style corn, jalapenos, crawfish or shrimp, and Cajun seasoning. Combine the mixture with the dry ingredients and place in a buttered 10 inch baking dish or cast iron skillet.  Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 45 to 50 minutes or until golden brown and a knife comes out clean.




 Desserts

Easy Kahlua Cake w/ Chocolate-Rum Glaze

1 box of dark chocolate cake mix
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 (4 ounce) package of chocolate fudge pudding mix
4 eggs
1 cup brewed Community coffee, cooled
1/2 cup Kahlua
1 cup chopped pecans, for garnish


Mix all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and beat for 4 minutes on medium speed. Transfer batter into a lightly greased bundt pan and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 15 minutes and then drizzle with glaze and garnish with pecans. Fab!
^^^^^^^

 Chocolate-Rum Glaze

1 cup dark brown sugar
1 stick butter
1/4 cup rum
1/4 cup water







Melt butter in medium saucepan.  Add brown sugar, rum, and water, and bring to a boil. Cook, stirring constantly for 1 minute or until thick.  Punch holes in cake and pour glaze evenly over cake.



For more of my holiday desserts, click here.

Drinks 

Peppermint Martini


 First prepare the glass.

Dip rim of martini glass in white crème de cacao and swirl several times in a plate of crushed candy canes.

 2 oz. vodka
1 oz. white creme de cacao

1 oz. peppermint schnapps
1/2 cup crushed ice
Candy canes


Combine vodka, creme de cacao,  and schnapps over ice in shaker. Shake well and strain into prepared martini glass. Garnish with a candy cane.





 For more fabulous Cajun Christmas drinks, click here.

Cheers and Happy Holidays, Ya'll!