Saturday, January 29, 2011

Cajun Super Bowl Appetizers + Cajun Boogie

With the big game only one week away, I've been tweaking my menu and experimenting with a few new dishes for my Superbowl party buffet. Since the 7 day forecast is calling for temps. to be in the 60's and sunny, here in Cajun country, I will be including a few grilled items, as well.  Here are a few of the mouthwatering appetizers that I plan to serve my friends and family. Enjoy! Bon appetit!

Cajun Jalapeno Chicken Poppers

2  large, boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
1 tbs. or more Cajun seasoning
12 large jalapenos, cut in half, lengthwise, and seeded
Two 8 oz. packages cream cheese

4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 lb. bacon, cut in half, lengthwise

Cut the chicken breasts, crosswise into 1/2 inch strips, and season. Sprinkle the top of each square of cream cheese with the minced garlic. Cut each square of cream cheese in half, lengthwise, and then cut each half into 6 pieces for a total of 12 pieces per square. Stuff each pepper with a piece of cream cheese, and press down. Then press a chicken strip down on top of the cream cheese. Wrap each pepper with a strip of bacon and hold in place with a toothpick. On an oiled grilling surface, grill away from direct heat for about 10 minutes on each side or until bacon is cooked. (photo courtesy of Google Images)

Grilled Andouille Sausage Bites w/ Hot Cheesy Beer Dip

1 pkg. Andouille (or other smoked sausage)

Grill sausage links on medium heat for 12 to 15 minutes on each side, basting with bbq sauce. Slice into 1/2 inch slices, insert toothpicks, and arrange on a platter.

Hot Cheesy Beer Dip
1 lb. sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
1 lb. Velveeta cheese, cubed
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 tbs. prepared horseradish
3 cloves garlic, crushed
Few shakes Tabasco
Few shakes crushed red pepper flakes
1 bottle (12 oz.) flat beer, (I use Abita Amber)

Combine all ingredients, except beer, in large microwave bowl. Add beer to desired consistency. Mix well. Microwave on high for 2 minutes. Stir and continue to microwave for 2 more minutes. Mix well and serve with sausage bites. Makes 4 cups.

French Bread Pizza

1 large loaf , (20inch) French bread, split, lengthwise
1 pkg. pepperoni slices 
1/2 lb. cooked small shrimp
1 cup fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 green pepper, cut into strips
1 onion, sliced
1 cup jalapeno slices, (jar variety) 
1 cup black olives, sliced
1 cup Creole pizza sauce (recipe below) 
16 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese

Creole Pizza Sauce
1 large can tomato puree
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 green onions, sliced thin
1 tsp. creole seasoning
2 tbs.'s fresh parsley, chopped
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tbs. olive oil

Saute the garlic and green onions in the olive oil for 5 minutes. Add the tomato puree, parsley and seasonings, and cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat.

Place bread, crust side down on a large cookie sheet. Spread Creole sauce evenly over the two French bread halves. Layer veggies, starting with the mushrooms, bell peppers, and onions. Add cheese, then pepperoni, shrimp, olives, and jalapenos. Top with a little more cheese. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 10 to 12 minutes. Cut each half into 10, 2 inch wide servings. Cest bon, cher!

Cajun Boogie
I've had a special request for a video taken at Whiskey River Landing, in Henderson, Louisiana. For those of you who have been there,  I don't have to tell you what a blast it is! For those of you who haven't, here's a little clip of some nitty-gritty dancin' going on at a recent Sunday afternoon dance. Oh the life of a Cajun, is oh so fun! Lassiez les bon temps rouler, cher!

Hope that ya'll  have a great weekend, filled with good times! Merci for stopping by!


John said...

Shouldn't have looked at these; we're an hour away from dinner, Susi's cooking at the moment, I'm hungry and these pop up - bit unfair really. Have a good weekend.

Cloudia said...

Thanks for the fun & friendship!!

Aloha from Honolulu
Comfort Spiral


Rosaria Williams said...

What a party! I know I'll be eating and dancing the day away. Thanks for all these goodies.

Pat Tillett said...

Oh my goodness! I'm coming to your house to watch the game! Each one of those dishes looks and sounds amazing!

judi/Gmj said...

good sounds, good food, good friends.. what more is there to life?
thanks for sharing all of them. Have a tall cool one in my name..

Eddie Bluelights said...

Is there any room for a retired ambulanceman? LOL
Sounds absolutely delicious and perhaps someone might explain to me the rules of American Football - It is just like Greek to me LOL. Loved the dancing clip and hey I watched the next one and there was this fabulous elderly guy dancing like a 'good un' showing some real fancy foot moves. C'est magnifique! LOL

Marguerite said...

John- Sometimes it's better to wait until after dinner, to visit me. lol Glad you liked them! Hope you have a good weekend, too.

Cloudia- Merci for your sweet comment, cher! It's my pleasure and likewise, I thank you for yours! Cheers!

Rosaria- Thanks, so glad you like them. Also, stay tuned for some vegetarian appetizers, too. You're welcome, cher! Happy weekend!

Pat- I wish that you could! Thanks so much for the nice compliment and for stopping by! Happy weekend!

Judi- You've got that right, cher! That's life in a nutshell! You're so welcome, and you know I will! Cheers!

Eddie- There's always room for my favorite retired ambulanceman! lol Merci, cher, and you don't really need to know the rules, just eat the food! lol So glad you enjoyed them! That guy in the second video is 82 yrs. young, and the young girls have a hard time keeping up with him! lol But, I don't! :)

nanny said...

I'm trying to finalize my appetizers.....came to you first.....! Yum

Joanne said...

Your menu looks delish, and festive! I can't believe it's the end of the football season already ... It seems like they just started playing. Where does the time go?

Drick said...

I will take all three on my plate please... that is so much the same way I do jalapeno poppers with chicken, cream cheese, etc, sometimes add an onion dressing to moisten the chicken... love your beer dip, nice and spicy and love a that pizza piled high on french bread... yep, all three please

Kat said...

Think I'll try the sausage and bbq sauce. As always, I enjoy your site, Marguerite. You are the hostess with the mostess and I wish I lived close by you!!

Midlife Roadtripper said...

I might steal that beer dip. My husband made beer brats for the championship game (big time Packer fans at my house.) Got the recipe from my brother in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Still feeling those babies so need something else for the big day.


oh, now, be still my heart - uh, my tummy, actually! how divinely yummy!!!

A Kitchen Witch said...

Ahh, Super Bowl, where are my Saints?! Well, this will be the first bowl that my husband will be home for...he's always been out of town before : ) I'll have to try some of these tastees : ) @ comment on Lemon Pie--Kitchen Aid, YES!, my X-Mas present had been on many previous wish lists and this was the year. I still have buyers remorse and I didn't even "technically" buy it :)

Marguerite said...

nanny- Thanks for the nice compliment! So glad you like them and want to make them! Enjoy!

Joanne- Merci, cher! I know, it seems like just yesterday that the Saints were going to the Super Bowl. Time flies when you're having fun! :)

Drick- Merci beaucoup for your sweet comment! And you know that these are just a few of the items on my menu. Lots more to come, so save room!

Kat- The sausage with the cheese-beer dip is awesome, and I'm so glad that you want to try it! Thanks, cher, I wish you did, too!

Midlife- Thanks, please do make the beer dip! It's divine and good with veggies or crackers, too. Merci for stopping by!

Gypsy- Thanks so much for your nice comment! So glad you like them, cher! Have a bon ton on the East coast and good luck in the snow storm.

Mary | Deep South Dish said...

Hey Marguerite! Thanks so much for stopping by today. Love those chicken poppers for sure - love just about anything wrapped in bacon LOL! Course that andouille and pizza bread sound pretty darned good too.

Hope you have a great week and enjoy your Super Bowl party - even though our beloved Saints didn't make it.

Honey at 2805 said...

Wow! These are great receipes and I am trying out the Cajun Jalapeno Chicken Poppers right away. Hubby will go crazy for them. And the receipes in the previous post that I have already looked at. The Pina Colata Cake receipe is laying on my kitchen counter. You are one of my favorite go-to gals for food!

Mary Bergfeld said...

Everything looks wonderful. The pizza in particular grabbed my attention. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Peter said...

The recipes look mouth-wateringly good, love the smooth movers on the clip - keep up the great blog!

Linda Starr said...

anything wrapped in bacon has got to be good.

Meg Luby said...

yummmmmm, this would make any super bowl party more worthwhile! i already have a full menu for sunday but, this may be on the agenda soon...

thanks for posting :)

Marguerite said...

kw- Thanks, I'm sure your hubby will love them and I hope you try them! You shouldn't have any remorse, you deserve it for cooking all of those wonderful meals! :)

Mary- You're welcome! Glad you like them and hope you'll give them a try! Happy Super Bowl to you, too! Thanks for stopping by!

Peter- Hi and welcome to Cajun country! Merci beaucoup for your sweet comment and for stopping by! So glad you enjoyed it and hope you'll come back soon!

Linda- You are right about that, but only on special occasions, for me! lol Thanks for coming by, cher!

Meaghan- Hi and welcome! Thanks so much for the nice compliment and for coming by! I'm so happy that you like my recipes and hope you try them, soon. You're so welcome!

Marguerite said...

Oops, Blogger omitted two of my comments!

Honey- Thanks so much for your lovely comment! So glad that you like them and want to try them! They won't disappoint and that Pina Colada bread pudding is heavenly! Enjoy!

Mary- @ One Perfect Bite- Thanks, so glad you like the pizza! It is so delicious and very easy to make and you can use any toppings that you like. Hope you have a great day, too!

Magic of Spice said...

Lady you surely know had to put on the food feast of a lifetime...:)

Original Brat Hans said...

The pictures are really selling these recipes, so juicy are those Andouille sausages! Do you usually buy all-natural, antibiotic free sausages?

Martha said...

Ya know, once again I had to wipe the drool off my keyboard before I could comment after seeing your recipes. WOW!!! When I win the lottery will you come be my personal chef? Good Golly Miss Molly you sure know how to do it right! :-)