Sunday, January 9, 2011

Cajun Tailgating Faves + Bayou Boogie!

Here are a few Cajun faves that are perfect for watching the play-off games that I've adapted from the fabulous "Cajun Men Cook" cookbook, compiled by the Beaver Club of Lafayette.. They are very easy to make and are sinfully delicious and will delight your guests. Cest bon, cher!

Ultimate Cajun Nachos

2 lbs. ground beef
2 tbs.'s vegetable oil
1 large onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 small can sliced black olives , drained
1 jar picante sauce
1 pkg. taco seasoning mix
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. red pepper
2 tbs.'s Worcestershire sauce
1 8 oz. pkg. shredded mozzarella or cheddar cheese
1 8 oz. roll / package jalapeno cheese spread
1 bunch green onions w/ tops, chopped fine
Sour cream for garnish (optional) 
2 large bags tortilla chips

Brown meat in vegetable oil, in a 4 quart iron pot or heavy Dutch oven.  Add taco seasoning and Worcestershire sauce and stir to mix well. Add a little water, if needed,  to prevent sticking. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes.

 Add onion, bell pepper, garlic, picante sauce, salt, black olives, black pepper, and red pepper. Stir to mix well and cover and simmer for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. In a 13x9x2 inch baking pan, alternate layers of nacho chips, meat and cheese, ending with cheese on top. Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 20 minutes or until cheese melts. Garnish with green onions. Out of this world! Serve with a cold beer or two. Enjoy!


Cajun Sausage-Beer Bread

3 cups self rising flour
2 1/2 tbs.'s sugar
1 can beer at room temperature
1/4 cup (jar variety) sliced jalapenos
2 links Andouille sausage, cooked and diced (or other smoked sausage)
2 tbs.'s butter, melted 

Mix all ingredients, except butter, in the order shown, in a large bowl. Allow beer to foam, while pouring into the flour mixture. Pour mixture into a greased loaf pan. Pat down and make a deep trench down the center to prevent it from rising too high. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 40 minutes. Brush with butter. Continue baking for 10 more minutes or until golden brown.

 This is a crusty bread, but will soften when it cools. Best if eaten the same day. No problem because there won't be any leftovers. When I tell you that this bread is divine, then you know that I mean it, cher Enjoy!

I am sharing these at ~ Game Day-Week 7 @ Drick's Rambling Cafe 


Bayou Boogie

Now that the holidays are mostly just a distant memory and most of us have already broken a few of our New Year's resolutions, it's time to prepare for the Mardi Gras season, which officially began on January 6, or the "Twelfth Night" after Christmas. It's a magical time of year, with lots of fun parties, elaborate balls and parades, crazy costumes, decadent cuisine, and great music! A time to celebrate all things Cajun and we have two months to do it, this year, with Mardi Gras day, better known as Fat Tuesday, falling on March 8th, this year. Perhaps there is no other  time of the year that expresses the "joie de vivre" of the Cajun spirit, better than Mardi Gras. Here's a little clip that I took of the "hotter than hot", Balfa Toujours Band, rockin' the crowd at the Blue Moon Saloon, at last year's Lundi Gras party. Let the good times roll, cher!


Wishing ya'll a wonderful, happy week, filled with good times!
Merci beaucoup for stopping by and many thanks to my new followers!



Linda Starr said...

I hear tell beer bread rises very nicely, I just knew you were still partying.

Joanne said...

I don't follow football too closely, but those Cajun Nachos surely can turn me into a football fan :)

Rosaria Williams said...

If you have football, you must have munchies. These are the best!

Martha said...

Mmmm-mmm! Those nachos look awesome and I definitely want to try that Cajun beer bread! Thanks for linking these up to Tailgating Time :-)

Susanna Powers said...

I like your new year's advice at the end of this post ... and we love the Saints all the time no matter what! Delicious looking Nachos. thanks, sp

John said...

Looks like another foodie year is now about to begin.

nanny said...

What I wouldn't give for a plate of those nachos right now!!!!

I see the link for Something to Talk About....thanks...I'll order one now!

Kittie Howard said...

Cher, that beer bread is right up my alley...did I tell you I adore homemade bread! (And did I tell youo I gained five pounds, er, okay six pounds in NO? But it was worth it!) So have your recipe on hold a's realllly cold here, perfect bread weather....

There was a mag in our hotel that listed when the various bands played. Recognized several names from your video clips.

And, from what I saw in the FQ shops, Acadian Press publishes lots of cookbooks...I'm hoping this is the year your book is there.

Happy New Year, my friend!

Drick said...

hollowing jalapeno! two great recipes and both are right up my alley... have made a similar bread but I know this one is the best - many thanks for the cookbook, I have spent most of the day looking it over and deciding what to cook first, may have to whip up several of them to satisfy myself.... hope your week is fun filled with more boogie

Eddie Bluelights said...

Although I should be fasting after all that food over the hols I am here to see some more delicious goodies and to get my feet tapping with your Bayou Boogie. The good times are beginning to roll for 2011 LOL. Enjoy the Mardi Gras. Hugs ~ Eddie

Magic of Spice said...

Those nachos look amazing...and this bread is about the most original thing I have ever seen, wow :)

Kat said...

I love the play offs! We were sad that the Saints did not make it this weekend. :(
That dish definately says man cave food! LOL!!!

Marguerite said...

Linda- This bread is fab and is the easiest thing to make. It makes a very nice crust and I hope you give it a try!

Joanne, Thanks, so glad that you like them, cher! These nachos are great anytime, and I hope that you try them!

rosaria- Merci, they are both sinful, but worth the calories! Warning: The bread is addictive! lol

Martha- Thanks for your sweet comment! So glad that you like them, and hope that you give them a try. You're so welcome!

sussah- Thanks, it's one of my son's sayings that he reminds me of when I'm dwelling on the past. You're welcome, cher! Enjoy!

John- Yes, here we go again! Lots more seafood recipes coming up! Thanks for stopping by!

Kittie Howard said...

Thanks for stopping by, cher! We had a fab time!! The BO has a chef (lured away from Muriel's). Our room included a full breakfast...the chef's creation was to die for - lots (!!) of crawfish, the trilogy, potatoes, and a bit of scrambled egg! OMG! Yep, I'm on a diet, burp!

It was also hectic with family (think: herding cats!)but lots of fun...New Year's was at the old Jackson Brewery, Pat Obrien's party, and, wow, seeing those fireworks with the Ms River to the right...brought tears to my eyes!

We'll meet up one of these trips!

Chef Dennis Littley said...

those nachos look so very very good, I am going to have to try them for our superbowl party!! I would love them right now, I am starving!!! And that beer bread sounds delicious!

Pat Tillett said...

Oh MAN! Those nachos look so darn good! But then again, almost dish you put on here makes me want some of it!

Unknown said...

Well, there goes my diet!


oh, how yummy can you go!!!!! girl, those nachos look divine and i can taste them already - then, there's that fabulous beer bread!! and how i do love me some good hot beer bread on a chilly day! well, or any day, actually! just have to try your recipe - my daughter and i make one that's very similar - yummmmmmy - with lots of "real" butter while it's still hot from the oven! be still my heart!!!

thanks so much for your visit to one of my little campfires - the fire is always the warmer for it!!!

already have done one little jig around to the BTband at the blue moon - now back for more - see ya on the dance floor, cher!!!

Marguerite said...

nanny- They are soooo good! If you had the ingredients, you could make them right now! Great, I meant to tell you about the link. You will love it! Enjoy!

Kitty- Five or six pounds is not bad for 2 weeks in New Orleans! lol Glad you had such a good time. And when you're ready to eat something sinful again, I hope you try this beer bread! Cest bon, cher!

Drick- Thanks, so glad you like them, cher! This bread is so easy, and it's one of those things that you can't stop eating until it's gone! You're welcome! Enjoy!

Eddie- I've been on a veggie diet for 10 days, so I know what you mean! lol Just dance around in your study and you'll loose the holiday weight in no time, cher! lol

Spice- Thanks for your sweet comment! They are both divinely delicious and I hope you try them. They were concocted by Cajun men, so you know that they're good! :)

Kat- I know, it was quite a disappointment, after last year, but, cie la vie! Definitely "man cave" food, especially the bread! lol Merci for stopping by, cher!

Eddie Bluelights said...

Hello Marguerite
I have a little something for you to collect from my blog - bring a shrimp and an Eggnog LOL

Mary Bergfeld said...

Wow! That sounds delicious! I think my diet has just been postponed :-). I hope you have a wonderful evening. Blessings...Mary.

Cloudia said...

Sausage, Bread & Beer Cajun stylee??!


Aloha from Waikiki, my dear pal :)

Comfort Spiral



Joanna Jenkins said...

OmGosh.... Your Cajun Nachos are calling my name. They look amazing. Yum, Yum, Yum!
Happy New Year, jj

Lisa said...

Interesting flavors for the bread!

I don't know very much about cajun food so your blog is fun to look through. Is most Cajun food spicy? I'm can't handle anything spicy so would these recipes would without the spice?

Arlee Bird said...

I like that the nachos don't have refried beans like is so often the case with traditional nachos. The beans make the nachos get so soggy.
The bread certainly sounds unique.

Tossing It Out

Talli Roland said...

Yuuummmmm! Ilove nachos - they're my favourite!

Happy New Year!

aslan said...

Ohh my god all fantastic, magical.
Happy New Year and happiness...

Best wishes from TÜRKİYE, İstanbul.

Marguerite said...

Kittie- Sounds like a bon ton and the breakfast sounds sinful! And New Year's Eve in N.O., well it just doesn't get any better than that! Will you be coming for Mardi Gras? :)

Dennis- Merci beaucoup, so glad you like them and hope you try them! Both are easy to make and the bread is "to die for"! Thanks for stopping by, cher!

Pat- Thanks so much for your sweet comment and for coming by! It's my pleasure!

Debbie- Hi and welcome to Cajun country! These two are worth the calories, cher, and you can always start your diet after you make these. lol ! Thanks so much for stopping by!

GYPSY- Merci for the sweet compliments, cher! So glad you like them and enjoyed the music, too! You're welcome, it's always a pleasure to visit your blog.

Eddie- You are sooo canaille, yeah! lol Merci beaucoup, again, for the lovely awards! I will be posting them, soon! Cheers!

Mehmet Osman Çağlar said...

Bonjour Marguerite I just fell down when I see the beer bread, it seems very delicious, but what should I do for my diet! Thanks for sharing but not eating too much...only watching with a very littel piece. Wishing you a happy year again and ofcourse a weekend full of you and life. Mon ami..Cheers! Love and hugs, Zhivago

{northern cottage} said...

those nachos look AMAZING I could dive into them RIGHT NOW.....AND IT IS 8 AM HERE!

Pamma said...

Oh, I am really hungry and I love me some nachos!

Anonymous said...

YUM! Those nachos have me drooling all over my keyboard. I want some of those NOW!

Thanks for reminding me about beer bread. Haven't made it in years, but I am going to do it soon.

Jessica | Cajunlicious said...

You have me craving these right NOW! They look delicious!!!

Drick said...

this is the perfect post to share, esp with me... ya know I love my spice and mex foods and that bread is so divine... I made a batch a while back in a skillet, oh my goodness...
thanks so much for your entry, remember to cast a vote...

Liz That Skinny Chick Can Bake said...

I have a weak spot when it comes to nachos...and yours look AMAZING!!!

mjskit said...

Two great recipes! I've got to try the bread! Beer, jalapenos and andouille in a bread? Sounds like a party in the mouth for sure!

Anonymous said...

How much flour in the sausage bread...not on the recipe here....thanks..I cannot wait to give this one a whirl!!!thanks....