Thursday, March 24, 2011

Marguerite's Cajun-Style French Bread + Cajun Fun on the Swamp !

Here's a fast and easy recipe for a fabulous, Cajun-Style loaf of French bread. It's bold and rich flavor pairs well with just about everything and it freezes well, too. I like to make up several loaves at a time,  to keep on hand in the freezer,  and serve as a delicious appetizer when guests drop in. When I tell you that this bread is out of this world, then you know that I mean it, cher! Cest bon!

1 (14 oz.) loaf French bread
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 medium onion, chopped fine
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2/3 cup light mayo
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese 
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 tbs. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tbs. or more Cajun seasoning

Cut bread in half, lengthwise and brush melted butter evenly onto bread halves.

Stir together onion, jalapeno pepper, and the next 6 ingredients, and spread mixture evenly over buttered bread halves. sprinkle evenly with the Cajun seasoning. Slice each half into 8 (1 inch) pieces.

Place, buttered sides up, on a greased baking sheet and sprinkle evenly with Cajun seasoning.

Bake at 350 degrees for 15  minutes or until  bubbly.

Let stand for 5 minutes and enjoy!

Cajun Fun on the Swamp

After a delectable breakfast of crab meat omelettes, bacon, and biscuits, we headed out to the levee, on the beautiful Atchafalaya Basin, to see if we could find some fun. We didn't have to look too far before we found this group, having a few cold ones on the porch, at Basin Landing

Adjacent to the store at Basin Landing is Turtle's Bar and we found another group of friends in there, as well. Turtles is a quaint little place, where friends often meet on the weekends, to visit or take a nice boat ride on the swamp. Plus, they have the coldest beer on the levee.

It's filled with interesting memorabilia and signs and has a retro jukebox. This preserved alligator head on the bar, caught my attention and lovely Spring flowers filled vintage containers, like this antique bathtub.


After having a few cold drinks, it was time to go to the Sunday afternoon dance at Whiskey River Landing, which is just a short distance away, either by car or boat. Whiskey River is a dance hall and a boat landing, famous for it's Sunday afternoon dances and tours of the basin.

There was already a good crowd, when we arrived and we could hear the highly seasoned, Cajun music from outside. The hot as Tabasco, "High Performance Band" was rockin' the crowd and there was some nitty-gritty dancin, going on! Oh yeah, cher!

Here's a little clip that I took of the fun going on, on the dance floor. The audio is not the best quality, since I was standing too close to the speakers, at times, but it will give you an idea of the electricity that was bouncing off the dance floor. Let the good times roll cher!

High Performance Band

Hope ya'll have a fantastic weekend, filled with fun! Merci beaucoup for coming by!


Rae said...

Loved the photos. Whiskey River is a great name. Looks like a fun place. My goodness that bread looks delicious. I'm going to give it a try this weekend when my family comes to visit.

Linda Starr said...

Crab omeletess, now you're talking. Boy Cajuns really know how to party.

Laura said...

Hi Marguerite-

I just wanted to stop by and say hi!
That bread recipe looks like a meal in itself.
I can't wait to try it.
Have fun this weekend!

White Spray Paint

Kat said...

I know you are going to have a fun weekend! That french bread recipe sounds great and easy-peasy! Thanks for all the sharin' you do. I always leave here hungry and happy!

Joanne said...

Marguerite, I could make a meal out of that French Bread recipe. A little salad on the side and I'm good to go :)

Drick said...

mean bread for sure... understand why you stash some away in the freezer - hey, I think I've been to Basin landing or someplace that looks purity near like it...

Pam said...

Geeze! I'm hungry every time I see your posts! This sounds delicious and of course I love the video also!

Rosaria Williams said...

Oh, never a dull moment here. So much food and fun and great music to enjoy. Have a great weekend. Marguerite.

RSA Online said...

I am DROOLING over that bread! So delicious

Eddie Bluelights said...

I always knew you could use your loaf very well and this looks a real treat. The Aligator reminds me of me attacking your fabulous culinary creations LOL.
Whiskey River sounds great fun - save a dance for me LOL. Hugs ~ Eddie

Pat Tillett said...

Yum! the bread looks so good! Really nice photos! Thanks so much for the ongoing photo/word tour of your area! I really enjoy it...

Marguerite said...

Rae- Thanks, so glad you liked the photos and want to try the bread. Whiskey River is one of the most fun places on the planet and the bread is fab! Enjoy!

Linda- Thanks, everything is better with a little bit of crab! lol Yes, we do, and we just love to have fun!

Laura- So good to hear from you! Thanks, it's so easy and good and I hope you give it a try. Hope you have a fun weekend, too! Thanks for stopping by!

Kat- Thanks so much for your sweet comment! This bread is divine and is a snap to prepare. You're welcome, it's my pleasure!

Joanne- Thanks, so glad you like the bread! I have to control myself, or I would eat the whole loaf! :) Enjoy!

Drick- Merci, cher, that's a good way to describe it! lol If you've been to the levee in Henderson, then you've probably been to Basin Landing. It's the first one, after Pat's Seafood Restaurant.

Nancy said...

I know I've said this a million times - but what could be better than dancing right in the middle of the day with a bunch of other people wanting to do the same thing? Fun, Marguerite!!

Mary Bergfeld said...

You do know how to party :-). Can I come next time? Your bread, by the way sounds delicious. Have a great evening. Blessings...Mary

Kathryn Magendie said...

Nowhere like South Louisiana!

Gonna show that bread to GMR!

Kittie Howard said...

My Aunt Teddy used to do a mean number with this bread, about like yours, and to die for! FYI, in early April a young blog is going to have a series of posts about self-publishing. It's at

My project's coming along but, be warned, it's tedious and consumes enormous time but the hard part's over, thankfully.

Chef Dennis Littley said...

that does sound like some mighty tasty bread you fixed up there! But I would love to been there with you for the fun time on the swamp!
that crabmeat omelette sounds incredible!
Thanks for sharing your fun with us today.

Velva said...

This is another great recipe. I have bookmarked this one too!

I spent a long weekend in New Orleans. I had enough of the French Quarter. We jumped into the car and headed to Cajun country. Awesome. I thought of you and had a better visual, of the fun times that you enjoy.


UrMomCooks said...

My oh my, I need that bread!!! This looks delicious and would be a perfect add-on to most every meal I can think of!!!

nanny said...

OMG I could eat an entire loaf of that bread.....I really could!!!!

Quay Po Cooks said...

You must have a great time. The bread sounds awesome and crabmeat omelette will not go wrong.

Marguerite said...

Pam- Thanks, I feel the same way when I visit your blog! So glad you enjoyed the video, too.

Rosaria- You're right about that, cher! Wish you were here! Thanks for stopping by!

RSA- Hi and welcome! So glad you like it! Thanks for the nice compliment and for coming by!

Eddie- lol- You are so canaille! Whiskey River is a blast and I'll be sure and save you a jitterbug. lol

Pat- Merci beaucoup for your sweet comment! You're very welcome, so glad you enjoy it!

Nancy- You're so right about that! It's one of my favorite things to do, for sure! Thanks for stopping by!

Magic of Spice said...

This bread is dangerous and oh so delicious :)

Eddie Bluelights said...

It's a deal, Marguerite LOL. I might get the dancing 'bug' quite quickly provided you are my partner but with a dance a complicated as the Jitterbug I might also get the 'jitters' LOL. May have to resort the a Cajun Waltz provided there are 'Rivers of Whiskey' LOL - Cheers _ Eddie

Midlife Roadtripper said...

What brand of Cajun spice do you recommend. Or do you mix your own?

As always, good food, good music, good fun.

Jessica | Cajunlicious said...

Marguerite- Love your blog to & following!

You have to tell me where you got the Cajun button that is at the bottom your it!

Anonymous said...

I would like to know if anything tastes back on a loaf of french bread? Thanks for linking- hope to see you again! goodbyecityhellosuburbs

Martha said...

Yum!! Thanks for linking this up at the beach party! I so often over buy when it comes to french bread. Always better to have too much than not enough! I usually think Italian and just freeze with butter, garlic, Parmesan and Italian seasonings - thanks for the great Cajun option, love it!!

Monica said...

The bread recipe looks delish! I think it could be a meal on it's own.

Whiskey River looks like a great place to pick up your mood! I loved the video clip, I wanted to jump in there and dance with everyone. =)

threesidesofcrazy said...

Oh YUM, I have the perfect pasta recipe to make this with!