Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Cajun Cook-Out Menu - Part I + Bayou Blues

Since it's almost time for the holiday weekend, I wanted to share a few of my Cajun cook-out recipes that I will be preparing for my family and friends for our Memorial Day cook-out. From appetizers to burgers and wings, to sides, and desserts, there is a little something for everyone and they are all fab! This is what I have so far! Cest bon, cher! Bon appetit!

Cajun Cook-Out Menu
(click on recipe title to view)

The Appetizers

The Meat
Cajun Beer-Can Chicken ~ Cajun Grilled Chicken Wings ~ Spicy Cajun Burgers
                                                    (recipes below)

The Sides
Remoulade Potato Salad  ~  Bayou Bourbon Beans ~ Cajun Grilled Corn on the Cob

And who knows what else I'll be adding!  

If you really want some really, " finger- lickin' GOOD" chicken wings, delight your guests with this scrumptious HOT wing recipe with a bit of sweetness added! Out of this world!

Cajun Grilled Chicken Wings

2 lbs. chicken wings
1 tbs. or more Cajun seasoning

1/4 cup salsa
1/4 cup ketchup
1 cup orange marmalade
1 tbs. Tabasco
1 tbs. vinegar
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

Combine salsa, marmalade, Tabasco, vinegar, chili powder, and Worcestershire sauce in small bowl, and mix well. Set aside.

Season chicken wings with Cajun seasoning in large baking pan. Grill on medium hot coals or on medium,  for gas grill. Cover and grill for 10 minutes, turn and brush liberally with sauce. Continue grilling for 10 more minutes, turn and brush other side with sauce. Grill for 10 more minutes or until done. Cest bon! Bon Appetit!

It just doesn't get any better than this, for burgers! These spicy, smokey burgers are the ultimate Cajun treat and just one bite will send your taste buds into orbit, cher! Enjoy!

Spicy Cajun Burgers

2 lbs. lean ground beef
1 tbs. Tabasco sauce
1 tbs. liquid smoke
1 tbs. prepared horseradish
2 tbs.'s minced garlic
1/2 cup green onions, chopped fine
1 or 2 jalapenos, seeded and chopped
1 tbs. Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp.'s salt
1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
6 large burger buns
3 tbs.'s butter, melted

Place meat and all other ingredients in large bowl and mix gently, but thoroughly. Shape meat mixture into 6 patties and cover with foil and chill for one or more hours. Preheat gas grill on medium- high heat or charcoal grill on medium- high and cook for 7 to 10 minutes on each side, for medium. Baste buns with melted butter and grill to the side for 5 minutes to toast. Garnish with lettuce, tomato, onions, and pickles and enjoy, cher! 

I'll be sharing these over at Tasty Tuesdays, What's Cooking Wednesday,

Bayou Blues

Here's another little clip, taken at the Spring finale' in River Ranch last week,  of the great Marcia Ball singing some good ole bayou blues. I'd like to dedicate this one to my dear friend, Wayne, who really knows how to dance to the blues. This one's for you, cher! Cheers!

Next, I'll be sharing some more Cajun cook-out ideas and some desserts and drinks, so stay tuned! 
Wishing ya'll a wonderful week! Merci beaucoup for dropping by!


Karen Jones Gowen said...

I want to come to your house for Memorial Day! And when is your recipe book coming out?

Joanne said...

Wow, what a delicious menu. Your guests are very lucky to be seated at your table! And hey, can you even believe it's Memorial Day already? Where's the year going??

Linda Starr said...

Home made BBQ sauce is the best, orange marmelade I have never used, must try that one.

Dee said...

Holy cow! I get hungry every time I read your blog lol. Everything looks amazing cher'!

Anonymous said...

YUM... my memorial day picnics have never been laid out like that... Can I please come to your house...heehee... I do wash dishes...
Thanks for the awesome ideas...
Take care,

Drick said...

whooo wheee, better than good Marguerite, a menu that will be better than memorial... let me know what time you're lighting the fire...

Pam said...

What time are you putting the spread out? I'm sure I can make it on time! It looks incredible. Thanks for the video. Marcia's great and I love love love love the blues.

Eddie Bluelights said...

I'm always famished after reading these mouth watering recipes. Can I camp my tent on your lawn? LOL Must have some of that - mmmmm! yummee!
Thanks for your comment LOL A Luddite originally was a group of cotton workers led by Ned Luddite protesting about mechanisation of cotton machinery hence many people out of work. This was during the nineteeth century around the times of the Napoleonic Wars. Modern day meaning is anyone who hates machinery and hi tech.

Nancy said...

Oh my! Your guests are in for a treat this weekend.

kitchen flavours said...

Everything looks yummy and whatever else that you will be adding, I know they will be delicious too! Have a good day, Marguerite!

Jessica | Cajunlicious said...

YUMMY! Perfect menu for the long weekend!

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Marguerite said...

Karen- Thanks, I would love it if you could! Hopefully, sooner rather than later, but you know how the editing goes?

Joanne- Thanks, and that's just Part 1 of the menu, there's more! I know what you mean, but time flies when you're having fun! :)

Linda- Yes, it is! It's fab and I hope you do give it a try! Thanks for stopping by, cher!

Dee- Thanks, cher, so glad you like it! You know how good a Cajun cook-out is and I wish you were here!

Emily- Hi and welcome! You're welcome, it was awesome! Thanks so much for stopping by and for following me back! I will!

ffd- Thanks, it's going to be quite a spread! You'd be more than welcome to join us! You're welcome!

Unknown said...

Hey there...just stumbled in your blog and LOVE it! I live in Houston but LOVE Louisiana (and TEXAS too!) I'm going to try some of your delicious sounding recipes. And I LOVE the clips of the dancers. Cajun music always makes me smile and I love to watch (and Dance) to the music. Young and old alike looked like they "passed a good time". I've added myself as your newest follower so I can keep up with your good times. :)
Happy Memorial Day!

Carrie said...

oh, that sounds good!! hopefully the rain goes away before this weekend so we can have some good grilling time. This might be a dumb question, but does it matter what kind of salsa you use? I have this amazing pineapple salsa from trader joes, but I had heard that pineapples can change the food texture of things, specifically meats. Is this something I should be careful with? or will it not affect the burger? Thanks

Ma What's 4 dinner said...

What an amazing menu! I should have been born on the bayou! Maybe I can just come down and you can adopt me? :)

Lots of yummy love,
Alex aka Ma What's For Dinner

bj said...

OMGosh..hubby loves cajun foods so he'd LOVE all this. :))


alright now! that's what i'm wantin' - some hot spicy food and some hot n'spicy dancin!!!

ya'll have a great hot n' spicy weekend, dear lady! and thanks so much for the menu/recipes - but most of all, always always for the music and dancin'!!

Olga said...

I love cajun! These looks great for this weekend. Thanks for sharing. Visiting form Full Plate.

Miranda | Mangoes and Chutney said...

The appetizers alone make me want to come over! Would love for you to share this at Fat Camp Friday this weekend. One recipe is picked every Monday and featured on my front page all week! http://tiny.cc/FatCampFriday29

Miz Helen said...

Merci Beaucoup Marguerite!
The guy on the guitar can really make those blues talk to your soul. I always look forward to your music so I can get out of this chair and move. Now I don't know which to choose the wings or the burger and maybe I will have both. Your cook out looks awesome, you are going to have so much fun! Thanks for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and come back soon!

Marguerite said...

Drick- Merci for your sweet comment, cher! We'll be serving around 1 pm, so don't be late!:) And now, I'm adding boiled crawfish to the menu!

Pam- Like I told Drick, around 1 pm, but you might want to come earlier for appetizers and a Bloody Mary! :) Thanks, so glad you enjoyed it!

Eddie- Sure, since I already have a full house, and you wouldn't be the first one to camp on my lawn! lol Merci, cher, so glad you like them, and thanks for the explanation. lol

Nancy- Thanks so much for your sweet comment and for stopping by! I have to agree with you on that one! :) Have a great weekend!

kf- Thanks for the nice compliment, cher! It'll all be good, for sure. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

cajunlicious- Merci beaucoup, cher, so glad you like the menu! And thanks so much for the award, I am so honored!

Amy said...

What a feast! I would love to sample some of your food! :P Thanks for sharing the lovely pictures.

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Cloudia said...

Be right over :)

Aloha from Honolulu

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Marguerite said...

Susan- Hi and welcome! Thanks so much for your lovely comment and for stopping by! I'm so glad that you enjoyed it all and hope you'll stop by often!

Carrie- Hi and welcome! Hope you had a great holiday and some nice weather for grilling. The pineapple salsa sounds great and I think that it would work really well in this recipe. Thanks for coming by!

Alexa- Hi and welcome to Cajun country! Thanks for your sweet comment and for stopping by!! It's such a fun place and I'd love to! :)

bj- Great, hope you try it all! I made your Margarita Cake and it was a big hit! I could eat that glaze by the spoonful! lol Thanks again!

Gypsy- Merci beaucoup for the nice compliments, cher! So glad that you enjoy it! It's a labor of love and I'm happy to share it all with you. Cheers!

Olga- Hi and welcome! I'm so glad that you love Cajun food and the recipes and hope you will give them a try! Thanks so much for visiting and for your nice comment!

Anonymous said...

Yummy! Thanks for sharing @ Workshop Wednesday!

Magic of Spice said...

This is some great party fare for sure...Crawfish spinach bowl, I am on it :) Hope you had a great weekend :)