Saturday, November 12, 2011

Cajun Thanksgiving Menu

With less than two weeks until Thanksgiving, I've been tweaking my Thanksgiving menu and  narrowing down the list of my family's faves. I like to include a few new recipes, as well as the ones that have been handed down from my dear mother and grandmother. This is what I have so far, and  I'll be adding a few more, so stay tuned. Desserts will be on a separate post.
 Bon appetit!


Cajun Thanksgiving Menu


Cajun Fried Turkey w/ Giblet Gravy


Candied Sweet Potato Casserole * Creamy Scalloped Potatoes w/Bacon (recipe below) *


  Nanny's Sweet Potato Biscuits * Jalapeno-Sausage Cornbread * Mama's Cornmeal Biscuits


I'll be sharing these at ~
Saturday Night Special @ Funky Junk Interiors
Sunday Showcase Party @ Under the Table and Dreaming
Tuesday Talent Show @ Chef in Training 
These Chicks Cooked @ This Chick Cooks 
Full Plate Thursday @ Miz Helen's Country Cottage
Creamy Scalloped Potatoes w/Bacon

5 large baking potatoes
1 tsp. salt
1 onion, chopped
1/2 cup green bell pepper, diced
2 tsp.'s minced garlic
3 tbs.'s butter
1/3 cup flour
3 - 1/2 cups milk
12 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
2 tsp.'s Cajun seasoning, divided
5 slices bacon

Wash and peel potatoes and slice into 1/2 inch slices. Place in large pot of water, with salt, and bring to a boil. Boil for 5 minutes, drain, and transfer to a large bowl.

In large skillet, cook the bacon until crisp. Drain and crumble. Drain all but one tbs. of bacon fat and add onions, garlic, and peppers and saute for 5 minutes. Add veggie mixture and 1 tsp. of Cajun seasoning to the bowl and blend gently.

 On low heat, melt butter in large saucepan and whisk in flour. Slowly add the milk and continue to whisk for one minute. Add cheese and continue whisking until cheese melts. Stir in other tsp. Cajun seasoning, and bacon.

 Layer potato-veggie mixture in a buttered 13x9 inch baking dish and pour milk-cheese mixture over top. Bake uncovered in a preheated 350 degree oven for 45 minutes or until golden brown. Divine and compliments a ham perfectly.

Hope that ya'll are having a great weekend! Merci beaucoup for stopping by!


Anonymous said...

What a beautiful potato dish:)

Big Dude said...

What a feast you're laying on - everything sounds delicious and I like that it is a very regional menu. It would be fun to visit different parts of the country each year and have a Cajun, Italian, soul, German, Jewish, Tex-Mex, etc. Thanksgiving meal. I hope you have lots of diners and at least some cooking help.

Carol Murdock said...

Those potatoes sound heavenly! What time do I need to be there? XO :)

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a fabulous Thanksgiving line-up!

Joanne said...

I can so make a meal out of that scalloped potato dish, wow! I'd just have a little side salad to go with it, and dinner is served :)

ellen abbott said...

I am definitely fixing this for Thanksgiving!

Kat said...

Those scalloped potatoes look so delicious, I like this method of making them. Will give them a try, but not for Thanksgiving. Maybe Christmas. What lucky folks you have coming to your house!!!

Rosaria Williams said...

Now, those potatoes are worth making!

judi/Gmj said...

Lookin' good! this is a great recipe for potatoes. one I will try. I'll be back for desert.

Eddie Bluelights said...

Mouth Watering as usual and all I can say about your guests is "Lucky Blighters" LOL Such lovely food and the hostess with the mostest thrown in as well.

the wild magnolia said...

Hurry up Thanksgiving. Holiday potatoes, I cannot wait. Hehehe

Pooch Purple Reign said...

its all so golden coloured and beautiful
~laura xx

Gerry @Foodness Gracious said...

Seriously, for real?? That sounds like an awesome dinner, any more room, I can sit on an orange box or kneel or just kinda hang around outside the kitchen ;)

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Heidi said...

As a new Texan, I am experiencing a lot more Cajun food and I like it! Can't wait to try those potatoes. Found you on the Thanksgiving Link Party.

Michelle B said...

What a spread!
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

Marguerite said...

Dzoli- Thanks, it's very tasty, too, and I hope you give it a try. Thanks for stopping by!

Dude- Thanks, that sounds like a lot of fun, but you might say that I'm partial to Cajun cuisine. lol Never a shortage of diners, here, and yes,I will have a lot of help.

Carol- Merci, cher, they are fab and I hope you try them. Come around noon for a Bloody Mary and appetizers! :)

Erin- Thanks, these are all so delicious and I hope you try a few. Thanks for coming by!

Joanne- Thanks, I'm so glad you like them! They are divine and pair well with just about anything.

ellen- Thanks, so glad you want to make them! They won't disappoint! Enjoy!

Amy said...

I definitely miss my New Orleans Thanksgivings and merliton casserole.

Miriam said...

I am drooling over those potatoes right now :), Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

Pat Tillett said...

Okay, this settles it, I'm eating at your house!!!

Linda Starr said...

I'd love to be hiding in the closet and some out as dinner is served. It has been so long since I had scalloped potatoes, I havwe got to make some these look mouth watering. I'll check the other recipes later. I'm hungry now. Ha.

Jessica | Cajunlicious said...

WOW, do I wish I was spending Thanksgiving with you. It all looks fantastic Marguerite!

kitchen flavours said...

Goodness, Marguerite! I wish I could be there to celebrate Thanksgiving with you!

Jessa said...

Cajun thanksgiving sounds amazing! What a wonderful menu!

Michelle B said...

Thanks for linking up--I appreciate it!

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Marguerite said...

Kat- Thanks, they are so delicious and I hope you try them! I'm sure that the folks at your table will be lucky, too. :)

rosaria- Merci, cher, they definitely are and I hope you make them! Thanks for coming by!

judi- Thanks, it's very flavorful and easy, too. I will be posting desserts, soon, so stay tuned!

Eddie- Merci beacoup for your lovely comment, cher! Hope the "lucky blighters" see it that way! lol

twm- Thanks so much for the sweet compliment! Glad you like them and hope you enjoy them!

Pooch- Thanks, cher, it is a pretty dish, as well as being scrumptious! Merci for stopping by!

Jill from Killeny Glen said...

could you mail me a small bowl of the cajun party meatballs please??

Magic of Spice said...

What a fabulous menu...I would love to spend my Thanksgiving at your house! The scalloped potatoes look amazing, and I so love your stuffed jalapenos :)

Dianna said...

This sounds so amazing. I can't wait to try some of these for my own turkey day dinner.

Miz Helen said...

Hi Marguerite,
Your Thanksgiving Menu would sure be a winner here at The Cottage. Everything looks delicious. My very best wishes to you and your family for a blessed Thanksgiving. Thanks for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you again real soon!
Miz Helen

Jenny said...

What a fantastic menu! I will be making your scalloped potatoes. Thank you for the recipe!

Miz Helen said...

Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday's Thanksgiving Buffet. Hope you are having a great week end and enjoy your new Red Plate!
Miz Helen

Katie said...

I just tried the potatoes and they were amazing!! i actually cooked the bourbon glazed ham and creole deviled eggs from this blog and it was all delicious. It made for a fantastic xmas dinner. very happy with the results and everyone loved it!!