Sunday, December 29, 2013

Cajun New Year's Menu

Here are a few of my favorite recipes that are perfect for your New Year's celebration! I will be hosting a casual New Year's Day buffet for my family and friends and it will be quite a spread, packed with delectable Cajun and Creole delights. Here is what I have so far and who knows what else I'll be adding. Bon appetit and Happy New Year, cher!

Cajun Baked Ham w/ Pineapple Rum Glaze

Cajun Crawfish Dip

 For more of my holiday appetizers, click here.

Blackeyed Pea Salad

Cajun Crab and Corn Casserole

Pina Colada Bundt Cake

Chocolate Bread Pudding w/ Chocolate Bourbon Sauce

Wishing ya'll a happy, healthy, and prosperous new year, filled with good times. 

Happy 2014!

Monday, December 23, 2013

Last Minute Cajun Holiday Faves + Cajun Holiday Drinks

Tis the season for holiday parties and having guests over. In my search for some new appetizers to serve my guests, I recently re-invented this scrumptious Stuffed Muffaletta Bread. Makes a great last minute appetizer and so easy for those busy days. Out of this world, cher! And the Creole Mustard Dip is fab! (recipe below) Bon appetit!

Stuffed Muffaletta Bread w/ Creole Mustard Dip

1 (13.8 oz.) can refrigerated pizza dough
1/2 cup olive salad, drained
1 cup shredded cheese
(combination of provolone, asagio, and mozarella)
1/4 cup each diced deli ham and salami
Red pepper flakes to taste

Unroll the dough and place on a nonstick cookie sheet. Spread the olive salad over the dough, leaving a 1/2 inch edge around the perimeter.

Layer the ham and salami and top with red pepper flakes.Sprinkle the cheese on top of the olive/ meat mixture. Roll from a long edge to about a 3 inch diameter. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 15 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool for a few minutes and slice into 2 inch slices. Serve with Creole Mustard Dip. (recipe below)

Creole Mustard Dip

2 cups sour cream
1/4 cup diced onions
2 tbs.'s chopped green onions
1/4 cup Creole mustard
1 tsp. Creole or Cajun seasoning

Mix all ingredients in mixing bowl until well blended. Refrigerate for 2 hours. Stir well when ready to serve and transfer to a dip bowl.

And for your dessert table, why not try these heavenly Chocolate Chip - Pecan Pie Bars. With over 90,000 views making them the #1 recipe on Cajun Delights for 2013, they're sure to be a hit. Sinfully good, cher and worth the calories.

Chocolate Chip - Pecan Pie Bars

1 (1/2) cups flour
3 tbs.'s flour
3tbs.'s brown sugar
1 stick butter
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup chopped pecans
2 tbs.'s butter
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Combine flour and 3 tbs.'s brown sugar in medium bowl. Cut in the stick of butter, until crumbly. Press into a buttered 8 x 11 inch baking pan. Bake in a preheated , 350 degree oven for 15 minutes.

In large bowl, combine the eggs, corn syrup, 1/2 cup brown sugar, pecans, 2 tbs.'s butter, vanilla, salt, and chocolate chips and mix well. Pour over baked crust and bake for 20 to 25 more minutes. Cool completely and cut into bars.

For more of my holiday desserts, click here.

Cajun Holiday Cocktails

And for a little lagniappe, here are a few of my favorite drinks to serve during the holidays. Enjoy! Cheers, cher!

Cajun Dirty Martini

1 ounce Absolute Peppar vodka
2 ounces vodka, cold
1 dash dry vermouth
2 large jalapeno-stuffed green olives
1 dash olive juice (to taste)
Crushed ice

Mix vodkas, vermouth, and olive juice with ice into cocktail shaker and blend for 15 seconds. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with jalapeno stuffed olive.

Black Santa Martini

4 ounces coffee liqueur
2 ounces vodka
2 ounces peppermint schnapps
Crushed ice
Mint leaves or peppermint sticks for garnish

Place all ingredients in shaker with ice. Shake for a few minutes and pout into martini glasses. Garnish with mint leaves and/ or peppermint sticks. Serves 2 Out of this world!
And for the morning after the party!

Cajun Bloody Mary's

Absolute vodka to taste 
64 oz. tomato juice
1 Tbs. Tony's Creole seasoning
1 Tbs. prepared horseradish
1 tsp. steak sauce
1 Tbs. Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbs. Tabasco
Juice of 1/2 lemon

Mix all ingredients and shake well in a clean gallon jug or pitcher.
Garnish with celery tops and olives and small cocktail onions.


Wishing You All a Very Merry Christmas! 


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Cajun Christmas Party Preview

Well, it's only 2 weeks till Christmas, ya'll, so I am planning my holiday party menus.  I'll soon be entertaining guests for a gift exchange party and then again on Christmas Eve. I've decided to liven up the menu with some new spicy appetizers and I'll be adding several fabulous seafood dishes to my Christmas Eve buffet, as well. This is what I have so far and they are all sinfully delicious and are sure to please your family and guests. Desserts will be on a separate post. Cest bon, cher! Bon appetit!

Spicy Creole Crab Balls

1 lb. lump crabmeat, picked over
1/2 cup crushed saltine crackers
1 large egg
1/4 cup mayo
1 tsp. Creole seasoning
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. Creole or Dijon mustard
2 tbs.'s chopped bell pepper
2 tbs.'s chopped green onions
Vegetable oil for frying

In a large mixing bowl, mix together the egg mayo, Creole seasoning Worcestershire sauce, and Creole mustard. Add crabmeat and mix gently. Add cracker crumbs evenly. Stir in the peppers and green onions. Form the mixture into 3 inch balls. ( I used a melon scoop) and place on a large cookie sheet and chill for 1 hour. Deep fry at 350 degrees for 2 to 3 minutes or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels and transfer to a serving platter. Serve with my Creole Tartar Sauce. Fab!

Cajun Christmas Party Preview

(click on recipe title to view recipe)

 Cajun Baked Ham w/ Honey-Mustard Bourbon Glaze



 Bayou Buffalo Wings 

  Shrimp Remoulade
 Spicy Cajun Party Meatballs 

 Crawfish Spinach Bread Bowl 


Muffaletta Pasta Salad 
Seafood Jambalaya

Creole Potato Salad  


Cranberry-Pecan Muffins

 Jalapeno Cornbread Muffins  

 Grandma's Buttermilk Biscuits



Bourbon Brownies w/ Praline Icing 

Marguerite's Christmas Cookies 

Eggnog Bread Pudding with Cherry Bourbon Sauce


Ultimate Cajun Eggnog 

Frozen Pomegranate Margaritas

Hope that ya'll are enjoying the season!  Merci beaucoup for stopping by! Happy Holidays!