Friday, January 24, 2014

Spicy Cajun Breakfast Bake + Cajun Boogie

Here's an easy recipe for one of my family's favorite breakfasts. It is packed with flavor and is sure to please your family and guests. You can also get creative with it and use any ingredients that you have on hand. For example, you could substitute 2 links of sliced, cooked sausage for the bacon. I like to serve this delicious breakfast dish with my Jalapeno Cheese Grits, and Grandma's Buttermilk Biscuits. (links below) Bon appetit!

Spicy Cajun Breakfast Bake

6 slices bread (any kind), torn into pieces
6 slices bacon, cooked crisp, and drained and crumbled
6 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup milk or half and half
1/2 stick butter
1/2 cup onions, chopped
1/2 cup bell peppers, chopped
1/2 cup pickled jalapenos
1 cup shredded cheese, (any kind)
1 tsp. Cajun seasoning
Few shakes Tabasco

Saute the onions and bell peppers in the butter for 5 minutes.

In large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, veggies, hot sauce, and seasoning. Stir in the jalapenos and bacon.

Transfer to a lightly greased 13 x 9 inch baking dish and top with the cheese. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 25 to 30 minutes or until set and a knife comes out clean.

Bacon Cheese Grits

Grandma's Buttermilk Biscuits

Cajun Boogie

Here's a little clip that my friend Bill took recently at a pre Mardi Gras party at Fred's Lounge in Mamou, Louisiana. Fred's is a local Cajun landmark and is known for it's Saturday morning dances. Johnny Sonnier and Cajun Revue were rockin' this crowd! Let the good times roll, cher!

Wishing you all a fab and fun weekend! Merci beaucoup for stopping by!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Spicy Cajun Appetizers + Bayou Boogie

Here are a few more spicy Cajun appetizers that are perfect for munching on while you're watching the play-offs or anytime that you want a sinfully delicious treat.  The cheesy spinach bread is so quick and easy to prepare and the crab and artichoke dip is out of this world! Both are sinfully delicious and worth the calories, cher! Enjoy!

 Parmesan Spinach Bread

1/2 stick butter, melted
1 cup half and half
8 ounces shredded mozzarella or Italian blend cheese
1 cup Parmesan cheese
1 box frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
1 small can sliced portobello mushrooms, (optional)
1 onion, chopped
1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
1 tsb. or more Cajun seasoning
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 loaf French bread, split in half, lengthwise

Melt butter in medium saucepan and add onions, peppers, mushrooms, and seasonings and saute for 10 minutes. Add the spinach and half and half and heat and stir till bubbly. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Add half of the cheeses and stir until melted.

Spread mixture evenly on both sides of French bread and top with remaining cheese. Place on cookie sheet, cheese side up and bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes or until bubbly. Slice into 1/2 inch slices and arrange on a serving platter.

Spicy Crab and Artichoke Spread

1 lb. lump crab meat, picked over
1 tsp. chopped garlic
1/2 cup chopped pickled jalapenos
1/4 lb. Pepper Jack cheese, grated
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. Tabasco sauce
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup mayonaise
2 oz. Parmesan cheese, grated
2 tbs.'s fresh parsley, chopped

Combine the crabmeat, garlic, jalapenos, Pepper Jack,Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, salt, and mayonaise in a medium bowl. Toss gently until just mixed.

Spoon mixture into a lightly greased baking dish. Sprinkle the Parmesan cheese and parsley over top of the crabmeat mixture. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 25 minutes. Let sit for 5 minutes before serving with mini toasts.


I'll be sharing these at ~
Full Plate Thursday @ Miz Helen's Country Cottage 

Bayou Boogie

Here's a little clip of a Cajun two step, performed by the High Performance Band in Rayne, Louisiana. The crowd was loving this band and there was a whole lotta two-stepping going on. Crank it up for this one, cher! Merci beaucoup for passing by!