Saturday, February 10, 2018

Cajun Mardi Gras Favorites

It's time for Mardi Gras, cher, and time for some of the best eats of the year. King cake parties, before and after parade parties, lavish Mardi Gras balls, BBQ, crawfish boils, and the list goes on and on! Just one big party! Here are a few of my favorite Mardi Gras "must haves". Out of this world! Enjoy!

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Spicy Cajun Crab Dip
 Mardi Gras Jambalaya
 Creole Shrimp Pasta Salad

 Spicy Cajun Crawfish Cakes

1 lb. fresh crawfish tails

2 tbs.'s mayo

1 tbs. Creole or Dijon mustard

1/2  tsp. Tabasco sauce

1 bunch green onions, chopped

1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped

1 tsp. or more, Cajun seasoning

1 cup saltine cracker crumbs

1 cup seasoned bread crumbs

2 tbs.'s olive oil

In large bowl, combine all ingredients, except oil and breadcrumbs and mix well. Roll in breadcrumbs, shape into 8 patties, and chill for 30 minutes. Heat oil, in large nonstick skillet, and cook over medium heat for 3 to 5 minutes on each side, or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Serve with my Creole Tartar Sauce. (recipe below)

Creole Tartar Sauce

1 cup light mayo
1 tbs. Creole mustard
1 tbsp. each, green onions and fresh parsley, chopped
1 tsp. minced garlic 1 tbs. sweet pickle relish
Salt to taste
1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
Few shakes Tabasco

Combine all ingredients in bowl and chill. Fab!

And by popular demand.

Creole Potato Salad

Cajun BBQ Shrimp

King Cake Bread Pudding

Have a safe and Happy Mardi Gras, Ya'll! Merci for passing by!

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Cajun Party Dip Faves

With two of my favorite parties coming up in the same week, I've been busy making dips for either my own parties or other parties that I'm going to. Here are a few more of my favorite dips that are Cajun "must haves" for your Super Bowl or Mardi Gras parties. Cest bon, cher! Bon Appetit!

Spicy Creole Guacamole

3 ripe avocados, peeled and pitted
1 small (8 ounce) can, Rotel tomatoes with green chilies, drained
1 small onion, minced
1 tbs. chopped cilantro
1 tbs. fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp. sea salt

Mash avocados in a medium bowl. Stir in tomatoes, onions, lemon juice, salt, and mix well. Cover and chill until ready to serve.

Creamy Crawfish Dip

1/2 lb. peeled crawfish tails
1 tsp. minced garlic
1/2 cup chopped pickled jalapenos
1 small red bell pepper, chopped
1/2 cup green onions, sliced thin
1 cup Pepper Jack cheese, grated
2 ounces Parmesan cheese, grated
2 tbs.'s white wine
1 tsp. Tabasco sauce
1/2 tsp. salt
8 oz.'s cream cheese, softened

Combine all ingredients except the Parmesan cheese in  large bowl. Mix gently and spoon into a medium sized, buttered casserole dish. Sprinkle the Parmesan cheese evenly over top and bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Let sit for 5 minutes before serving. Fab with mini croissants!

Baked Muffaletta Dip

1 8 oz. package cream cheese, softened
1 cup cooked ham, cubed
1 cup provolone or mozarella cheese, cubed
1/2 cup red onion, chopped
1/2 cup red bell peppers, chopped
1 6 oz. jar Spanish olives, chopped and drained
1 small can sliced black olives, drained
1 or 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbs. fresh parsley, chopped

Combine all ingredients in large mixing bowl. Spoon into a 9 inch pie plate and bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 25 to 30 minutes. Garnish with chopped parsley and serve with crackers or toasted baguettes. (recipe below)

Toasted Baguettes

1 French baguette
4 tbs.'s butter, melted
1 tsp minced garlic
1 tbs. chopped fresh parsley

Slice baguette diagonally into 1/2 inch slices. Combine melted butter, garlic, and parsley, and brush mixture on top side of bread. Bake @ 325 degrees for 5 minutes. Turn and brush other side and bake for 3 more minutes.

For my Super Bowl Menu, click here.

For more of my Super Bowl recipes, click here.

And don't forget the King Cake

Happy Super Bowl Sunday, ya'll!

And if it's Super Bowl Sunday, can Mardi Gras be far behind? Stay tuned for my Mardi Gras faves. Merci beaucoup for stopping by!