The party's Friday! Please help!
Sent by RobynEditor: Readers, any ideas for Robyn and her friend? You could always make a King Cake, of course, but what about some savory ideas?
Related: Good Question: Recipes for Fat Tuesday/Mardi Gras?
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Try something from Food Network's Mardi Gras food page: http://www.foodnetwork.com/topics/mardi-gras/index.html
here in NOLA, the show-stopping recipes at any mardi gras event are mostly of the liquid ilk - sloe gin fizz or cajun bloody marys (with lots of tony chachere's, tobasco, and pickled green beans added) are my personal faves. as per food, you can't go wrong with a good dark gumbo, beans and rice, or bread pudding (with the whiskey sauce!). frank davis is a local cooking guru - any of his recipes are definitely the real deal: http://www.wwltv.com/frank-davis. if your friend gets the baby from whatever king cake is provided, let her know to order the cake for the next party from manny randazzo's bakery - they'll ship and they're worth it!
This one I posted on my blog was from Haydel's in New Orleans. It's not the BEST king cake in NOLA (I agree with PP..Randazzo's is the best), but it's still pretty awesome!http://www.theniftyfoodie.com/food/2011/01/10/king-cake/
This a a Cooking Light Jambalaya recipe that is my go to meal and one I make every Mardi Gras. The only addition I make is I add more tomatoes to the recipe. http://find.myrecipes.com/recipes/recipefinder.dyn?action=displayRecipe&recipe_id=10000000833319
Cafe Du Monde beignet mix is sold in most groceries around the country. You could do a big batch of beignets if you're up for frying.My favorite foods that make me think of Mardi Gras are grilliades and grits (served at every mardi gras ball I've been to!) muffalettas are awesome, especially minis you can make for a crowd.You can always do jambalaya or beans, but thats too easy.
Shrimp Creole is gorgeous and easy! http://therunawayspoon.com/blog/2010/02/shrimp-creole/
I was going to suggest beignets! Oh, and crawfish etouffee. Yum!
Crawfish etouffee! This is a shrimp etouffee recipe that I substituted crawfish. I've also done it with shrimp which is also fantastic in case you can't find crawfish.http://squirrelbread.wordpress.com/2009/09/12/check-those-ratings/
what is that in the picture with the yellow green and purple topping?
Kings Cajun Red Bean Soup Mix in the dried beans section of your grocery store from Trinidad Bean co.
cook in crock pot, Mash up a cup of beans after cooking add cut smoked sausage cook for 30 minutes more pour over a plate of rice. Best red beans and rice ever!
Gumbo, gumbo, gumbo. If you really want a showstopper, seafood gumbo made with a leathery brown roux and with as many oysters, shrimp, and as much crabmeat as your pocketbook can afford. Served with rice, file powder, and cayenne at the table.
grillades and grits is a good suggestion, shrimp and grits would be even easier (and you can pre-cook the shrimp in the oven to prevent the house from smelling of shrimp). I'd skip the beignets, they're only good when they are fresh out the kitchen, your friend might end up serving hardened or soggy beignets that would only get her talked about at next year's party.Cooking Light also has a cornbread recipe with scallions, bacon, and maple syrup. If cooked in a mini muffin tin, that'd make a great hors d'ouvres. my whole family, from East Feliciana parish, loves it.
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