Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler!!!!

New Orleans is one of my "bucket list" Locations To Visit.  While part of me would rather visit during a less crazy time, there is something intriguing about heading there for the biggest party of the year.
Since The Husband and I are both busy, especially on a week that begins for us on a Tuesday, we celebrated Mardi Gras on Monday - Lundi Gras!

Our appetizer was orange-glazed beets.  This is definitely an 11/10, and I was left wishing we had a LOT more beets.  The original recipe calls for canned beets, but I would recommend using fresh and roasting them in a bit of extra virgin olive oil to get that caramelization that only roasting can give you; it adds some amazing depth and texture.

Then... slow cooker red beans and rice.  I really liked this recipe - and The Husband went back for seconds!  WOO HOO!  I used a red onion, green red onions, and green garlic for the added veggies, but I definitely think that this is a recipe that's versatile, and I also think that next time I might add another tablespoon of Tony Chachere's (I think I may have accidentally inhaled too much of it - hello, runny nose!).

And finally, the pièce de résistance (hey, we're going with a French theme here) - the King Cake.
I used a dried kidney bean for the Cake Baby.  The thought of baking a piece of plastic into my cake kind of freaked me out.
HRH's favorite part was the colored sugar sprinkles, but I love that since this is a yeast-based cake, and one that really isn't too sweet (unless you drown it in the icing), I can use it for French toast or even a sandwich should I feel the urge.  I did use dried cranberries and apricots instead of the candied citron, and I used less nutmeg than called for but added a good deal of cinnamon for a flavor that both The Husband and I would like (HRH just likes cake in general; she wasn't going to complain).

Sadly, I didn't get any beignets or even Pazcki, but there's always next year.  Or later this week. :)

1 comment:

  1. I can be totally on-board with King Cake French Toast, as long as we can top it with more sprinkles and more frosting. Depraved? Yes. But more is more as far as any kind of sprinkles are concerned.