Make any bread recipe, then fold in cooked crawfish tails with Maison Louisianne Creole Shut-My-Mouth Spices, or cooked andouille sausage with Maison Louisianne Creole Shut-My-Mouth Spices and cheese. Before baking, sprinkle our Maison Louisianne Creole Shut-My-Mouth Spices on top, then bake as required!
12 - 14 purple potatoes (usually medium to small type)
Boil Potatoes and Garlic until done. Garlic will be soft. Mix in with Potatoes when mashing. Blend in above ingredients. Add Salt to taste. Serves 6-8
Heat the butter in a heavy saucepan. Salt and pepper the turkey breasts, and add them to the skillet. Allow them to turn golden brown, about 5 minutes per side. Pour the Madera, cover the saucepan, and let it simmer under a low flame for 5 minutes. After simmering, add to the saucepan the sliced mushrooms. Allow them to cook while stirring. Add the cream. Allow the mix to reduce. Once reduced, take the pan off the fire, mix in the Maison Louisianne Creole Mustard. Cover the breast with the sauce, sprinkle on the parsley, and serve hot over a bed of rice. Serves 4. Enjoy!
1 lb. Black-Eyed Peas
1 pound very lean ground beef, veal, or chicken
Combine all above ingredients in a bowl. Mix lightly with fork until blended. Grease 9 x 9 x 2 inch glass baking pan. Place meat mixture in pan and shape into a 9 inch loaf. Bake in a preheated oven at 375 degrees for 40 minutes.
15 ounce can salt-reduced stewed tomatoes
Coarsely chop tomatoes and place in saucepan with cornstarch or potato starch. Heat 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly, until shiny and thickened. Sprinkle mushrooms over baked meat loaf. Spoon Creole Sauce mixture over mushrooms and return meat loaf to oven. Bake for 15 additional minutes.
Serving: Place sliced meat loaf on platter, top with sauce and mushrooms. Serve with baked potato and steamed broccoli spears.
3/4 cup bacon fat
Melt bacon fat. Add flour, and stir constantly over medium heat until dark brown, taking care not to burn. This takes 30 minutes. If mixture smells liked burned bacon, throw away and begin again. Lower heat and add okra, green pepper, celery, onions, and garlic. sauté until onions are soft. Add stock, tomato paste, seasonings, and bouillon cubes. Correct seasonings. Simmer for 2 hours. Add chicken, turkey, and or shrimp 15 minutes before serving. Add Tobasco to taste. Freezes well.
Yields 5-6 quarts.
1 1/2 pounds smoked
German sausage, cut into 1/4 inch slices
Brown meat in a heavy iron skillet and remove. Pour off and set aside meat and all but 3 tablespoons oil. Add flour to oil in skillet. Stirring constantly, brown flour to a dark roux over very low heat. This takes about 30 minutes. Add the onions, green onions, bell pepper, celery, thyme, parsley, and garlic, and cook until soft. Add meat, tomatoes, and water. Season to taste with salt and Maison Louisianne Creole Spices.
Jambalaya can be made a day or two in advance. To serve, bring jambalaya to a boil, add rice, cover, and lower heat to simmer. Cook for about one hour. When rice is done, add shrimp and toss until they turn pink.
Serves 8 happy folk.
16 jumbo prawns, peeled and de-veined
Lay the peeled prawns on a plate; salt and pepper lightly on both sides. Melt the butter in a large sauté pan over medium heat.
Stir in Maison Louisianne Creole Pepper Sauce; add prawns. Cook 2 minutes. The prawns will curl and begin to turn opaque. Flip the prawns and add the lemon juice. Continue cooking for another 2 minutes.
Place prawns on a bed of rice* on either individual plates or a large serving platter. Return the sauce to heat to reduce for 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat and drizzle over prawns and rice. Garnish with chopped parsley. Serve.
Serves 4. Approximate preparation time: 20 minutes.
*These prawns are best served over basmati or texmati rice, prepared simply without spices. My absolute favorite rice is a boxed rice: Konriko Wild Pecan Rice. Use this if you can find it.
1 good quality large sized chicken (free range is best)
Remove giblets from chicken cavity and rinse chicken thoroughly. Pat dry. Prepare clay pot for cooking as per instructions (usually a 15 minute water soaking).
Work marinade under entire chicken skin; place chicken in clay pot. Pour remaining Maison Louisiane Creole Marinade over chicken and into the pot. Arrange vegetables around chicken. I like to put as many carrots as possible into chicken cavity.
Cook at 350 F for approximately 1 hour (or follow recommended chicken cooking times on clay pot instructions)
Remove from clay pot; arrange vegetables and chicken on serving platter and enjoy. The chicken may fall apart; don't worry; it'll taste great.
Note: Clay pots are widely available and inexpensive. The Swiss version - Romertof - is available at Williams Sonoma, Whole Earth Access, and in the kitchen sections of virtually all major department stores.
For Thanksgiving, we presented the classic Creole Roast Turkey recipe. This recipe is best combined with the Oyster Stuffing recipe, found in Chapter Two, or with the Onion Stuffing, presented here.
``The boned turkey is the triumph of New Orleans cuisine when serving cold turkey. No great reception or buffet luncheon is complete without it. It is the standing dish on New Year's day, when the Creole ladies receive their gentlemen friends, and, on occasions of marriages in the family, every father will insist that there shall be a boned turkey for the wedding feast." Picayune's Creole Cookbook, 1901
Count 3/4 to one pound of turkey per person for turkeys under 12 pounds, 1/2 to 3/4 pound per person for larger birds. Avoid toms (male turkeys). Buy a Grade A bird. For the best flavor, let it defrost slowly in the refrigerator, it the plastic, over 3-5 days. Alternatively, put the frozen turkey in a sink full of cold water, keeping the bird in the plastic bag, and change the water several times.
Prepare the Oyster Stuffing (but do not stuff the bird with it, cook the bird without stuffing) or stuff the turkey with the Onion Stuffing, but only 3/4 full, as stuffing expands. Use skewers to close the skin. Turn the wings back under the body of the turkey. Rub the bird with butter, and place it in a lightly greased baking pan. Bake the turkey at 300 degrees for a bird weighing less than 15 pounds, 325 degrees for birds over 15 pounds. Count 20 minutes per pound of cooking time for the stuffed bird, 15 minutes per pound for the unstuffed bird. Baste bird every 10-15 minutes with it's own drippings.
Remove the bird from the oven, serve it on a hot platter, and garnish with parsley.
1 pint of stale bread, wet and squeezed thoroughly
Mix all the ingredients together, fry in some butter, and stuff the turkey!
8 inch pie shell
Cream the butter and brown sugar. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Stir in the pecans, vanilla, syrup, and salt. Fill the pie shell with this mixture. Spread pecan halves on the top. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes.
3 slices bacon
In a saucepan, melt butter and stir in the flour; when bubbly add the milk, stirring constantly. Cook, continuing to stir, until steaming hot; then add the corn mixture. Mix well and season to taste with salt, pepper, and Maison Louisianne Creole Pepper Sauce. Cook and stir for 15 minutes. Enjoy!
Dear Chef Reese;
I am looking for a recipe for Creole stuffed bread and turkey dressing. Thank you for your time and attention.
The Creoles claim that oysters, eggs, chestnuts, or truffles are the only elegant dressings for poultry or game.
For a 15 pound turkey:
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
Combine Parmesan cheese, flour, and seasonings. Dip catfish in milk and then coat with the cheese mixture. Place in baking dish. Pour butter over catfish and bake at 400 F (200 C) until golden brown and fish flakes when tested with a fork, approx. 15-20 minutes. Serve with corn bread and melon. Serves 8.
The channel catfish is the main commercial species of the many freshwater catfish species. About 80% of the domestic catfish harvest is from the Mississippi, where catfish is raised in 70,000 acre ponds. Fresh farm-raised catfish is available year-round. The peak harvesting season is from late summer to late fall. Catfish is excellent baked, broiled, stuffed, barbecued, sautéed, and steamed, especially with our Creole Spices!
1 pound swordfish (or other firm white-fleshed fish) cut into 1 inch (2.5 cm) chunks
1-2 large green peppers, parboiled, cut into large pieces
Place swordfish chunks in marinade pan. Drain pineapple and reserve the 3 tablespoons of juice. Set pineapple chunks aside. Make marinade by combining reserved juice, soy sauce, sherry, ginger, Maison Louisianne Creole Mustard, garlic, brown sugar, and oil. Stir well and pour over swordfish. Cover and marinate in refrigerator for 1 hour, turning once. Using bamboo or metal skewers, make kabobs by alternating pineapple, green pepper, and swordfish: set aside. Place on lightly oiled grill 4-5 inches (10-12 cm) from hot coals and cook 4-5 minutes or until swordfish flakes when tested with a fork. The kabobs may be broiled in the oven. Serve with pasta salad and fresh fruit.
Your guests can be creative and helpful at dinner by making their own kabobs!
2 cups Maison
Louisianne Creole Shut-My-Mouth Marinade
Cut celery, carrots and green onions into 1" pieces. Remove strings from green beans. Cut beans into 1" pieces. Place celery, carrots, green beans, green pepper and cauliflower in Dutch oven with 2 cups Maison Louisianne Creole Shut-My-Mouth Marinade. Bring to boil. Cover and simmer 5-6 min. Add green onions, drained garbanzos and olives. Simmer 3 min. Remove from heat. Transfer to bowl. Cover. Chill at least 8 hrs. Serve over lettuce. Serves 6-8.
1 pound red beans
Soak the beans overnight in water to cover. (Soaking is not essential -- unsoaked beans simply take longer to cook. )
If you are using tasso or ham, cut it into 1/2 inch dice. If you are using sausage, slice them 1/2 inch thick.
Place the beans in a Dutch oven or other large pot and add water to cover by about 2 inches. Bring to a boil. Add the onions, bell pepper, meat, Maison Louisianne Creole Spices, salt and peppers. Reduce the heat to medium and let simmer, stirring occasionally, until the beans are tender. Soaked beans will take 1 to 1 1/2 hrs., unsoaked beans take up to 3 hours. If the mixture begins to dry out, add more water.
When the beans are tender, remove 2-3 cups of the beans, mash them with a fork, and return them to the pot. This makes a thick gravy-base for the beans. If there still seems to be a lot of liquid in the pot, mash another couple of cups of beans the same way. Stir in the green onions and parsley. Serve over rice.
Serves 6-8 as a main course, 10-12 as a side dish.
3/4 cups mayonnaise
In bowl, mix mayonnaise and Maison Louisianne Creole Mustard until blended. Cover and refrigerate at least 30 minutes. In another bowl, gently toss tomato and onion slices in Maison Louisianne Creole Marinade to coat. Cover for 30 minutes, then drain excess liquid. Shake Maison Louisianne Creole Spices onto both sides of each meat patty to taste. Like it hot? Shake-A-Lot! Broil, grill, or BBQ burger to your liking. Top each burger with a slice of cheese to melt. Spread 1 tablespoon of Maison Louisianne Creole Mustard-mayonnaise mixture on each half of buns or rolls. Assemble correctly: Bun, patty with cheese, 2 tomato slices, 2 onion slices, and bun!
1 medium onion
Mix together one jar of Maison Louisianne Creole Mustard, with lemon juice and 1/2 cup finely chopped celery.
3 cups finely chopped white onions (about 3 large onions)
Mix all chopped vegetables together. Add Maison Louisianne Creole Mustard. Mix well. Add paprika, then olive oil, salt and pepper to taste. Add a little lemon juice and vinegar to taste. Makes about 2 quarts of sauce. Sauce can be made in advance and keeps very well for several days.
I call those stuffed crawfish heads Puppies. At PJ's, I use left over corn bread, bell peppers, celery, GREEN onions (The Holy Trinity), my Maison Louisianne Creole Spices, Tabasco, and lemon juice. Stuff the CLEANED heads and bake @ 550 F, 5 min. Then put 2 or 3 on a plate of crawfish etouffée.
1 cup plain yogurt
Mix yogurt and Maison Louisianne Creole Mustard. Add white wine vinegar. Stir well.
1 oz. apple cider or apple juice
Mix all ingredients in one jar. The taste is enhanced with age. Keep refrigerated.
Cut baguette in slices. Brush on melted butter. Sprinkle chopped parmesan, garlic, and Maison Louisianne "Shut My Mouth" Spices. Broil 3-4 minutes and serve.
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