Appetizers

Filling

  • 1/4 cup Louisiana popcorn rice
  • 1 pound pork shoulder, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/4 pound duck livers, cleaned of veins and fat
  • 1 onion, small dice
  • 5 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon fresh sage, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh chives, snipped
  • 1 bunch green onion, finely sliced
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • black pepper, to taste

Dough

  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk

Country-Style Meat Pies

Country-Style Meat Pies

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Course: 
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 cups fresh ripe tomatoes, cored and seeded, diced
  • 2 tablespoons diced red bell pepper
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil, in all
  • juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons minced shallots
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced anchovy (optional)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil 
  • 15 1/2-inch slices Italian loaf bread
  • 15 thin slices of cappacolla
  • Balsamic reduction, for serving (recipe follows)

Note: Shown without the coppacolla

Tomato Basil Bruschetta

Tomato Basil Bruschetta

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Pound Cake

  • 2 cups corn flour
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 7 whole eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • 3/4 pound butter (melted)
  • 3/4 tablespoon baking powder

Port Salut Icing

  • 1/2 quart heavy cream
  • 1/2 quart half and half
  • 1/4 ounce fresh thyme
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 shallot diced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 6 ounces port salut cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon butter
  • 2 ounces brandy
  • 8 ounces crab meat
  • salt and pepper to taste

Pepper Sprinkles

  • 1 green bell pepper, very small diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, very small diced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, very small diced

Crab Pound Cake

Crab Pound Cake

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Course: 
  • 2 sticks (16 tablespoons) butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons chopped garlic
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper, more or less to taste
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • Pinch of Cajun or Creole seasoning
  • 2 to 4 dashes Louisiana-style hot sauce
  • Pinch of paprika
  • 1 pound Louisiana crab fingers
  • 1/2 cup Abita Amber beer
 
Course: 
  • 3 cups diced Creole tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped basil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp chopped thyme
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • salt and black pepper, to taste
  • granulated garlic, to taste
  • 25 basil leaves
  • 25 French bread croutons

 

Chef's note: “I first discovered this old-world delicacy while having lunch with Father John Lacari, a wonderful Italian priest, who brought this dish here from Italy. Although simple to produce, the flavors are indescribable. Try it not only as an hors d'oeuvre, but also as the perfect garnish to any Italian or Southwest dish.”

Pansanella

 

Course: 
  • 6-12 freshly shucked Louisiana oysters
  • 6 slices of jalapeno
  • 2 slices of bacon, cooked and sliced in 1 inch strips
  • 6 oz cocktail sauce
  • 3 oz shredded mozzarella cheese

Cocktail sauce for the order of 6:

  • 4 oz. ketchup
  • 1 T. finely chopped celery
  • 1 ½ T. horseradish
  • ½ T. lemon juice
  • Dash Worcestershire sauce
     
 
  • 1 pound jumbo lump crabmeat, picked over for shells
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup panko
  • ¼ cup finely chopped green onions
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh chives
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons salt, plus more for seasoning breading
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne
  • ¾ teaspoon ground white pepper
  • ½ cup flour
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 cup fine dry breadcrumbs
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • 1 cup Crème Fraiche
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons yellow mustard seeds
  • ½ cup bread and butter pickles, roughly chopped, for garnish
  • ½ cup pickled onions, roughly chopped, for garnish

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Shrimp:

  • 24 Jumbo Louisiana shrimp, heads on
  • 1 ¼ cups virgin olive oil
  • 8 cloves fresh garlic, sliced thin
  • 1/3 cup chopped green onions
  • 4 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 2 cups white wine
  • ¼ cup Italian seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons blackening seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons lemon pepper
  • ¼ cup fresh basil
  • ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 3-4 lemons, juiced

Fried Creole Tomatoes:

  • 6 sliced Creole tomatoes
  • 2 cups milk
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups Italian breadcrumbs
  • Oil for frying

 

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