Top Ten Non-Seafood Recipes of the Year
Dec 18, 2013
|This diverse list of recipes that do no feature Louisiana seafood as a main ingredient proves that, while seafood is important to our cuisine, we aren't niched. In the comments section below, let us know some of your favorites.|
Creole Dirty Rice
This is a standard on holiday tables in Louisiana; you'll find references to one form of "dirty" rice or another in all the old cookbooks. Substantial enough for an entrée, it's usually served as a side dish beside a pork roast or turkey.
Caribbean Pork Tenderloin
This is a light break from the holiday's heavier dishes. It can be accomplished under a broiler or on an outdoor grill; toast some rice in butter, cook in chicken broth instead of water, and stir in some chopped cilantro and green onions as a perfect side dish.
Best-Ever Mashed Potatoes
This recipe was first published just before Thanksgiving -- readers loved it. You can make it up to the point of putting it into the oven as far as three days in advance; bring it close to room temperature before baking. If you're not going to serve it with gravy, feel free to tart it up even further with bacon bits, cheese, and any other favorite baked potato topping.
Easy Chicken and Dumplings
This is a lighter (relatively speaking) version of an old classic. You use boneless, skinless chicken breasts, have the option of using boxed or homemade broth (you control the fat content) and you don't finish it off with cream. It's very tasty, without all the fat of a pot made with skin-on chicken parts and cream. Flavor indulgence without guilt.
John Besh's Grillades and Grits
From Chef John Besh's fantastic My Family Table cookbook, this is his take on another classic Louisiana dish. It makes a hearty breakfast or brunch centerpiece, but also a comforting supper on a cold night.
Chef Paul's Meatloaf
Everybody likes meatloaf -- first time around as dinner, then the next day for meatball sandwiches. This one is a classic mixture of beef and pork, spiced up a bit with Chef's Meat Magic and Magic Pepper Sauce.
This burger recipe first appeared in The Tabasco Cookbook. The burgers are cooked on top of the stove in a very hot cast iron skillet, and are topped with Worcerstershire, Tabasco, and, surprisingly, lemon juice. Delicious.
Spicy Chicken Wings
This easy recipe makes a fast weeknight dinner, is perfect for tail gating, or for having on hand to serve guests who are over the watch the Big Game (or games!) over the holidays.
Baked Macaroni and Cheese
This is a great Mac & Cheese recipe from Chef Martha Hall Foose. It's great as is, but over the holidays, if you have leftover ham or pork roast, chop up a couple of cups to add to the mixture. You'll have dinner on the table in 30 minutes.
Slow-Cooked Red Beans and Rice
This is a standard on Monday menus here in Louisiana, in restaurants and homes alike. It's not at all unusual to step outside Monday morning and to the scent of a pot of red beans simmering on someone's stove top. If you don't have the luxury of being at home all day to mind the pot, this crock pot version is perfect for you..