The Mardi Gras spirit arrived this year via our guest from New Orleans. To welcome hisvisit, we cooked up a real Louisiana feast for six. We decorated with masks, beads, feathers, coins and flowers. All in the traditional Mardi Gras colors of purple, gold and green. Was he surprised!
Karen made her famous Chicken and Shrimp Jambalaya with the help of “Chef Paul Prudhomme’s Louisiana Kitchen Cookbook”. This book is a valuable tool when cooking Louisiana soul food. It was a challenge finding all the traditional ingredients locally. Our guest had made the andouille sausages one of the key ingredients and given them to Karen and her husband as a Christmas present. This made the dish special for the occasion and delicious.
The evening began with Sazerac cocktails made and served by our guest. Creole shrimp deviled eggs and oysters en brochette were served as appetizers. A green salad of Satsuma’s, roasted beets, candied pecans with honey vinaigrette awaited us as we took our places for dinner. Stories of New Orleans at Mardi Gras time were the main topic of our dinner conversation.
Everyone was anxious as our big plates of Jambalaya topped with creole sauce came to the table. Delicious and spicy! We ate slowly and enjoyed every mouthwatering bite.
Flaming Café Burlot Diabolique, a devilish burning brandy with coffee, was welcomed before dessert. It us usually served in small tall cups with saucers that have a devil on the side.The cups were purchased from Adler’s, a fine jewelry and gift shop on Canal Street in New Orleans. This coffee drink took the edge off a very rich and filling dinner.
A King Cake was the festive finale. Our guest shared with us that each year his mother sends him a King Cake for his January birthday. So serving him the King Cake Terre had made in his honor was with some hesitation. As we took our first bites and discussed the tradition of King Cakes, he mentioned that the cake was as good as any he had eaten. It was such a great way to end our wonderful evening.
Adler’s 722 Canal Street New Orleans, Louisiana 504.523.5292