This year I made my all time fav gumbo ze herbes and a king cake!
The gumbo is absolutely quick to prepare!
Pour 1 Tbsp olive oil into a skillet, and add
1/2 pound chopped skinless, boneless chicken breasts
1/4 pound thinly slice andouille sausage
1 Tbsp minced garlic
Heat oil in a medium skillet over medium high heat. Cook chicken until no longer pink and juices run clear. Stir in sausage, cook until evenly browned, add the minced garlic, and do a quick saute. Drain chicken and sausage, and set aside.
In a dutch oven combine
1/4 cup olive oil
1 cup all-purpose flour
Whisk thoroughly to create a roux. Gradually stir in 6 cups of chicken broth and 6 ounces Abita Turbodog beer into the roux mixture.
Bring to a boil, and mix in 3 stalks sliced celery, 1 diced bell pepper, 2 diced roma tomatoes, 1/2 sweet onion (diced) , and 2 Tbsp Cajun seasoning. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer about 40 minutes, stirring often.
Mix chicken, sausage, and 1/2 pound peeled & deveined shrimp into the broth mixture. Cook, stirring frequently, about 20 minutes. Serve in bowls topped w/ a scoopful of cooked rice.
Time for dessert!!! King Cake!!!!
Anyone who's ever celebrated Mardi Gras knows that King Cake is a MUST have for a truly authentic Mardi Gras party.
1/2 cup milk warmed to 110°
2 tablespoons butter
1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
1/3 cup warm water (110 °
1/4 cup white sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a damp cloth or plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 2 hours. When risen, punch down and roll into a rectangular shape.
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/3 cup chopped toasted pecans
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup melted butter
2 Tbsp four roses bourbon
Mix together until crumbly. Spread over the dough
With scissors make cuts 1/3 of the way through the rings at 1 inch intervals. Let rise in a warm spot until doubled in size, about 45 minutes. (The picture above is before it has risen).
Set oven to 375° Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes. Once cake has cooked, flip cake over and push the plastic baby into the bottom of the cake. Frost while warm.
Vanilla Butter Bourbon Glaze (OMG YUM!)
1 3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
3 Tbsp Four Roses Bourbon
1 Tbsp milk
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 Tbsp butter, melted