Apps, Snacks, & Bevs
APPETIZERS & SNACKS
Artichoke Squares/Crab Artichoke Squares
And The Courir de Mardi Gras (Cajun Mardi Gras)
Aubergine & Parsley Pesto
from Yotam Ottolenghi
Baked Feta w/ Homemade Pita Bread
from Tessa Kiros' Food From Many Greek Kitchens, both incredible
Broccoli & Blue Cheese Pie
Fantastic! From Yotam Ottolenghi
Bruschetta w/ Fontina & Greens
Garlicky, spicy, cheesy
Cheese & Nut Spread, aka Mom's Cheeseball
Sharp cheddar and green onions are a great combo
Corn Maque Chou Dip
A traditional Cajun side turned into a dip
Crab Au Gratin Pizza
If it's good by itself, it's better on bread.
from Donna Hay
Also good for finger sandwiches & pinwheels
Sweet crab w/ roasted red peppers, green onion, and sharp cheddar
One of my favorite appetizers
A real treat
Easy, Creamy Shrimp & Roasted Pepper Puffs
What's better than shrimp? Shrimp in puff pastry.
Fresh Red Chutney w/ Almonds
From Madhur Jaffrey. Very good w/ beef kebabs.
Fried Mozzarella Sticks
Stay at home--these are better than driv-thru
Giant Pretzels w/ Jalapeno Cheese Sauce
Even without the cheese sauce, these soft buttery pretzels are awesome
Greek Herb Spread
Full of herbs and a couple of surprises
One word: yum.
Grilled Eggplant Slices with Yogurt Sauce
From Madhur Jaffrey. A little bit spicy, a little bit funky.
Hot Olive Cheese Puffs
Salty and cheesy. These little puffs are addictive.
From Rick Bayless. My favorite salsa.
Mardi Gras Croquembouche
A tower of cream puffs, a Mardi Gras Waltz, and the Courir de Mardi Gras.
With 3 dipping sauces.
A fun twist for parties.
Great for Mardi Gras and football.
Mushroom, Jalapeno, & Cilantro Salsa
From the Muy Bueno Cookbook. Even mushroom haters like this.
Okra Fritters w/ Creamy Remoulade Sauce
Inspired by Yotam Ottolenghi w/ a Louisiana twist
Peanut Chutney with Sesame Seeds
from Madhur Jaffrey--liked this with carrot sticks.
Pecorino Romano with Apples and Fig Jam
On crostini--a unique appetizer
Potatoes with Mexican Sausage
Try this. Now. Ready? Go!
Puff Pizzas w/ Collard Greens
Grown-up pizza that can serve as an appetizer or main dish.
Queso Fundido con Hongos y Chile Chipotle
from Rick Bayless
Roasted Cheese Filled Banana Peppers
Creamy, herby cheese filling in roasted peppers.
Fun to make. Fun to eat.
Roasted Poblano & Corn Dip
Good for game day
Roasted Red Pepper & Cumin Quesadillas
Grown up quesadillas
Shrimp Creole Calas
Rice fritters with Shrimp Creole flair
Shrimp Salad Stuffed Tomatoes
Ripe summer tomatoes stuffed with shrimp, crab, or crawfish salad
Shrimp in Spicy Garlic Sauce
Garlicky, spicy, and shrimpy. Good eatin'!
From Marcelle Bienvenu and a Mardi Gras Parade
A great use for an abundance of home-grown tomatoes
Sweet Potato Cakes
From Yotam Ottolenghi. Crisp on the outside, creamy on the inside. With a great dipping sauce.
Thyme Griddled Mushrooms
From Jamie Oliver
Trail Mix Biscotti
Biscotti with my favorite trail mix combo: dried cranberries, pecans, dark chocolate
"Un"pickled because I'm a wimp
Who Dat Hot Wings
Made with a special Who Dat sauce.
Yogurt Dip for Fruit Skewers
Because everybody loves food on a stick!
From Rick Bayless.
Black Beauty Smoothie
My favorite fruits: blueberries & blackberries.
Blueberry Oatmeal Smoothie
Filling and pretty.
Canialle Bleu Cocktail (Sneaky Blue Cocktail)
This one'll get ya.
Cantaloupe, Honey, and Vanilla Smoothie
Breakfast or dessert
One of my favorite drinks.
A simple 3 ingredient drink.
Easy Masala Chai (Indian Spiced Tea)
from Madhur Jaffrey.
Gerry's Favorite Punch
Sweet and tart, and a family favorite.
Grandma Buhler's Eggnog
A New Year's Eve family tradition
Hot Buttered Spiced Rum
Made with Bayou Spiced Rum
Kentucky Iced Tea
Nothing tea about it
King Cake and Coffee Cocktail
Made with King Cake Vodka--perfect for Mardi Gras
part of an Eggland's Best Brunch
Lemon Drop Martini
Perfect for summer--like adult lemonade
Add bourbon or brandy--pick your poison
Peanut Butter, Banana, and Chocolate Smoothies
Part breakfast, part dessert.
Praline Pecan Milkshake
Made with Praline Pecan Liqueur
Jamie Oliver's Strawberry Champagne turned into Cherry Champagne...and a chocolate-cherry wine
Spiced Americano w/ Cinnamon Whipped Cream
A decadent coffee from Giada
Snakebite (beer cocktail)
And some blues
Voodoo Bourbon Slush
Great for Mardi Gras, Jazz brunches, tailgating, and Super Bowl XLIV
Winter Fruit Salad
With a super easy dressing