Wednesday, February 17, 2010

More like Mari's Gras

This week Mari threw a creole inspired soup night for Mardi Gras.
It was très magnifique!

Stuffed Clams
Creole Shrimp Soup with fried okra
Beniegts with ice cream and caramel, raspberry or mango sauce

We made a pitcher, but here is the recipe for one glass

1 oz vodka
1/4 oz grenadine syrup
1 oz gin
1 oz light rum
1 oz amaretto almond liqueur
1 oz triple sec
grapefruit juice
pineapple juice

Pour all but the juices into a hurricane glass three-quarters filled with ice. Fill with equal parts of grapefruit and pineapple juice, and serve. Garnish with cherries and orange slices.

Stuffed Clams

Fried Okra

10 pods okra
1 egg, beaten
1 cup cornmeal
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 cup olive oil

In a small bowl, soak okra in egg for 5 to 10 minutes. In a medium bowl, combine cornmeal, salt, and pepper. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Coat okra in the cornmeal mixture. Carefully place okra in the hot oil. Reduce heat to medium when okra first starts to brown, and cook until golden. Dry on paper towels.

Creole Shrimp Soup

2 tablespoons olive oil
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 large onions, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 cups vegetable broth
1 (28-ounce) can whole tomatoes, in thick puree
Dash Worcestershire sauce
Dash hot sauce
2 bay leaves
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 pounds large shrimp, shelled and deveined
4 tablespoons green onions, sliced for garnish

Heat a large pot over medium heat. Add oil. Cook garlic, onions, celery, and green bell peppers until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in cayenne and let caramelize. Add vegetable broth, tomatoes, Worcestershire, hot sauce, and bay leaves. Season with salt and pepper. Simmer for 35 minutes. Add shrimp and cook about 4 more minutes, until they are opaque and cooked through. Garnish with green onions and fried okra.

Beniegts with ice cream and caramel, raspberry or mango sauce



Anand's pesto demo

Anand was kind enough to take some great detail pictures of the pesto process.

For a little extra pesto help follow the steps below.

2 cloves garlic
1 cup olive oil
handful of basil
1⁄2 cup parmesan
1⁄4 cup roasted walnuts

Step 1:  In a mini food processor combine basil and roasted walnuts.

Step 2:  Grate parmesan.

Step 3:  Add cheese.

Step 4:  Microwave olive oil and garlic for 1 minute.  Add to mixture.


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