We all want a nice, golden brown and juicy turkey for the holiday table. The entrance of the roasted or smoked turkey, sitting proudly on the platter, always gets everyone’s attention. It’s placed on the table to everyone’s awe…the chef is praying that it’s not just pretty, but that its cooked perfectly-not overcooked or under-cooked, but juicy and melt in your mouth. No pressure, right? Here’s Sweet Daddy D’s no-angst way to prepare Herb Roasted Turkey, starting with a dry brine to keep it moist and using fresh herbs and lots of butter for an unforgettable flavor.
Dirty Rice, the traditional Cajun/Creole favorite combines browned meats and chicken livers with the trinity (onions, green peppers and celery), Cajun/Creole spices and cooked white rice. It’s very similar to Rice Dressing but Dirty Rice is “dirty”-describing the appearance of the rice after it has been mixed with the browned meats and the chicken liver, which isn’t an ingredient in Rice Dressing. Dirty Rice is too bold and delicious to call it merely a side dish-it’s a very popular accompaniment with meats, fowl and seafood. A version of this dish, and there are endless versions, will always be found at family gatherings and holiday celebrations in South Louisiana, here’s how to make Sweet Daddy D’s Cajun Dirty Rice.
Mirlitons-the wrinkly green vegetable, found in family gardens and farmers markets all over South Louisiana, commonly finds there way to the dinner table and restaurant menus, particularity in the fall. My favorite is this Sweet Daddy D’s Mirliton and Crab Bisque. The mirliton’s mild flavor is a perfect companion for the succulent and rich crab meat and unique spice blend of nutmeg, allspice and cardamom. Great as an appetizer or the main course, served with crisp french bread and a green salad. Let’s take a look at this no-angst recipe.