Creole Green Beans

smothered creole green beans served on a plate with green border
creole green beans smothering in cast iron dutch oven
Creole Green Beans
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Awesome Creole Green Beans...fresh green beans smothered with bacon, onions, tomatoes and seasoning in a rich stock and just a hint of Louisiana cane syrup sweetness. No-angst and packed with flavor, these will have ‘em coming back for more. This great side dish is guaranteed to go with any occasion and elevate any meal.
Servings Prep Time
8 Servings 15 Minutes
Cook Time Calories per Serving
1 3/4 Hours 123
Servings Prep Time
8 Servings 15 Minutes
Cook Time Calories per Serving
1 3/4 Hours 123
creole green beans smothering in cast iron dutch oven
Creole Green Beans
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Awesome Creole Green Beans...fresh green beans smothered with bacon, onions, tomatoes and seasoning in a rich stock and just a hint of Louisiana cane syrup sweetness. No-angst and packed with flavor, these will have ‘em coming back for more. This great side dish is guaranteed to go with any occasion and elevate any meal.
Servings Prep Time
8 Servings 15 Minutes
Cook Time Calories per Serving
1 3/4 Hours 123
Servings Prep Time
8 Servings 15 Minutes
Cook Time Calories per Serving
1 3/4 Hours 123
Here's What You Need
Here's What You Do
  1. Slice bacon into 1" pieces; rough chop the onions, smash, peel and rough chop the garlic. Measure out the stock, seasoning and cane syrup.
  2. Fry bacon over medium high heat until crispy and the fat has rendered.
  3. Add the onions and saute until starting to brown, about 10 minutes.
  4. Add the garlic and stir well until aromatic, about 2 minutes.
  5. Still over a medium high heat, add the green beans.
  6. Sauté, stirring frequently until the green beans are starting to have a slight char.
  7. Add the creole seasoning and salt and pepper, mix well.
  8. Mix in the tomatoes and mix well with the green beans.
  9. Add the chicken stock and the cane syrup and stir well to combine all the ingredients.
  10. Bring to a boil then lower heat to a simmer and cover.
  11. Simmer on low, covered for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
  12. After an hour, remove the cover, increase the heat to medium high and high simmer for 10 to 15 minutes until the sauce is slightly thickened.
Recipe Notes

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If you don't have Louisiana Cane Syrup you can substitute molasses. But try the real deal...get it here from Amazon!

 

 

 

 

I like fresh green beans for this, but frozen works really well also. I recommend keeping them whole!

Many commercial creole seasoning blends contain salt, as does commercial chicken stock. Make sure to give the green beans a taste before adding more salt.

Nutrition Facts
Creole Green Beans
Amount Per Serving
Calories 123 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.3g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 7mg 2%
Sodium 327mg 14%
Potassium 254mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 21g 7%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 11g
Protein 6g 12%
Vitamin A 15%
Vitamin C 45%
Calcium 6%
Iron 8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Crawfish Monica

Crwafish Monica on a white plate with green salad and french bread

Crawfish Monica, the most popular dish at the New Orleans Jazz Festival-succulent crawfish tails cooked in rich and spicy cream sauce, then tossed with pasta. It’s great with Rotini or Fusilli pasta but also goes well with Fettuccine or Farfalle. This is Sweet Daddy D’s version of the dish created in the early-1980’s which became a New Orleans classic in a short period of time. 

Crwafish Monica on a white plate with green salad and french bread
Crawfish Monica
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Crawfish Monica is succulent crawfish tails cooked in spices and a rich cream sauce then tossed with pasta. This is the most popular dish at the New Orleans Jazz Festival. Great with Rotini or Fusilli pasta but also goes well with Fettuccine or Farfalle. This dish was created in the early-1980's and has become a New Orleans classic in a short period of time. Try it with some warm and crispy french bread and a nice green salad.
Servings Prep Time
8 Servings 10 Minutes
Cook Time Calories per Serving
30 Minutes 588
Servings Prep Time
8 Servings 10 Minutes
Cook Time Calories per Serving
30 Minutes 588
Crwafish Monica on a white plate with green salad and french bread
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Crawfish Monica is succulent crawfish tails cooked in spices and a rich cream sauce then tossed with pasta. This is the most popular dish at the New Orleans Jazz Festival. Great with Rotini or Fusilli pasta but also goes well with Fettuccine or Farfalle. This dish was created in the early-1980's and has become a New Orleans classic in a short period of time. Try it with some warm and crispy french bread and a nice green salad.
Servings Prep Time
8 Servings 10 Minutes
Cook Time Calories per Serving
30 Minutes 588
Servings Prep Time
8 Servings 10 Minutes
Cook Time Calories per Serving
30 Minutes 588
Here's What You Need
Here's What You Do
  1. Cook the pasta to al denté according to the package direction.
  2. Reserve about 1/4 cup of the pasta cooking water before you drain the pasta. Drain but do not rinse, return the pasta to the pot, add the cooking liquid and about 2 tablespoons of olive oil and mix well. Set aside, covered to keep warm.
  3. In a large sauté pan, melt the butter over medium high heat until frothy.
  4. Add the yellow onions and saute until soft, about 8 to 10 minutes.
  5. Add the garlic and continue to saute until aromatic, about 2 minutes.
  6. Add the creole seasoning and cayenne (if using) and stir well. Saute another two or three minutes.
  7. Add the wine, bring to a heavy simmer and allow the wine to evaporate almost completely.
  8. Add the cream and lemon juice, stirring and shaking the pan until well blended.
  9. Simmer on low for a few minutes until it begins to slightly thicken.
  10. Add the crawfish tails a few at a time and stir well to blend completely.
  11. Allow the crawfish tails to only warm through, then add the green onions and parsley.
  12. Mix well and simmer about two minutes.
  13. Add in the cooked pasta a little at a time. Stir completely until all the pasta is coated with the sauce and the crawfish are distributed throughout. You may not use all the pasta because you want it to be creamy with a good coating of sauce over all the pasta.
  14. Stir in about 1/2 cup of the Parmesan cheese and mix well.
  15. Remove from the heat. When serving, sprinkle more parmesan cheese on top.
Recipe Notes

Great with Rotini or Fusilli pasta but also goes well with Fettuccine or Farfalle.

Louisiana Crawfish tails are the very best because they contain some sweet crawfish "fat" which adds a great depth of flavor. You can usually find them frozen at the seafood market or better grocery stores or online at Amazon.  If you have to use imported crawfish tails, I strongly suggest rinsing them before using. Often the imported crawfish will be slightly bitter unless rinsed.

Nutrition Facts
Crawfish Monica
Amount Per Serving
Calories 588 Calories from Fat 387
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 43g 66%
Saturated Fat 23g 115%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Cholesterol 279mg 93%
Sodium 627mg 26%
Potassium 168mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 2g
Protein 29g 58%
Vitamin A 46%
Vitamin C 18%
Calcium 24%
Iron 27%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Tomato Bacon Jam

tomato bacon jam in a silver bowl on platter with bread

Not sure what to bring to the dinner party? Whip up some of Sweet Daddy D’s Tomato Bacon Jam and grab a box of crackers.  It will be the talk of the party so be prepared to share the recipe.

Just simmer your favorite ripe tomatoes with some smoked bacon and sweet onions. Add in some sweet and savory flavors with brown sugar, lemon and cider vinegar.  Reduce it down until it slightly thickens and you’ve got a world-class appetizer or a super-charged condiment.  The whole thing will be done in an hour, including peeling the tomatoes and prepping all the ingredients.  It’s not only a great appetizer but add it to your favorite sandwich or a burger and its a game changer. And wait until you taste what it can do for a hot dog!

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Tomato Bacon Jam
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Tomato Bacon Jam-not only is this a fabulous appetizer that you'll be proud to serve your guests or bring to any party, its also a terrific condiment that brightens up any sandwich or burger. Sweet, smoky flavors round out the intensity of the tomatoes and onions in this super delicious condiment fit for a special occasion or just a family cookout! Try some on your favorite sandwich, burger or hot dog or just spread some on a cracker or toast-unbelievably flavorful.
Servings Prep Time
2 Cups 20 Minutes
Cook Time Calories per Serving
35 Minutes 21
Servings Prep Time
2 Cups 20 Minutes
Cook Time Calories per Serving
35 Minutes 21
spreading tomato bacon jam on a cracker with a spoon
Tomato Bacon Jam
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Tomato Bacon Jam-not only is this a fabulous appetizer that you'll be proud to serve your guests or bring to any party, its also a terrific condiment that brightens up any sandwich or burger. Sweet, smoky flavors round out the intensity of the tomatoes and onions in this super delicious condiment fit for a special occasion or just a family cookout! Try some on your favorite sandwich, burger or hot dog or just spread some on a cracker or toast-unbelievably flavorful.
Servings Prep Time
2 Cups 20 Minutes
Cook Time Calories per Serving
35 Minutes 21
Servings Prep Time
2 Cups 20 Minutes
Cook Time Calories per Serving
35 Minutes 21
Here's What You Need
Here's What You Do
  1. Bring about 8 cups of water to a heavy boil.
  2. Make a crosshatch on the stem end of each tomato with a sharp knife and immerse in the boiling water for about 1 to 2 minutes after it returns to a boil. Remove to a bowl of ice and water to stop the cooking for about 5 minutes.
  3. Remove the peeling and cut out the stem core, then rough chop the tomatoes.
  4. Place the chopped tomatoes in a bowl to accumulate the liquid.
  5. Chop the onions, zest and squeeze the lemon and measure the remaining ingredients.
  6. Slice the bacon crossways into small strips, about ⅛ to ¼ inch.
  7. Starting in a cold cast iron frying pan, fry the bacon over medium heat until the fat has been rendered, stirring often so that it does not scorch. About 5 minutes.
  8. Leaving the bacon in the pan and the heat at medium, add the onions and saute until beginning to caramelize. Make sure to stir often so the onions do not scorch. About 15 minutes.
  9. Add the lemon zest, lemon juice, vinegar and brown sugar and stir well.
  10. Increase the heat to high and add the tomatoes, juice from the tomatoes and a pinch of kosher salt and stir well to combine all the ingredients.
  11. Bring the mixture to a high simmer, then reduce the heat to medium.
  12. Stir often and smash some of the bigger tomato pieces as you go.
  13. Continue on a low simmer for about 15 to 20 minutes, uncovered, until the liquid has mostly evaporated and the mixture is beginning to thicken.
  14. Remove from the heat and allow to cool about 10 to 15 minutes. The mixture will thicken some more as it cools.
  15. This can be served cold or warm over crackers or toast and makes a wonderful condiment for sandwiches, burgers or hotdogs.
  16. Yields about 2 cups.
Recipe Notes

Ripe tomatoes are the key to this recipe, although the variety does not matter so much.  Roma tomatoes are very good in this and are available most of the year. Plum tomatoes are also good, as are Creole Tomatoes when they are available. Use your favorite!

It's important to use a moderate to low heat for most of this recipe, Drawing the sugars out slowly and reducing the tomatoes gradually intensifies the flavors.

Nutrition Facts
Tomato Bacon Jam
Amount Per Serving
Calories 21 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Saturated Fat 0.1g 1%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.0001g
Cholesterol 0.2mg 0%
Sodium 91mg 4%
Potassium 13mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0.1g 0%
Sugars 3g
Protein 0.5g 1%
Vitamin A 5%
Vitamin C 12%
Calcium 1%
Iron 1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.