Way down yonder in New Orleans…it’s Jazz Festival time! Over its 50 year run (so far) it has grown to be a world renown celebration of Louisiana and New Orleans Culture, rivaling Mardi Gras in popularity. The music is culturally diverse and plentiful, but do not overlook the food. Long recognized as the most popular Jazz Fest nosh is succulent crawfish tails smothered in a rich and spicy cream sauce and blended with pasta. Crawfish Monica was developed in 1981 by a local pasta maker to help sell pasta. Now it’s a Jazz Fest tradition. To get a real taste of the Jazz Fest, all you have to do is try some Crawfish Monica. Here’s my no-angst recipe for this New Orleans tradition.
Crawfish is a unique ambassador of Louisiana. These little crustaceans that resemble tiny lobsters, produce sweet tail meat that is the delight and star in many Cajun and Creole creations. You haven’t experienced the best of South Louisiana until you’ve had some crawfish.
White Beans and Rice is a staple comfort food in South Louisiana. It doesn’t get the press that it’s city cousin, Red Beans and Rice, gets but ask any Native of South Louisiana and they’ll tell you how wonderful a plate of white beans can be. Usually simmered with sausage or ham, the mild beans soak up the flavor from the seasonings with which they are cooked. This recipe adds a twist…white beans slowly simmered in a savory stock with seasoned shrimp and a special flavor enhancer. I can just imagine some Cajun shrimpers out on the trawl with a big pot of white beans in the galley and a bunch of fresh shrimp they just hauled in-why not peel some and throw them in the bean pot?? Delicious! Give Sweet Daddy D’s flavorful, no-angst recipe for Cajun White Beans with Shrimp a try…now that’s some simple Cajun comfort food! Continue reading “How to Make Cajun White Beans with Shrimp”