Yeah, so it’s pretty clear from the title of this post that I’m about a month late in getting around to it…
Garden & Gun
But it’s never too late for a beer-based beverage! Especially one that acts as a welcome substitute for a Bloody Mary when the summer is too sticky for tomato juice but you still need something to knock last night’s fog out.
The basic version of this drink is just lime juice and beer, but The Chef pointed me toward a Garden & Gun recipe that uses soy and Worcestershire, and my salt addiction rejoiced. (If you are not a sodium addict, you can control the amount by limiting the sauce additions.)
So if you like to drink anything bloody (Mary or Beer – this is not a vampire reference), try this out on Memorial Day. It’s an icy, refreshing change of pace. Ole!
1 beer (Mexican preferably, but anything without too strong a flavor will do)
2 limes, juiced
dash of soy sauce
dash of Worcestershire
dash of spices (like Tony’s)
- Run a lime wedge around your glass and rim with salt.
- Fill halfway with ice.
- Add all ingredients, saving beer for last.
- Stir and slurrrrrrrp. Salty goodness.
It is holiday season which means lots of family and friends entertaining. It is always nice to have an easy but tasty appetizer to either serve or bring to a dinner party. I love me some deviled eggs, and it is so simple to make. There are tons of recipes out there and different variations (I recommend trying Martha’s Avocado Deviled Eggs). I personally love straight forward mayo, mustard, egg style deviled eggs. Nothing fancy in this recipe! This one is courtesy of a good friend down in NOLA, Chef Anne. She served these one time, and I seriously think I ate a dozen. I made these last night, and Chef John and Claire (Mexican corn lover and daughter of the famous Peg from Peg’s Destin Shrimps) gave this recipe the the thumbs up!- ts
Chef Anne’s note: You can boil the eggs and make the mixture a few hours in advance, store it in the frdige, and then put it all together right before people are ready to eat them. Also, I use small eggs because they are more bite-size
1 dozen eggs
2 teaspoons dijon mustard (Zataran’s creole mustard is best)
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1 Tbsp minced shallot
dashes of hot sauce (perhaps Sriracha!)
Salt and pepper
Paprika and Green Onion for garnish
- Hard boil the eggs. Fill up a large saucepan half-way with water and gently add the eggs. Cover the eggs with at least an inch of water. Add a teaspoon of vinegar to the water. Add a pinch of salt to the water. Bring the water to a boil. Cover, and remove from heat. Let sit covered for 12-15 minutes. Drain hot water from pan and run cold water over the eggs. (At this point if you crack the egg shells while the eggs are cooling, it will make it easier to peel the shells.) Let sit in the cool water a few minutes, changing the water if necessary to keep it cool. If you kinda roll the eggs on the counter, the shells get all cracked and are a little easier to peel.
- Peel the eggs. Using a sharp knife, slice each egg in half, lengthwise. Gently remove the yolk halves and place in a small mixing bowl. (Egg yolks come out really easily, just kinda use a spoon and gently pop them out into the bowl). Arrange the egg white halves on a serving platter.
- Using a fork, mash up the yolks and add mustard, mayonnaise, shallot, tabasco, chopped green onions (same some for on top) and salt and pepper to taste. Spoon egg yolk mixture into the egg white halves. (You can also use like a cake decorator thing, but I just kinda wing it…) Sprinkle with paprika and chopped green onions.
Optional: add chopped herbs to the mixture
Wow we have really been neglecting our nummy site! To be honest, it is so hot down here in NOLA, new recipes have not been a priority. However, I am going to start making a much better effort!
Everyone loves a good spinach dip bread bowl and below is a mini version recipe so you don’t have to worry about germs or sharing with others. It is incredibly tasty and easy. I served these at a party recently along with Lacy’s (Grandmother Irene Tucker’s) Award-Winning Tomato Cups. You don’t really need to follow the directions for the spinach dip step by step and feel free to use your own spinach dip recipe. Season to your liking and enjoy! – ts
10 oz roll of refrigerated french bread loaf
2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 Cups baby spinach, coarsely chopped
1/2 onion diced
1 clove fresh garlic, minced
3 oz softened cream cheese
1/2 Cup light sour cream
fresh shredded parmesan cheese
2-3 cloves garlic finely chopped
salt and pepper
1/3 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
dashes Worcestershire sauce
dashes hot sauce
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 10 muffin cups with non stick cooking spray. Unroll package of french bread loaf and slice into 10 equal size slices, about 1 inch thick. Press each slice into about a 3 inch round, I did this by pressing in between my hands. Press into the bottom and up sides of the muffin cup. Set aside.
2. Heat oil in medium skillet over medium heat. Cook onions and 1/2 the garlic until soft. Then add and stir spinach until wilted, about 3 minutes then add rest of garlic, cook and stir for another couple of minutes then turn heat off.
3. Place cream cheese, sour cream, cooked onion spinach and garlic, Parmesan Cheese, and all seasonings into a medium bowl. Mix until well combined. With a medium cookie scoop, scoop dip into each of the centers of bread bowls. Top evenly with shredded cheese and bake for 15-17 minutes until just turning brown on edges. Remove and let cool for 3-5 minutes before removing from oven.
This is not a picture of the actual boat, but it gives you the gist. Pic coming post haste.
Whenever I mention this to The Chef, he looks slightly befuddled and a little grossed out (I think the term “boat” evokes images of cruise ships and buffet lines or something). In my ever-present quest to prove him wrong, I am making him breakfast for dinner tonight, and this is on the menu.
Big D has been making this for years, and it is always quickly devoured. My dad actually once delivered one to my cousin’s house, and her husband (who is kept on a tight-but-healthy regimen) answered the door. He ate the whole thing by himself as though it were an actual 1-person sized sandwich. That is hilariously fat to the adorable power.
1 package hot sausage
1 onion, diced
1 green pepper, diced
1 package mushrooms, sliced
2 cups Mexican cheese, shredded
1 tbsp Worcestershire
1 tbsp yellow mustard
1 loaf bakery bread, not sliced
hot sauce, salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat the oven to 350.
- Remove most of the bread from the inside of the loaf, leaving an inch or so around the outside (the crust and a little bit of bread cushion is the main event here, so as long as you leave those, you’re golden).
- Cook sausage, onion, pepper and mushrooms. Drain.
- Return to skillet and add Worcestershire, mustard and seasoning. Add cheese and mix. (This is yet another recipe like Big D’s Breakfast Casserole where the more you experiment, the better it gets. Different kinds of cheese, spices and veggies are super fun in here. Live a little.)
- Stuff “boat” with sausage mixture, cover with foil and bake just until crusty and heated through (20 minutes).
- Slice and scarf. And drop a slice by my cousin’s house.
Sidenote: If you have any leftover filling, it’s stupid good on chips, perhaps even mixed with a little cream cheese for dipping. I know, I KNOW, cream cheese/dip fixation. Work out your own issues first before you come at me, OK? You’re not my real dad anyway.
So okay, I don’t want to be a traitor to my generation and all (Clueless quote intended), but currently the North Carolina BBQ tradition is what’s flooding my Inbox. And until you Memphians step up your game or relinquish your sauce secrets, we’ll publish what’s being pushed, ya hear?
This is the sauce that goes with Lexington Pork Shoulder, and while I’m usually a Memphis BBQ purist, it sounds pretty darn good. Get mixy.
2.5 cups of cider vinegar
1/2 cup ketchup
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp hot sauce
4 tsp salt
4 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp white pepper
1.5 tbsp rub reserved from Lexington Pork Shoulder
- Mix all ingredients & serve. No heat required.
This is a recipe I remember fondly from my childhood. I’ve re-purposed it many times over the past few years for brunches, bachelorette parties, pre-Steeplechase breakfasts – it has been a staple at every one because it is very easy and very good. In fact, I recall Rusty-Dusty in particular asking me 3 or 4 times if I “really actually made this, like seriously?” when he had some because he apparently thought me incapable of doing anything domestic. Preesh.
1 package hot sausage, cooked and crumbled
8 slices white bread (any bread you have on hand will work)
1 pkg Mexican shredded cheese (2 cups)
1 dozen eggs
1 can Rotel tomatoes, drained
salt & pepper or Cavender’s/Tony’s
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Line a lightly greased baking dish with bread slices.
- Beat eggs. Season with Cavendar’s and hot sauce. Add cheese, sausage and Rotel tomatoes and mix. (You can do this the night before if you want.)
- Pour over bread and bake for 30 minutes or until center of casserole bounces back when touched lightly. Cut into squares and serve.
I often use this recipe as a base for experimentation, so feel free to swap out the sausage for ham or chicken, add veggies such as mushrooms or jalapenos, or dress it up with an Italian cheese blend. Just don’t leave out the eggs. That tends to make for a very dry situation.
If you’re in the Mexican mood but don’t want to go super heavy, these are the perfect solution. Start with a little Grade-A Guac, top these suckers with some Mexican Crema and accompany them with Southwestern Slaw and Freshritas. You’ve got yourself a fiesta.
2 lbs of mahi mahi, ( you can also use snapper or grouper)
1/2 cup of veg oil
2 tbsp fresh lime juice
5 tsp chili powder
1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 1/2 tsp ground coriander
1 1/2 tsp minced garlic
pinch of salt
Valentina hot sauce (not-too-hot Mexican hot sauce)
- Preheat grill to medium high heat.
- Combine oil, lime juice, chili powder, cumin, coriander, garlic and salt. Coat the fish with the marinade.
- Grill fish about 3 minutes on each side.
- Once fish are cooked through, grill the tortillas about 15 seconds on each side to achieve light grill marks.
So I really have no idea how to start this post. Obviously I love pickles and all things fried, but more than that, I love my hairdresser of 12+ years, Todd Lucas. Despite the fact that he ran off (to Arkansas according to Joel’s sources) and left me a desperate, graying old maid with atrocious split ends and no one to make snarky comments to, I still love his stupid ass.
And I love his fried dill pickles. I mean, they have red pepper, Tabasco and beer in them. Pure genius. You can always serve these with the classic Ranch dressing (Make your own from the packet – it’s incredibly easy and 10x better than any bottle), but I also like to serve them with horseradish mayo* for some extra zing.
1 quart hamburger sliced dill pickle chips
1 1/4 cup flour (divided into 1 cup and 1/4 cup)
2 tsp red pepper
2 tsp paprika
2 tsp garlic salt
Tabasco to taste
1 cup beer (the darker the better)
- Dredge pickles in 1 cup of flour and set aside.
- Combine remaining flour and dry ingredients. Add wet ingredients and mix well.
- Dip pickles into batter and fry in hot oil until they float and are golden brown.
- Drain on paper grocery bags. Serve hot with cold beer.
*For the horseradish mayo, I start with mayo, add a little sour cream and black pepper and slowly add horseradish until I get the right amount of spice.
Tanya says: I know everyone has their own version of pimento cheese. I am not trying to force my version on anyone, so feel free to use your favorite pimento cheese recipe. How do you make a heavenly cheese and mayo combination better? Add BREAD and MELT! Enjoy!
1 lb sharp cheddar cheese (white and yellow)
½ lb monteray jack cheese
2-3 oz jars pimento with juice pinch minced garlic
1 half Claussen pickle spear (optional- depends on my mood that day)
4-5 tablespoon mayo- preferably Duke’s
salt, pepper, cayenne pepper to taste
hot sauce to taste (NOT optional, very necessary)
- Grate all cheese (small grate), set aside in large mixing bowl
- Finely chop pimentos add to small mixing bowl, add juices
- Finely grate half of spear (if using) add to small mixing bowl
- Combine mayo and spices into small mixing bowl and whisk together
- Add dressing to cheese, mix very well and refrigerate
- Slice baguette crosswise 1/3 thick and add generous scoops pimento cheese and spread on sliced baguettes, heat in oven (temp about 300-350) for about 2-4 mins until cheese is bubbling and slightly browned.
*for best results make pimento cheese spread in advance and allow to refrigerate for a few hours
This is the corn dip that Emily so famously ate the morning after Pat Benatar… after it sat in an iceless cooler all night. Yep. So that happened.
Also, this recipe makes what we in the biz call “a shat ton,” so divide this in half if you’re not feeding a crowd. Or Emily.
3 (11 ounce) cans Mexican-style corn***
1 (4 ounce) can diced green chiles
1 can Rotel, drained
1 bunch green onions, chopped (green parts only)
1/2 (8 oz) container sour cream
1 jalapeno pepper, diced
1.5 cups mayonnaise
10 oz shredded sharp cheddar cheese
hot sauce and Cavendar’s or Tony Chachere’s to taste
- In a medium-size mixing bowl, combine Mexican-style corn, green chilis, green onions, sour cream, jalapeno pepper, mayonnaise, and cheddar cheese. Mix well.
- Cover and refrigerate (at least half an hour, but overnight is best). Serve with chips and keep away from Lowery.
***I just made this using 4 ears of fresh corn cut off the cob instead of the cans, and I must say DO IT. So easy and yet so much better. (6/30/11)