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Seafood Gumbo

Southeast Louisiana Gumbo

Ingredients

  • 3/4 c. all purpose flour
  • 3/4 corn or vegetable oil
  • 2 pints oysters
  • 4 cans lumb crabmeat, drained
  • 2 lbs. shrimp
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 celery rib, chopped
  • Filé (ground sassafras leaves)
  • Green onions, chopped
  • Steamed rice

Directions

Make a very dark roux with the oil and flour. Add onions, bell pepper, garlic, and celery to roux and sauté until clear. Spoon this mixture into a gumpo pot and add 2 quarts of water and 2 tablespoons of filé. Simmer aboug 12 hour. Add more water if gumbo is too thick. Add shrimp, oysters, and crabmeat one hour before serving. Add seasoining to your taste. Ladle gumbo over steamed rice in a soup bowl. Add green onion tops and dust with filé. 

Recipe courtesy: West Baton Rouge Museum


Cajun Mac and Cheese

West Baton Rouge Mac and Cheese Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 (14-ounce) package andouille sausage, cut into ½-inch slices
  • 1 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • ⅓ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning
  • 1 quart whole milk
  • 16 ounces shredded American cheese
  • 3 cups shredded mild Cheddar cheese
  • 1 (16-ounce) package elbow pasta, cooked and kept warm

Directions

In a large skillet, cook sausage over medium heat until lightly browned, about 2 minutes. Add red and green bell pepper; cook until tender, about 6 minutes. Sprinkle with flour and Cajun seasoning; cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes.

Gradually add milk, and cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat to low, add cheeses, and cook, stirring constantly, until cheese is melted and mixture is smooth. Add cooked pasta, stirring gently to combine. Serve immediately

Recipe courtesy: Elizabeth Nelson, Louisiana Cookin' magazine


Grilled Fish Louise

Grilled Fish Louise DCs Grill West Baton Rouge

Ingredients

  • 12 oz. Alfredo sauce (with parmesan cheese)
  • 8 oz. melted butter
  • 1 Tbsp. minced garlic and oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • 1 Tbsp. blackened seasoning
  • 4 (7-8 oz.) fillets of your favorite fish
  • 4 tsp. Cajun seasoning
  • 1/2  lb. (50-60 count) peeled shrimp
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms

Directions

Add 2 oz. butter to saucepan and sauté the garlic and onions. Add blackened seasoning and blend until seasoning slightly darkens. Remove from heat, add Alfredo sauce, and mix thoroughly. Do not cook the sauce any more at this time.

Lightly rub 4 oz. melted butter on fish and season with Cajun seasoning. Place with skin side down on flat griddle at 375-400 degrees for approximately 3-4 minutes. Turn fish over to belly side and finish cooking all the way through.

Combine 2 oz. butter, mushrooms, and shrimp in a large sauté pan or sauce pot. When shrimp are about 2/3 cooked, add Alfredo mixture. Reduce heat and allow the sauce to thicken.

Recipe courtesy: DC’s Grill, 4151 LA Hwy. 1 South, Port Allen


Shrimp & Andouille Grits

Shrimp Andouille Grits

Ingredients

  • 16 jumbo, Louisiana shrimp
  • 4 oz. Andouille sausage
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup half & half
  • 1 cup dry, uncooked quick grits
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • green onions
  • French bread

Directions

Peel, devein and butterfly 16 jumbo, Louisiana shrimp, leaving the tail on. Sauté lightly in butter for about 2 minutes. Be careful not to overcook. Set aside.

Thinly slice Andouille and lightly brown in sauce pan. Add water, half & half, and butter to the Andouille. Once boiling, add grits slowly, stirring constantly. Salt and petter to taste. Simmer on low heat about 10 minutes.

Spoon grits into large bowl. Place 4 shrimp standing up on top of grits. Garnish with fresh green onions and a toasted slice of French bread. Serves 4 entrée size portions.

Recipe courtesy: Kaye Pourciau


Shrimp and Corn Soup

Shrimp and corn soup

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. Shrimp
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. crab boil
  • 1 stick margarine
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • 2-1/2 cups half & half
  • 2 cans cream of potato soup
  • 2 cans cream style corn
  • 1 can corn niblets

Directions

Sauté onions in margarine 10-15 minutes. Add peeled shrimp and sauté 15 more minutes. Add crab boil and cream of potato soup, sauté another 10 minutes. Add all corn and the half & half, cook until it boils.

Turn off the fire and add the green onions.


Nana's Potato Salad

Potato Salad Benedettos West Baton Rouge

Ingredients

  • 3 celery stalks, diced
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 medium red onion, diced
  • 2 lbs potatoes, cooked, diced & peeled
  • 2 tomatoes, diced & seeds removed
  • 5 radishes, diced
  • 1-1 and 1/2 cups mayonnaise
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Directions

Peel and dice potatoes in 1/4 inch dice. Put potatoes in 5 quart pan, bring to boil and cook until tender. Do not over cook. Drain and cool.

Dice all other vegetables and put in large bowl.

Add cooled potatoes and fold in mayonnaise. Do not stir as the potatoes will turn to mush.

Add salt and ground black pepper to taste.

Chef's Tips: Keep close track of the potatoes so that they do not over cook.

Variations

Feel free to add or delete any ingredient. Have fun by making it your own.

Use an egg-free mayonnaise for a vegan option.

Source: Freshop Test Kitchen

Recipe Courtesy: Benedetto's Market - 6651 LA 1 South, Addis - Benedetto's Market Website


BBQ Shrimp

BBQ Shrimp Louisiana Bayou Bistro on the Westside

Ingredients - BBQ Sauce

  • 2 cups Thai chili sauce
  • 2 cups Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup shrimp base
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp chopped garlic
  • 3/4 tbsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp salt 1 tbsp
  • 1 quart water

Directions - BBQ Sauce

Place all ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix until incorporated. Pour in a clear cambro (or container), label, cover and refrigerate.

Ingredients - BBQ Shrimp

  • 1 oz olive oil
  • 1 tsp bell pepper & onion mix
  • 16/20 tail-on shrimp, 8 ea.
  • Creole Seasoning to taste
  • 4 oz La Bayou Bistro BBQ Mix
  • 1 oz green onions
  • 2 oz heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp garlic butter

Directions - BBQ Shrimp

Heat oil, add bellpepper mix. Sear shrimp. Add seasonings and saute for 30 seconds. Add BBQ mix and green onions. Reduce for 2 - minutes. Add heavy cream and bring to a simmer. Add butter and toss until fully incorporated.

Pile shrimp in center of plate and pour sauce on top. Soak it up with some New Orleans french bread and smile!

Recipe Courtesy: Louisiana Bayou Bistro - 441 S. Vaughan St., Brusly - Louisiana Bayou Bistro Website


The Poboy House Fresh Tomato Sauce

Light and Fresh, this tomato sauce is sure to please. Be sure to use the freshest ingredients you can find!

Poboy Fresh Tomato Sauce

Ingredients

  • 12 large Beefsteak tomatoes
  • 4 large red onions
  • 1 cup good extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups spicy red wine
  • 1 head of garlic
  • 1 bunch fresh oregano
  • 1 bunch fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons freshly cracked pepper
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Quarter tomatoes, peel and julienne red onions. Combine with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Roast for 25 min.

Combine red wine and crushed red pepper in a large pot and set to medium high, reduce by roughly 1/3. Add roasted tomatoes and onions, including all of the liquid from the roasting pan.

Reduce to medium and simmer for about 20 min, stirring frequently. Pick basil and oregano thoroughly, avoiding any stems. Combine with peeled garlic and process until smooth. Blend warm tomato mixture until smooth adding garlic and herbs immediately after. This recipe would ideally be done just prior to serving for maximum flavor. Season with salt to taste and garnish with fresh basil and good ricotta.   

Recipe Courtesy: The Poboy House - 160 6th Street, Port Allen, LA 70767 - The Poboy House Website


Turtle Brownie Torte - Sugar Fest Winner

Winner of the 2012 West Baton Rouge Museum SugarFest Sweets Contest, this turtle brownie torte is sure to be a crowd pleaser!  

Turtle Brownie Torte Sweets Contest

Ingredients - Brownie

  • 1-1/4 c. butter
  • 2, 4-oz bars bittersweet chocolate bars, chopped
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups flour
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspooon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Ingredients - Ganache

  • 1, 12oz. pkg. semisweet chocolate morsels
  • 2/3 cup whipping cream

Ingredients - Honey Glazed Pecans

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2-1/2 cups pecans

Ingredients - Caramel Sauce

  • 1 can dulce de leche or 1 can sweetened condensed milk and 1 tbsp. butter, cooked for 15-17 minutes until thick
  • 1/3 cup whipping cream

Directions

Preheat oven to 325°F. Grease 3, 8-inch round cake pans or line with parchment paper. Microwave butter and chocolate in the microwave at 50% power for 1-1-1/2 minutes to melt. Set aside to cool.  Mix eggs and sugar, blending in eggs one at a time. Sift, flour, baking soda, and salt. Combine with chocolate mixture. Add vanilla.

Ganache: Mix semisweet morsels and whipping cream for 1 minute, stirring well.

Glazed Pecans: Melt butter in a large, nonstick pan. Add honey and mix. Add pecans, stir 6-8 minutes. Cool on parchment paper.

Caramel Sauce: Combine dulce de leche or cooked milk mixture with cream and microwave for 1 minute or cook for 4 minutes on stovetop, being careful not to burn.

Prepare Torte: Layer torte, beginning with brownie layer, then ganache, pecans, and caramel sauce.

Recipe Courtesy: Evva L.Z. Wilson from Port Allen, 2012 Winner of the West Baton Rouge Museum SugarFest Sweets Contest.


Honey Pistachio Cake with Honey Buttercream - 2020 Sugar Fest Winner

Winner of the 2020 West Baton Rouge Museum SugarFest Sweets Contest, this Honey Pistachio Cake with Honey Buttercream by Abbie Edens is as pretty as it is delicious! 

Sugar Fest Winner West Baton Rouge

Ingredients - Cake

  • 1 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cardamon
  • 1 tbsp grated orange peel
  • 3/4 tsp ground pistachio
  • 1 cup oat milk

Ingredients - Buttercream

  • 1-1/4 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 5-6 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 5-6 tbsp milk

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two 8-inch cake pans with parchment paper and coat with baking spray. Beat together butter and sugar. Once well-combined, add honey. Add vanilla. Add eggs, one at a time, beating between each addition. Finally, add in grated orange peel. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, cardamon, and pistachios. Mix well. Next, alternate adding flour mixture and milk to butter mixture, starting and ending with flour. Pour mixture evenly between the two, 8-inch pans. Place the pans in the oven and bake for 20-30 minutes. Let cool in pans for 10 minutes before removing to baking racks to cool completely. 

To make icing: Cream together butter, honey, and vanilla in mixing bowl. Gradually add powdered sugar, one cup at a time. Add milk, one tablespoon at a time until the buttercream is stiff enough, but is still easy to pipe, if needed. Spread 1/2 cup of the icing on top of one of the cake layers. Put the other cake on top and add enough icing on the top and sides for the crumb coat. Place in the fridge for 15 minutes to set. Finish icing the cake to your liking. I added large roses to the side and on the top layer. Finish by adding 1/4 to 1/3 cup ground pistachios  to the top of the cake.

Recipe Courtesy: Abbie Edens, 2020 Winner of the West Baton Rouge Museum SugarFest Sweets Contest.


Blackened Redfish Lafitte

One of the most popular dishes at the restaurant, this Blackened Redfish Lafitte uses just a few ingredients to make a vibrant, fish dish!

Blackened Redfish Lafitte - Louisiana Bayou Bistro

Ingredients - Redfish

  • 4, 7-9oz filets redfish
  • ½ c. butter (melted)
  • Bistro Blackening Seasoning

Ingreditents - Lafitte Sauce

  • 3 oz. white wine
  • 3 oz.fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. chopped garlic
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1 c. heavy cream
  • 1/2 lb. jumbo lump crabmeat
  • 2 Tbsp. butter

Directions

Dredge Redfish fillets in melted butter and sprinkle each side with blackening seasoning. In a cast iron pan skillet, cook each side until blackened and cooked (about 3-4 minutes each). Sauce: In a saucepan, add the white wine, lemon juice and garlic. On medium heat, let the sauce reduce by half. Add salt, black pepper, and heavy cream. Let sauce come to a boil. Add jumbo lump crabmeat and butter and stir until sauce has thickened. Pour over cooked fish fillets and serve.

Recipe Courtesy: Louisiana Bayou Bistro - 441 S. Vaughan St., Brusly - Louisiana Bayou Bistro Website


Savory Smoked Meatloaf

This amazing, comfort-food dish is popular for a spot with award-winning barbecue! 

Cou-Yon's Meatloaf on the Westside

Ingredients

  • 5 lbs. ground beef or pork
  • 2 Tbsp. granulated garlic
  • 3 Tbsp. Cou-Yon's Kitchen Seasoning
  • 1/4 c. crushed croutons or seasoned breadcrumbs, crushed
  • 8 oz. Rotel tomatoes
  • 4 oz. heavy cream
  • 5 Tbsp. parsley
  • 1 egg

Directions

Mix all ingredients together thorougly in a large mixing bowl. Form into loaf. Smoke or bake at 350°F for 1-1/2 to 2 hours uncovered until internal temperature reaches 145°F (pork) or 165°F (beef).

Serve with mashed potatoes and gravy, along with your favorite vegetable for a delicious meal!

Recipe Courtesy: Paul Mladenka, Cou-Yon's Cajun Bar-B-Q - 470 N Alexander Ave., Port Allen - Cou-Yon's Cajun Bar-B-Q Website



Poydras Bayou Farms Muscadine Jelly

This is a delicious solution for what to do with a bountiful crop of fresh muscadines. You can take advantage of their farmers market to pick out muscadines or pick up homemade muscadine jellies already made!

Poydras Bayou Farms Muscadine Jelly

Ingredients

  • 5 cups fresh muscadines juice (5 pounds of muscadines)
  • 6 cups sugar 1
  • 1-1.75 ounce package of pectin (grab an extra box of pectin if needed)

Directions

Wash muscadines with warm water and place them in a pot on medium heat, with just enough water to cover the muscadines. Bring to a full boil. (As muscadines begin to heat, start mashing them gently with a potato masher.) You want as much juice as possible! So get to mashing. Reduce heat to simmer and cook for 15 minutes, continuing to mash muscadines.

Remove from heat and pour mixture through a strainer into a large pot. Make sure only juice is left. Strain a few times if needed, a cheesecloth may come in handy here. Place the remaining juice over medium heat and bring to a full rolling boil for about 5 min, then reduce the heat to a simmer. When simmering add pectin to the juice and stir until well dissolved. Bring to full rolling boil and boil for 1 minute. Add sugar, stirring until dissolved. Bring to a full rolling boil and boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Test to determine if juice has “jellied”. If not, no worries, you can always add more pectin. (Do so, if need be.)

Pour jelly in hot sterilized jars. Be careful not to burn yourself and be sure to save some jelly on the side for you to test with your homemade biscuits of course! Screw the lids on jars and place into a hot prepared water bath to seal the jars for about 5-10 min. After receiving a water bath. Place jars on a towel and do not move the jars for at least 24 hours. Check that each jar has sealed before storing. Store in pantry, unopened, for up to 1 year. Once opened, store in refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.

Recipe Courtesy: Poydras Bayou Farms - 5539 Elm Grove Road, Port Allen


Anytime Fitness 3-Ingredient Peach Granita

Anytime Fitness, with a location that visitors or locals can utilize in Port Allen, has shared a healthier, lighter way to enjoy a frozen dessert! This Easy 3-Ingredient Peach Granita will help beat the heat this summer or provide a tasty treat any time of year!

Anytime Fitness Port Allen Peach Granita

Ingredients

  • 6 ripe peaches, peeled and pits removed
  • 2 Tbsp. honey 
  • 1/3 c. whole milk

Directions

Combine all ingredients in the basin of a blender. Blended on high until very smooth. Pour the mixture into a shallow dish (a loaf pan works well) and freeze. After an hour, take a fork to the mixture and scrape any frozen parts to break it up. Continue to do this every half hour until the entire pan is flaky and loose.

Recipe Courtesy: Anytime Fitness - 702 N. Lobdell, Port Allen, LA 70767


Chucky's Ribeye Supreme

Fire up the grill and sink your teeth into this supremely good ribeye recipe!

Bayou Bistro Ribeye

Ingredients

  • 4, 14 oz choice ribeyes
  • 2 oz. olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. Bistro Creole Seasoning

Directions

Rub each steak with olive oil. Season both sides with Bistro Creole Seasoning. On a hot charcoal or gas grill, cook steaks to your liking.

Supreme Sauce Ingredients

  • 1 oz. olive oil
  • 1/4 c. diced onions
  • 1 tsp. chopped garlic
  • 1 lb. 70/90 peeled shrimp
  • 2 c. sliced, fresh mushrooms
  • 1 Tbsp. Bistro Creole Seasoning
  • 1/4 c. white wine
  • 1/4 c. worcestershire sauce
  • 1 c. heavy cream
  • 3 Tbsp. butter cubes
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped parsley

Directions

In a sauce pan on medium high heat, add olive oil and sauté onions until soft, add mushrooms, shrimp and garlic. Sauté until shrimp are pink. Deglaze pan with wine and add seasoning, worcestershire sauce, and heavy cream. Bring cream to a hard boil and add butter cubes and stir until sauce has thickened. Add sauce and parsley over grilled steaks.

Recipe Courtesy: Louisiana Bayou Bistro - 441 S. Vaughan St., Brusly - Louisiana Bayou Bistro Website


Teeter's Pound Cake

Adapted from this recipe submitted by Bonnie Erickson (who received it from her cousin, Virginia "Teeter" Lathrop) toThe Advocate taking first prize in their Thanksgiving dessert contest, Mary Broussard Acosta, winner of the 2021 SugarFest contest, adds a little nutmeg to her version. Thanks to all parties for sweetly sharing the sweets!

Teeter's Pound Cake Sugar Fest West Baton rouge

Ingredients

  • 2 sticks butter
  • 1/2 c. butter-flavored Crisco
  • 3 c. sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 tsp. rum extract
  • 1 tsp. coconut extract
  • 3 c. flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 c. milk

Glaze

  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1/2 c. water
  • 1 tsp. almond extract

Directions

Bring ingredients to room temperature. Grease and flour a large angle food cake pan or a long (16-inch-by-4-inch-by-41/2-nch) loaf pan. Combine butter and Crisco; blend well. Add 3 cups sugar and beat for 5 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, beating until dissolved after each egg. Add rum and coconut extracts. Mix together flour, baking powder, nutmeg, and salt. Add to sugar-egg mixture a little at a time, alternating with milk. Bake at 325°F for about 1 hour and 10 or 15 minutes. While cake is baking, make glaze. Combine 1 cup sugar and water and bring to a boil, no longer. Let cool. Add almond extract. Brush over cake as soon as you take the cake out of the pan. Use all of the glaze. Optional: Dust with sprinkling sugar.

Recipe Courtesy: Mary Acosta Broussard, 2021 Winner of the West Baton Rouge Museum SugarFest Sweets Contest.