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Beef and Sausage Gumbo

Way down yonder in New Orleans, the gumbo be good! I been making this gumbo for a long time and it good. So good in fact that it don’t take no hot sauce because it be plenty spicy.
There is a difference between Creole and Cajun cooking. The Creole is a combination of French, Spanish and American Indian cuisines and was developed in New Orleans. The Cajun style is from the bayous of Louisiana.

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Way down yonder in New Orleans, the gumbo be good! I been making this gumbo for a long time and it good. So good in fact that it don’t take no hot sauce because it be plenty spicy.
There is a difference between Creole and Cajun cooking. The Creole is a combination of French, Spanish and American Indian cuisines and was developed in New Orleans. The Cajun style is from the bayous of Louisiana.
First off, for any good Creole or Cajun dish like this one has to make a good roux. The standard is one to one on the oil and the flour. I use everything from bacon grease, corn oil to butter and even use some of the fat from the roast in this one to give it an extra punch. To make the roux, I use a black cast iron skillet on medium to medium low heat…

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Banana Crumb Muffins

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 bananas, mashed
3/4 cup white sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/3 cup butter, melted
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon butter

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly grease 10 muffin cups, or line with muffin papers.
In a large bowl, mix together 1 1/2 cups flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, beat together bananas, sugar, egg and melted butter. Stir the banana mixture into the flour mixture just until moistened. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups.
In a small bowl, mix together brown sugar, 2 tablespoons flour and cinnamon. Cut in 1 tablespoon butter until mixture resembles coarse cornmeal. Sprinkle topping over muffins.
Bake in preheated oven for 18 to 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of a muffin comes out clean.

Bacon Cheddar Puffs….oh I so love these! Light an fluffy …like air with bacon!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup Sargento Fine Shredded Sharp or Mild Cheddar Cheese
  • 8 slices bacon, cooked crisp, crumbled
  • 1/2 tsp. onion salt or powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Combine milk and butter in medium saucepan. Heat over medium heat until butter is melted and mixture is simmering. Add flour all at once; continue to cook, stirring vigorously with a wooden spoon, until mixture forms a ball. Remove from heat.

Beat in 1 egg until mixture is smooth. Repeat with remaining eggs, adding just 1 egg at a time, beating until thoroughly combined. Stir in remaining ingredients.

Drop heaping teaspoons of mixture onto greased baking sheet. Bake in preheated 350°F oven 25 minutes or until puffed and golden brown. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Alan’s Birthday Chicken Casserole

2 Pounds Chicken Breasts
1 Can Crème of Mushroom Soup
1 Can Crème of Chicken Soup
2 cups Rice, cooked
1 Stick Butter
1 Pound Fresh Mushrooms (your choice) Chopped fine
4 cloves garlic, minced
3 to 4 Stalks Celery, Diced
3 Carrots, Shredded
1 Onion diced
½ Pound Bacon (or more as desired) fried and minced
3 tablespoons Poultry Seasoning augmented with fresh oregano and sage to taste
Salt and Pepper to taste

Put boneless skinless breasts in to boil in a stock pot with a bouquet of herbs including sage, pepper, thyme, and basil in lightly salted water. (Will make a nice chicken stock for soup or chicken and dumplings later on)
Gently melt the stick of butter while dicing the mushrooms, carrots, celery, onion and garlic. Sautee on low heat until tender and onion is translucent.
Put the cans of crème of mushroom and chicken soup together separately and fold in the sautéed vegetables with the butter in them.
Fry the bacon until crisp, add 2 tablespoons of the bacon grease to the soup mixture for extra flavor if desired. Add the minced bacon to the mix.
When chicken is white in the stock pot and done to your liking, take it out, let it cool and shred either with two forks of in food processor (I prefer the food processor on a couple of pulses). Add to the soup mixture and then combine the 2 cups of cooked rice into the mixture.
You’re almost ready to put it in the oven.
Add the cheese of your choice; I prefer Parmesan, Cheddar and Monterey Jack shredded. Add to mix and place in 350 oven for 45 minutes.
If the mixture needs thinning down a bit, add just enough milk or heavy crème to it.
I also add crushed cracker crumbs on top or bread crumbs for extra taste sensations.