Previously on Ladies…
Today’s Friday Football Foodie is brought to you by stats guru, writer, runner, and hot blogger Precious Roy from Kermit the Blog.
You know what I love? Cooking. Fucking love it. So much so that I should probably be barefoot and pregnant in a kitchen right now, Well, except for the fact that I’m missing an x-chromosome and I’ve got a penis. And shoes.
Anyway, I’ll stop sounding like this is the Jamboroo. It’s food. So it probably doesn’t need dick jokes.
Okay, this week we’re actually cooking for the Monday Nighter. It’s probably going to be a gawdawful game but we’re going to eat so well that nobody will even notice. Either that or we’ll hit people with so many calories they’ll go into a food coma and have no idea what happened when they stumble into work the next day.
It’s New Orleans and Atlanta. So we’re making a traditional Freaknik meal.
Just kidding. We’re cooking with the ‘Aints in mind even if it is a road game and we’re making a big pot of gumbo, white chocolate bread pudding for dessert, and for drink, we’ll be downing Skylabs. And God help you if you have more than two of them.
This all might look a little daunting. It’s not. It’s just detailed. The only other heads-up you need is to read through to see how much prep time you need (especially with the bread pudding as you might want to jump on that a day ahead)
You’ll need – 2 1/4 cups vegetable oil
2 cups flour
2 medium onions (chopped)
3-4 ribs celery (chopped)
2 medium bell peppers (chopped)
1 pound Andouille sausage (cut into small chunks)
12 cups water
6 tsp Tony Chachere’s or any cajun seasoning*
5-6 bay leaves
3-4 chicken breasts (cut into small chunks)
1 lb. of shrimp (peeled and de-veined)
1 cup green onions
1/3 cup chopped parsley
(*You can sub 3 tsp salt, 2 1/2 tsp black pepper, 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper)
Also, you can halve the amounts for a smaller batch if you’re only serving 4-5 people.
Okay, the trick to this is all in the roux. That’s the base of this whole thing. Heat the oil in a large heavy-bottomed pot over medium-low heat for 1-2 minutes. Gradually stir in the flour with a whisk so that it all blends in smoothly. When all flour has been added, constantly stir over medium- low heat until flour gradually changes color, from pasty beige to peanut butter color to chocolate brown.
See the pics. That’s start, middle, and finish. Only the color on the finish is a little off (hey, you try to shoot looking down a stainless steel pot). It should be a little darker than it looks there. You’re shooting for something that’s a little darker than Halle Berry but not quite Diana Ross.
I was told this should take “enough time to drink two beers.” I can’t imagine the wuss who came up with this. I usually put down at least three and often four doing the roux. It’s about half an hour, if it takes more (up to 45 minutes), don’t worry.You really need to error on the side of caution here because if black burned flecks appear in the roux, you’ve fucked up and burnt it. You have to start over. Seriously. It’s ruined. So stir constantly and be patient.
Add the onions to the roux and saute for 2-3 minutes. BE REALLY CAREFUL HERE when you add the onions because that oil is fucking hot, and if it splatters, it will burn the bejeezus out of you.
Add celery, and bell peppers and saute over low heat until vegetables start to wilt (5-7 minutes). The color of the roux will turn even darker. This is what you want (and again, the color on the pic is a bit off, it will look much darker (and less reddish) than it does here… it’s almost Emmanuel Adebayor or even Didier Drogba at this point).
Add the water and bay leaves, stirring until the liquids are well blended.
In a separate pan take your Andoullie sausage and add a bit of the cajun seasoning. Saute for 5-6 minutes. Andouille is standard cajun type sausage. Don’t sub out for it if you can’t find it. It will taste horrible if you try Chorizo or something Polish. If you want you can omit and just up the dosage of chicken and shrimp and nobody will probably notice. Add to the pot when done.
Season the chicken with remaining spice mix then add that to the pot.
Bring the whole mess to gentle boil, then reduce to slow simmer for at least 2 hours, stirring occasionally. Skim off surface fat occasionally. About 30 minutes before serving, add shrimp parsley and green onions. If you have any filÃ© on hand, a teaspoon or two of that wouldn’t hurt. Remove the bay leaves and serve over white rice.
Don’t be anal about the amounts parsley and green onion. I usually buy a bunch of each and use all of the green onions, then pull a wad of parsley off the bunch then chop it finely.
White Chocolate Bread Pudding (Holy shit is this stuff yummy but it will put you in a hospital well before you’re supposed to end up in one).
9 ounces white chocolate
3 (10-in.) loaves French Bread
6 egg yolks
4 cups heavy whipping cream
1 cup milk
1 cup sugar
Slice the French bread into half-inch thick slices and set aside (a softer crusted French bread works best).
In a large bowl mix together eggs and egg yolks. Set aside.
In a large saucepan combine cream, milk, and sugar (and what pansy decided to dilute all that cream with milk, I have no idea, but I use 1%). Bring mixture to a low simmer then slowly add in the white chocolate and stir (or lightly whisk) until it is all melted.
Remove from heat and quickly stir in the egg mixture. You need to stir this quickly so that you don’t cook the eggs in the milk/chocolate mixture.
In a 9×13 baking dish (Pyrex if you’ve got it) place the bread in 2-3 layers. Pour half of the cream/egg mixture over the bread. Press bread down gently so that the cream gets soaked up. This is really not fun as the mixture is still fucking hot, but you gotta do it. Be mindful of the corners and make sure they are getting liquid in them as well. Once most of it has been soaked up, pour the remaining mixture over the bread.
Cover and chill in the fridge for a minimum of 5 hoursâ€”yes, 5.
Preheat oven the oven to 300. Bake for 1 hour. Remove foil and bake for another 30-45 or until golden brown. Let it cool for about 30 minutes and serve with a bit of cream if you don’t think there’s enough in there yet.
I had a friend who went to law school at Tulane. Hot tip: never have a Tulane grad as your lawyer. I never saw him or any one of his friends crack a book and they were out ’til 4 am nightly. Anyway, we went for New Year’s (Sugar Bowl, duh) and got dragged down to the Quarter by a third party of tourists. Worse, we got dragged to Pat O’s. He spared me from having to drink hurricanes when he directed me to these.
I don’t encourage irresponsible drinking. I accept it and I often expect it. But holy cow I don’t know how to handle these responsibly. I apologize in advance if you have any interest in not having a hangover. On the plus side, you’ll have no recollection of how badly the Falcons suck.
So the Skylab… Have one. Enjoy it. Have two. Then stop. If you have three or more. Have a designated driver to go with.
1 ounce Everclear
1 ounce Bacardi 151
1 ounce Blue CuraÃ§Ã£o liqueur
1/2 ounce apricot brandy
1 ounce orange juice
1 ounce pineapple juice
1 ounce fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons sugar syrup
Combine in a shaker, then strain into an 8-ounce glass filled with ice. Or, as I prefer, multiply everything by 8. Make a pitcher (stir) then share with your friends so you’re not the only one with your head in the office toilet on Tuesday.
If you’re an overachiever I can hit you up with a couple of options for an appetizer. But I’ve probably used too much word space here already. If you want though you can pop over to my blog and under ‘Pages’ you can find a ‘Contact.’
A roux is still the best way to make gravy (using the pan drippings of course) in my mind, but I don’t think I’d ever be able to drink four beers while whisking.
That white chocolate bread pudding looks good, so I might try making that for a Christmas party next week.
Skylab looks like one of those drinks that should be served with a piece of dry ice in the glass with all a foreboding mist coming off of it.
Thanks again PR!
The first time I read this I read “Skynet”. It does seem like the perfect drink to enslave mankind. Well done, Precious.
Precious Roy, this meal sounds even better if you imagine the song from the sex scene in “The Big Easy” playing in the background.
I have half a loaf of stale French bread in my kitchen, eggs, milk and cream in my fridge, and white chocolate chips in my pantry. I am so making a tray of white chocolate bread pudding for one tonight.
Yes this gumbo should be done cajun style! Good catch Doug :)
and filÃ© is a must to me, so that it thickens up. Now I’m starving!
Bread pudding is one of my most favorite desserts EVER.
Skylab’s sound….cool and dangerous. Just the way I like my men. Heh.
This all looks damned good but like a hell of a lot of work. Or time more appropriately.
@TSW: And as a bonus, aren’t bread puddings a standard British Chirstmas fare?
Re Skylabs: Everclear and 151? Good God man, are you trying to kill me?
A boy writing @ the Ladies and making Premier League references…
Barriers broken. Cue the inspirational music.
I love bread pudding!
I’ll def. have to give this white chocolate BP a go. I had some in New Orleans that was to die for. Just divine.
Old Bay! You need Old Bay! We knew a guy here that was some kind of viral marketer for Old Bay (yes, Old Bay) and anytime anyone would be cooking ANYTHING (cereal, for example), he sidle up with a grin on his face and shout, “You know what that needs?! That needs some OLD BAY!” And a can would magically appear.
Nonetheless, that gumbo looks fantastic, Roy.
Oh my! Two bread pudding recipes in a season.
TSW — sweetie — a roux is how you taught to make gravy.
White chocolate bread pudding sounds like the perfect dessert for the holidays!
You love cooking and made one of my favorite foods ever, you made a successful Halle Berry joke, and you got me to want something that has white chocolate in it, despite me not liking white chocolate.
I think I love you. Or at least your cooking skills.
Precious Roy- you are invited over to my house anytime, if you’ll make me some of that gumbo. It looks divine.
*whispers* The password is…”divine.”
Thanks everyone for the kind comments. Enjoy.
Just make sure to error on the side of a darker roux and everything should turn out okay.
Clare – If you make the bread pudding, post the pics. I want to see!
I love the FFF, I hope when football is over it won’t end. I gotta be honest I’ve never made any of them, but I want to eat them all the same. I don’t get along with knives. :( I’ve cut myself in the most unbelievable ways.
Probably too late for anybody to read this, but if you want the roux w/o the hassle, mix the oil and flour and bake it for about an hour. It TOTALLY frees you up for other stuff.
I make gumbo A LOT now, simply b/c Alton Brown showed me how to bake the roux. (Refer to FoodTV.com, Good Eats ep. “Bowl of Bayou.”)
I second, or third, or fifteenth, all the people who said they love bread pudding. But I have an issue with this post:
It didn’t involve any food snowmen.
Gumbo without okra? the hell?
Pudding sounds amazing.
Always rebellious-I think I’m the one southerner that can’t stand the site, much less the taste, of okra. I always pick it out. So any gumbo without it automatically goes to the top of the list. And in the fact that this one PR has shared sounds downright delicious and I’m hooked.
mmm. Bread pudding. * hits print *
For TSW and anyone else who’d like to see it, I give you…
Clare’s not white chocolate bread pudding for one.
To start, I halved the recipe and used a pint of whole milk, and a half-pint each of light cream and heavy cream. It was what I had in the house, and I could not in good conscience allow myself to eat four cups of heavy cream. “But Clare,” you say to yourself, “you could share it!” I am an only child, and therefore am not a very good sharer.
I didn’t have white chocolate chips after all, so I sprinkled a few handfuls of semi-sweet chocolate chips between the chunks of bread and added a teaspoon of vanilla extract to the custard, which would make excellent ice cream base. I let it sit outside in the cold for a couple of hours (the five hour waiting time was not going to happen).
Behold its glory!