In Louisiana, a dark brown roux is not just a thickener—it can be a benchmark for who you are as a person. It takes mettle to keep the roux on the stove until the very last minute. The flour must be just this side of burnt, yet with nary a hint of scorching. I will take the pan off the stove repeatedly, thinking I’ve done it, only to grimace and put it back on for just a tiny bit longer. I’m a babe in the woods when it comes to authentic Cajun and Creole cooking, but I have an appreciation for the unique toasted taste of dishes made with really dark, slow-cooked roux.This sauce improves after a day or two and freezes well, so keep some on hand to serve as a dollop alongside a fried catfish fillet, to smother a sausage in a bun like a Cajun hot dog, or to simmer with virtually any mix of meats and seafood for a hearty meal with rice.This version does not call for gumbo filé, powdered sassafras, a natural thickener with a unique slippery texture, because I’m not a fan. Stir a bit in at the end if you like. I usually make my own Cajun spice mix, but to simplify things, here I suggest using a good commercial blend.
Never heard of peanut soup? Virginians love this soup, which celebrates one of their biggest crops. You start with peanuts, and then soak them to create a creamy soup that can be made ahead for a simple and delicious meal.
Take your gravy to a new level this holiday season with this smoked version from Clint Cantwell, editor of Grilling.com. It’s easy to make and full of flavor.Click here for more of our best gravy recipes.
Gumbo is all about flavor; it tastes great, it’s thick, spicy, and it sticks to your ribs. I like to make it for tailgates because it’s one of those dishes that warms you up, and it’s easy to serve a large group of people.
The Sea Fire Grill is the sister restaurant to Benjamin Steakhouse and offers an array of locally-sourced fresh seafood and fish items. Highlights from the dinner menu include an impressive raw bar featuring lobster, East and West Coast oysters, shrimp, and Long Island Littleneck Clams, as well as caviar; appetizers include steak tartar, pan-roasted scallops, mussels, and a mouthwatering lobster bisque; entrées include Alaskan King Crab Legs, whole Main lobsters, and yellowfin tuna, as well as steaks and chops; sides include Spanish risotto, wild mushrooms/lemon gnocchi, and, of course, lobster mac and cheese. If you can’t make it out to the Sea Fire Grill then make their mac and cheese recipe right at home!Check out the Sea Fire Grill’s menu here: http://www.theseafiregrill.com/dinner
What is egg foo young? A Chinese fritatta, basically. Plus, with a big helping of veggies, you get an easy, healthy meal that's a departure from your everyday omelette. Substitute any of the vegetables in this recipe for other favorites, like bean sprouts or steamed bok choy. Make it heartier by chopping up some cooked Chinese sausage, ham, or shrimp to add to the egg foo young mixture. To make a nice, rich egg foo young sauce, I made a simple roux and flavored it with soy sauce and rice wine vinegar, although a more traditional version uses broth and cornstarch for a gravy.
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With slow cooked beef stew meat and onion sautéed in a roux, the borscht brings a wonderful smell to your house during cooking. Serve it with your favorite bread or just enjoy it alone. This Shanghai version of beef borscht soup for sure satisfies your craving for a warm comfort meal on a chilly day.For more great recipes like this one, visit Gourmet Persuasian.
It is difficult to make Christmas pudding in small batches – it just doesn’t seem right – so make plenty and give extras away as presents. This recipe makes enough for two large basins but you can make whatever size you want. Only the cooking times will vary. I usually make the puddings in September and store it in a dark cool place or in the fridge until Christmas. They can, however, be kept for a year if refrigerated."The flavours of Matusalem Sherry are so intense it is almost like drinking Christmas pudding – not a wine for glugging. Surprisingly, Port is a good match for the pudding and you can carry on drinking it with the Stilton afterwards “à l’Anglaise”. But at home we usually have Sauternes – à la Française!