Is there anyone from NOLA that would like to share with me their traditional Family dinner menu? What is it that you have every year that it just wouldn't be Christmas dinner without it? TIA!
I would be interested to hear about this, also.
Christmas in the Big Easy.....
Favorite family recipes would be great! But until the replies start coming in, here's what I found.
Chef John Besh's Christmas dinner (made for his family):
(Recipes for all dishes & photos.)
Mostly Cajun Christmas recipes:
Chef John Folse's Cajun & Creole recipes:
(These restaurant menus had me drooling...but no recipes.)
Chef Rick's Cajun/Creole, Soul & Low Country recipes:
im from BAton Rouge, la, its like an 1.5 hrs toNew ORleans. My family always just had the usual ham dinner, but my husbands family is from a place called Luling, which is right outside of N.O and they have gumbo at their Christmas dinner, its usually just chicken and sausage, but sometimes they have the crawfish and shrimp in it.
Hog Heads Cheese on crackers, deviled eggs, artichoke balls, and shrimp mold are served as an appetizer. The meal begins with soup: oyster soup, corn and crab bisque, or chicken and sausage gumbo. In our family seafood gumbo is considered a meal in itself, so it was never served as part of the holiday spread.
The main âmeatâ dish was a combination of pork roast, duck, Turduckin, fried chicken, or ham. Side dishes included creamed potatoes, veggies, and a lot of normal things. The only unusual items I can think of are the stuffed artichokes and the crabmeat au gratin. My Mom makes a delicious oyster dressing that is stuffed into each leaf of the raw artichoke. The whole artichoke and overflowing dressing is steamed in olive oil until it is falling apart. If we had turkey it was always stuffed with oyster dressing rather than cornbread. We also have sweet potato casserole as a side dish. It is a normal casserole but the top is coated with a pecans, marshmallows and brown sugar. Yumm.
For dessert we always had bread pudding soaked in rum sauce, and a collection of other desserts: mince meat pie, pumpkin pie, coconut cream pie, lemon pie, pecan pie, custard cake, pralines, divinity fudge, rice pudding. Both my older sister and I have birthdays right around Christmas so we usually had a red velvet or doberge cake too.
Hope this helps...
Born and raised!
green salad with avacado slices
stuffed celery ( cream cheese and paprika)
baked turkey with gravy
mac and cheese
green bean casserole
heat and serve rolls
Thank you so much everyone! This really helps out alot! For anyone else reading this, if you have never been to New Orleans, GO! I absolutely love it there! If I could live any where else it would be there. I have been there three times now in the last year and I can't wait to go back! Also, think of the folks of New Orleans and all others affected, on the third anniversary of Katrina, August 29.
We have the traditionals, turkey, ham, dressing, but usually an oyster dressing is there as well. Lots of people do this yummy green bean and artichoke casserole that's made with italian bread crumbs. Gumbo is a must at any coonass celebration...preferably with potato salad. Turducken is yummy! And lots of times we have deep fried turkey over a baked one...I'm getting really hungry here.
How could I forget desserts....
Bread pudding with rum sauce, pecan, pumpkin, and sweet potato pies. DH family always has a coconut cake.
You are all making me hungry, I was in NO in 1999, and we ate ourselves silly, I love the food there and I just drool thinking about it! It is only 10:18am right now, and I just have to get something to eat!
I think I will have a NO Christmas this year and change up the usual Turkey dinner.