Slow-Cooked Loaded Potato Soup

Ingredients

  • 5 pounds potatoes, peeled and cubed (about 10 cups)

  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped

  • 5 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) chicken broth

  • 1 garlic clove, minced

  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened and cubed

  • 1 cup half-and-half cream

  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed

TOPPINGS:

  • 1 pound bacon strips, cooked and crumbled

  • 3/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

  • 1/4 cup minced chives

Directions

Place potatoes and onion in a 6-qt. slow cooker; add broth, garlic, salt and pepper. Cook, covered, on low 8-10 hours or until potatoes are tender.

Mash potatoes to desired consistency. Stir in cream cheese, cream and butter. Cook, covered, 15 minutes longer or until heated through.

Just before serving, whisk soup to combine. Top servings with bacon, cheese and chives.

Cajun Black Eyed Pea Soup

 

  • 1/2 lb smoked bacon, diced

  • 2 cups celery, chopped

  • 2 cups green peppers, chopped

  • 2 cups onions, chopped

  • 1 can beef consomme

  • 2 cans (1 lb) tomatoes

  • 2 cans (1 lb) blackeye peas

Saute bacon with celery, green peppers, and onions. Add tomatoes, peas, and consomme; simmer 30-40 minutes. Serve in soup bowls with fresh French bread and a good bottle of Merlot.

FRESH CORN CHOWDER WITH BACON + BARBECUE SHRIMP

 

  • 4 slices of bacon

  • 1 small onion, diced

  • 1/2 red pepper, diced

  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced

  • 2 teaspoons flour

  • 1 cup of diced potatoes (2 yukon gold potatoes worked)

  • 4 cups of fresh corn cut off the cob (this took 7 medium cobs for me)

  • 2 cups of chicken stock

  • 2 1/2 cups milk

  • 1/4 cup cream or half and half

  • 1/2 pound of raw peeled and deveined shrimp

  • 1/3 cup barbecue sauce

  • salt & pepper

DIRECTIONS:

Heat a large pot over medium heat. Once hot, add the bacon slices and cook until crispy and golden brown. Remove bacon and let drain on a paper towel. Add onions and peppers to the pot with a sprinkle of salt and pepper and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic and cook for an additional minute. Whisk in the flour, cooking for 1-2 minutes or until flour becomes golden in color and smells a bit nutty. Add chicken stock, potatoes, and corn. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer and cook for 10-15 minutes.

While soup is simmering (or before or after or whenever is convenient for you), heat your grill on the highest setting. Season shrimp with salt and pepper, brush with a thin layer or barbecue sauce, then cook for 2-3 minutes per side. Remove from grill and toss with remaining barbecue sauce.

Once soup has slightly thickened and the potatoes have started to break down, stir in milk and cream. Add 1/4 teaspoon of pepper, then season according to your tastes. Serve in bowls topped with the crumbled bacon and shrimp. Store leftovers in the fridge for up to one week.

 

Cajun Red Bean Stew

1-1/2 cups dried red beans

1 – pound of tasso cut 1/4 thick

1 pound ground beef

Salt Pepper

1 cup onions, chopped parsley

One 8-ounce can tomato sauce

1 tablespoon chili powder

3 medium Irish potatoes

Stove temperature: high. Put red beans cooking in lots of water on a high heat. When beans have cooked for one-half hour, begin browning ground beef with salt and pepper. Add onions tasso and parsley. When brown, add tomato sauce and chili powder. Empty pot of beans into pot of beef and cook for another half hour. Cut potatoes into small bite-sized cubes and add to stew. Cook another half-hour, adding water as needed. It should be liquefied, but solid enough for ladle to scoop all ingredients when serving. Serve over rice.

 

Wild Duck and Oyster Gumbo

 

  • 1 wild duck
  • 2 heaping tbsp. flour
  • 1 heaping tbsp. shortening
  • 1 lg. or 3 sm. onions, chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 doz. oysters
  • About 2 qts. water

Melt shortening. When hot, add flour to make a roux. When roux is browned, add finely cut onions. Cook until tender. Cut duck into about six pieces. Season with all salt and pepper. When onions are tender in the roux, add the duck pieces. Let fry in the roux until blood in duck disappears. Add water. Let boil slowly until duck is tender. Add oyster liquid, then oysters. Cook about ten minutes longer. Season again if necessary after oysters have been added.

Wild Duck Andouille Gumbo

Wild Duck Andouille Gumbo

Seasoning

½ tsp. of each of the following: Salt, black pepper, cayenne, white pepper, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder

Gumbo

  • 2 c. wild duck, chopped

  • 1 c. onion, diced

  • 1 c. green bell pepper, diced

  • ¾ c. celery, diced

  • ¾ c. okra, sliced

  • 1¼ c. all-purpose flour

  • 1¼ c. vegetable oil

  • 2 qt. chicken stock

  • 1½ c. andouille sausage

  • 1 tsp. garlic, minced

  • Salt & pepper to taste

  • Hot sauce to taste

Directions

Combine ingredients for seasoning mixture. Toss duck with ½ of seasoning mixture and set aside for 30 minutes.  Combine ½ the flour and the rest of the seasoning mixture. Toss duck with flour/seasoning until well coated.  In a small pot, heat ¼ c. oil until very hot. Fry duck until brown on all sides and meat is cooked. Drain on paper towel. Scrape bottom of pan to loosen remaining particles. Heat oil back to high and gradually add reserved flour. Cook, whisking constantly, until the flour is dark red-brown to black, approximately 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat and add onions, peppers and celery, stirring constantly. Return to medium heat and cook until vegetables are tender.  Add cold stock a little at a time to the roux to form a smooth consistency. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and add okra, duck, andouille and garlic. Simmer 15-25 minutes, stirring often until it begins to thicken. Remove from heat. Adjust seasoning with salt, pepper and hot sauce to taste. Serve over a mound of cooked white rice.

 

Crab and Shrimp Stew

Crab and Shrimp Stew

  • 4 tbs roux
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1/2 large green pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 chopped green onions
  • 6 small crabs, cleaned and halved
  • 1 lb med shrimp
  • Salt, black pepper, garlic powder, and red pepper
  • 3 quarts water

Boil roux and water together for approximately 30 minutes. Add onions and green pepper and season to taste. Next, add crabs and cook for 15 minutes. Add shrimp. Cook approximately 30 minutes more. Add green onions. Just before serving. Serve over rice with a side dish of potato salad.

Cajun Chicken, Andouille, Tasso Gumbo

Ingredients

1 chicken, cut into serving pieces

1 lb smoked sausage or andouille sliced in 1/2 inch thick slices

1 lb smoked tasso, chopped fine

6 chicken bouillon cubes

Salt and pepper to taste

1 cup chopped onion

1 cup chopped bell pepper

1 cup chopped celery

3 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 cup chopped green onion tops

1/4 cup chopped parsley

1 cup vegetable oil

1 cup all purpose flour

4 quarts water


Instructions

Make roux with oil and flour, cook until copper penny color. Add onion, bell pepper, celery and garlic and cook until limp. Add chicken and cook a few minutes, stirring constantly. Add water and chicken bouillon cubes. Cook on moderate heat until chicken is almost tender. Add sausage or andouille and tasso. Let boil until all meats are tender. Add onion tops and parsley and cook about ten minutes. Adjust seasonings and serve over cooked rice in soup bowls

Chicken Andouille Gumbo

Ingredients

1 lg. stewing chicken

1 lb. andouille, sliced in 1/4 inch slices

6 lg. white or yellow onions, chopped

1 sm. bunch green onions, cut fine

1 sm. bell pepper, chopped

1 tbsp. chopped celery

1 tbsp. finely chopped parsley

1 clove garlic, chopped

Salt, black pepper and red cayenne

3/4 cup all-purpose flour (for roux)

1 cup cooking oil

6 cup hot water


Instructions

Cut up chicken, wash and season with salt and pepper. Heat one cup oil in heavy skillet and fry chicken until brown. Remove chicken and put aside. Pour remaining oil into large heavy pot, for making roux. After roux is made, lower heat and add all chopped ingredients, except green onions, garlic and parsley. Cover and simmer until onions are clear, stirring occasionally. Add sliced andouille and chicken to roux mixture, cover and let simmer about 1/2 hour. Stir often during this process. Keep heat low through this point. Add water, garlic, parsley and green onions. Heat may be increased until mixture begins to boil; lower heat to simmer, cover and cook 1-1/2 to 2 hours or until chicken is tender. This yields a lot of liquid and is served over rice.

CRAB AND CORN CHOWDER

Ingredients

1 – Can of Rotel tomatoes

1 – Can of whole corn

1 – Can of Cream corn

1 – Can of chicken broth

1 – can of mushroom soup

1 – Can of Beef broth

3 – Pounds of shrimp

1 – Chopped onion

1 – Whole chopped bell pepper

2 – Cups of sour cream

1 – cup of chopped green onions

2 – Tbls of chopped fresh garlic

1 – Block of cream cheese

1 – Pinch of Louisiana crab boil

4 – Cups of shredded American cheese


Instructions

Cook down onion, bell pepper, garlic and green onions in Rotel tomatoes. Then add cream cheese and cook until melted, add all broth and mushroom soup, sour cream. Bring to boil then add cream, shrimp and crab boil to taste. Add all corn reduce to low fire and continue to stir for 30 minutes.