In Louisiana, February means two things: Mardi Gras and crawfish. Two-thirds of all mudbugs are harvested this month. Most locals start with a boil (corn, sausage, and 'taters optional), but what's left goes into étouffée, crawfish pie, and luscious appetizer dips. This one works as well for a Super Bowl party as a formal Mardi Gras ball. You'll need 6 to 7 pounds of cooked whole crawfish for 1 pound of hard-earned meat. Or sub in frozen, peeled crawfish tails.
Be it for a formal party or impromptu get-together, this crawfish dip delivers.
HOT CRAWFISH DIP
Makes: 8 to 10 servings. Hands on time: 30 min. Total time: 30 min.
½ cup butter
1 bunch green onions, sliced (about 1 cup)
1 small green bell pepper, diced
1 (1-lb.) package frozen cooked, peeled crawfish tails, thawed and undrained
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 (4-oz.) jar diced pimiento, drained
2 tsp. Creole seasoning
1 (8-oz.) package cream cheese
Softened French bread baguette slices
Garnishes: sliced green onion, chopped flat-leaf parsley
1. Melt butter in a Dutch oven over medium heat; add green
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In Louisiana, February means two things: Mardi Gras and crawfish. Two-thirds of all mudbugs are harvested this month. Most locals start with a boil (corn, sausage, and 'taters optional), but what's left goes into étouffée, crawfish pie, and luscious appetizer dips. This one works as well for a Super Bowl party as a formal Mardi Gras ball. You'll need 6 to 7 pounds of cooked whole crawfish for 1 pound of hard-earned meat. Or sub in frozen, peeled crawfish tails.Read More »from Cajun Crawfish Dip for Mardi Gras
Charm your sweeties this Valentine's Day with confections such as our ultra-easy truffles, sparkly cookies, and chocolaty cherries.Read More »from Bite-Size Valentine's Day Desserts
Peanut Butter Truffles, Homemade Chocolate-Dipped Caramels, and Sweetheart Sugar Cookies
Peanut Butter Truffles
Makes: about 2 dozen Hands-on time: 20 min. Total time: 3 hr., 30 min.
If you overbeat the chocolate mixture in Step 2, beat in 2 to 3 Tbsp. more whipping cream to return mixture to a smooth consistency.
1 (12-oz.) package semisweet chocolate morsels
½ cup whipping cream
3 Tbsp. creamy peanut butter
¾ cup finely chopped, lightly salted roasted peanuts
1. Microwave first 3 ingredients in a medium-size microwave-safe bowl at HIGH 1 to 1½ minutes or until melted and smooth, stirring at 30-second intervals. Let cool 10 minutes.
2. Beat chocolate mixture at medium speed with an electric mixer 1 to 2 minutes or until whipped and smooth. Cover and chill 2 hours or until firm.
3. Shape chocolate mixture into 1-inch balls, using a small ice-cream scoop. Roll in chopped peanuts. (If chocolate mixture becomes too soft to
- Southern Living | Game Time Guide – Fri, Jan 6, 2012 10:00 AM EST
Use our party guide for the BCS showdown where the University of Alabama takes on LSU in New Orleans on January 9, 2012.
Your party guide to the BCS Southern showdown. Find game-day menus, appetizers, and more.
Alabama Trunk-Gate Menu
Devour the Tigers with this million-dollar menu featuring barbecue, deviled eggs, and Crimson Cupcakes.
The Million Dollar Bama Sandwich
Dixie's Football Pride Spicy-Sweet Deviled Eggs
Pennant Sugar Cookies
YIELD: Makes 2 dozen
TOTAL:2 Hours, 18 Minutes
COURSE: Cakes/Frostings, Desserts
- 3/4 cup butter, softened
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 1 (1-oz.) bottle red liquid food coloring
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 tablespoon white vinegar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- White Chocolate-Amaretto Frosting
- Handmade Pennants
1. Preheat oven to 350°. Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy; gradually add sugar, beating well. Add eggs, 1 at a time,Read More »from Ultimate Party Guide for the BCS National Championship
- Southern Living | Shine Food – Tue, Dec 20, 2011 10:10 AM EST
Some say the greens represent dollar bills and the peas represent coins, ensuring wealth and luck. Try our recipes for these classic New Year's meals to ensure you too have a prosperous new year!Read More »from Food for a Lucky New Year: Greens & Black-Eyed Peas
Greens and Black-Eyed Peas
New Year's Tradition
According to folklore, this auspicious New Year's Day tradition dates back to the Civil War when Union troops pillaged the land, leaving behind only black-eyed peas and greens as animal fodder. Rich in nutrients, these were the humble foods that enabled Southerners to survive. Details of stories differ, but each celebrates a communion of family and friends bound by grateful hearts and renewed hope for good things yet to come.
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Southern-Style Collard Greens
Southern-Style Collard Greens
12 hickory-smoked bacon slices, finely chopped
2 medium-size sweet onions, finely chopped
3/4 pound smoked ham, chopped
6 garlic cloves, finely chopped
3 (32-oz.) containers chicken broth
3 (1-lb.) packages fresh collard greens, washed and trimmed
1/3 cup apple
Listen we know: Feeding the family can cost an arm and a (chicken) leg. That's why we developed these easy and affordable recipes-all $3 or less a serving!Read More »from Delicious Meals for $3 or Less!
Fresh Vegetable Lasagna for $3 a serving
Fresh Vegetable Lasagna: $3 per serving
4 medium zucchini, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced (about 1 1/2 lb.)
1 (8-oz.) package sliced fresh mushrooms
2 garlic cloves, minced
Vegetable cooking spray
1 medium-size red bell pepper, chopped
1 medium-size yellow bell pepper, chopped
1 yellow onion chopped
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cups fat-free ricotta cheese
1 large egg
2 cups (8 oz.) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, divided
5 cups Basic Marinara Sauce (use our recipe or premade sauce)
1 (8-oz.) package no-boil lasagna noodles
Basic Marinara Sauce
Sauté 3 cups chopped yellow onions in 3 Tbsp. hot olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat 5 minutes or until tender. Add 1 Tbsp. sugar, 3 minced garlic cloves, 5 tsp. freshly ground Italian seasoning,
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so start the day with a delicious and filling brunch! We have sweet, savory, and hearty recipes that will help you kick off your day the right way.Read More »from Rise and Shine! Best Holiday Brunch Recipes
Praline Pull-Apart Bread
Praline Pull-Apart Bread
1 cup granulated sugar
4 tsp. ground cinnamon, divided
1 (2-lb.) package frozen bread roll dough
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 cup chopped pecans
3/4 cup whipping cream
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
Stir together granulated sugar and 3 tsp. cinnamon. Coat each roll in butter; dredge rolls in sugar mixture. Arrange in a lightly greased 10-inch tube pan; sprinkle with pecans. Cover and chill 8 to 18 hours.
Preheat oven to 325°. Beat whipping cream at high speed with an electric mixer until soft peaks form; stir in brown sugar and remaining 1 tsp. cinnamon. Pour mixture over dough. Place pan on an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet.
Bake at 325° for 1 hour or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack 10 minutes; invert onto a serving plate,
Avoid these mistakes to ensure a perfect pound cake every time!Read More »from 13 Ways to Ruin a Pound Cake
Two-Step Pound Cake
1) Not Reading the Entire Recipe
Carefully read through the entire recipe, and prepare any special ingredients, such as chopped fruits or toasted nuts, before mixing the batter
2) Substituting Store Brands
Prepare the recipe as directed, and use name-brand ingredients. Store brands of sugar are often more finely ground than name brands, yielding more sugar per cup, which can cause the cake to fall. Store brands of butter may contain more liquid fat, and flours more hard wheat, making the cake heavy.
3) Not Measuring Accurately
Be sure to use dry measuring cups for flour and sugar. Spoon flour into the cups and lightly level with the straight edge of a small offset spatula or knife. Extra sugar or leavening causes cake to fall; extra flour makes it dry.
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4) Using Ingredients Straight from the Refrigerator
For maximum volume, have ingredients
Dress up your holiday desserts with the refreshing taste of peppermint. Make these tasty treats for your family or give them as gifts-everyone will thank you!Read More »from Cool, Peppermint Treats
Milk Chocolate-Peppermint Bark
Milk Chocolate-Peppermint Bark
1 tsp. butter
3 (11.5-oz.) packages milk chocolate morsels
12 cream-and-mint-filled chocolate sandwich cookies, broken into pieces (We tested with Oreo Double Delight Mint'N Creme Cookies)
1 cup small pretzel sticks
1 1/4 cups coarsely chopped soft peppermint candies, divided
Line 1 (15- x 10-inch) jelly-roll pan with parchment paper; grease with butter. Microwave milk chocolate morsels in a large bowl at high 1 to 2 minutes or until melted and smooth, stirring at 45-second intervals. Gently stir in cookie pieces, pretzel sticks, and 3/4 cup coarsely chopped candies. Spread in prepared pan. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup coarsely chopped candies. Let stand until firm (about 6 hours). Break or cut into pieces. Store in a cool place up to 3 days.
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Break out your punch bowl, and mix up one of these festive drinks. These big-batch beverages will keep you and your guests in high spirits.Read More »from 10 Festive Party Punches
Blackberry Mojito Punch
Blackberry Mojito Punch (pictured)
Stir together 3 cups blueberry-blackberry juice blend, 2 (12-oz.) cans frozen mojito mix, 2 (1-liter) bottles chilled club soda, 1 1/2 cups white rum, 3 sliced limes, and 1 (12-oz.) package frozen blackberries. Serve over ice. Garnish with fresh mint sprigs.
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Southern Pineapple PunchSouthern Pineapple Punch
Stir together 1 (2-liter) bottle chilled ginger ale, 1 (12-oz.) thawed container frozen pineapple-orange juice concentrate, 1 cup mango nectar, 1 Tbsp. finely grated fresh ginger, and 1 1/2 cups Southern Comfort. Serve over crushed ice.
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Raspberry Wine ZingerRaspberry Wine Zinger
Stir together 1 (750-milliliter) bottle dry white wine, 2 (12-oz.) bottles raspberry lambic beer, 1 (1-liter) bottled chilled club soda, and 3/4 cup simple syrup in a large punch bowl. Scoop 1 pt.
These incredible entrées are so impressive and delicious they can serve as the centerpiece of your table this holiday season.Read More »from 3 Elegant Christmas Roasts
Spicy Fruit-Stuffed Pork Loin
Spicy Fruit-Stuffed Pork Loin with Roasted Pears and Onions
2 (7-oz.) packages mixed dried fruit bits
2 Tbsp. dark brown sugar
1 Tbsp. chopped fresh sage
1/4 tsp. dried crushed red pepper
1 (4-lb.) boneless pork loing
1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt, divided
1 1/2 tsp. coarsely ground pepper, divided
2 Tbsp. olive oil
6 firm, ripe Seckel pears (3 firm, ripe Bartlett pears may be substituted. Core each pear, and cut into wedges)
2 Tbsp. butter, melted
2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
2 tsp. honey
1/4 tsp finely chopped fresh rosemary
1/4 tsp. kosher salt
1/4 tsp. freshly ground pepper
2 (10-oz.) packages cipollini onions, peeled
1/2 cup pear preserves
Garnish: fresh sage leaves
Bring first 4 ingredients and 1 cup water to a boil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook 2 minutes, stirring once. Remove from heat,