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i 8B Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter ,4 CE .EBItA T ON N.E t ORLEANS FA/dILY FEATURES while most people associate Mardi Gras with New Orleans, you can throw your own Fat Tuesda) test wherever you live. Let the eood times roll with authentic New Orleans-style tbod to make your party as genuine as the Big Easy celebration. Mardi Gras is actually part of a larger celebration, Carnival, that begins 12 days after Christmas (January. 6) and ends Fat Tuesday, 46 days before Easter. so the celebration can extend beyond just one day. "While the French Quarter gets most of the attention for Mardi Gras merriment, many New Orleans families gather in their homes to celebrate with a big meal," said John Besh, Louisiana native and nationally acclaimed chef. "For us, Mardi Gras is about three things: food, fun and family. If you have these key ingredients, any Mardi Gras celebration will be a success." This Mardi Gras, celebrate New Orleans-style by jazzing up your menu with popular and traditional dishes that will feed a crowd. Of course, don't forget to wrap up the p',a'ty with a King Cake whoever finds the toy baked inside is king or queen of next year's celebration! No matter where you live, celebrate Mardi Gras with authentic New Orleans- style flavor and your guests will come d~cing in. For more New Orleans-style recipes, visit www.zatarains.com. Andouille Dirty Rice King Cake Did Ya Know. AKing C',Ne is a traditional dessert : i :decorated with sugar spri~des in the customa~ Mardi Gras colors of purple, green and gold, which represent .justice aThe cake is baked with a tiny trinket, !;~ .... USuallya :plastic baby, inside. The person who finds:the baby in their piece is con- sldered tie king 0~ queen ot~ ti~e party and ~!i~i~ AndouUle Dirty Rice Courtesy of L~ecutive Chef .lohn Besh, Restaurant Proprietor. New Orleans Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 40 minutes Makes 6 serwngs 1 1/] tablespoons flour 2 tablespoons cooking oil 1/2 cup finely minced onion 1 cup andouiile sausage, renmved from casing and chopped in food processor , 1 stalk celery, finely minced 1/4- cup finely minced bell pepper 1 tablespoon minced parsley 1/2 cup chopped green onions 1/2 tablespoon minced garlic 2 1/4 cups chicken broth 1 8-ounce box Zatarain's Dirty Rice Mix 1/2 pound chicken livers or duck livers, finely minced (optional) 1. Make dark roux by combining cook- ing oil and flour in heavy bottomed 6 to 8-quart saucepot, over low flame. Stir constantly using wooden spoon. 2. When roux is finished, stir in onion .and allow to brown, leaving flame on low. Next, add andouille, celery, bell peppers and garlic. Add dirty rice mix and stir for five minutes to toast rice. 3. Stir in broth, allow mixture to come to a boil, cover with lid and simmer over low heat tbr 25 minutes. 4. Before serving, season with minced green onion and parsley. Note: If including chicken/duck livers, add livers and stir tbr an additional 4 minutes before adding broth. The Big Easy Jambalaya Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 35 minutes Makes 8 t 1-cup) servings 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 cup chopped onion 2 bell peppers (prefer.ably one yellow and one green), diced 1 can (14.5 ounces) fire roasted diced tomatoes, undrained 3/4 cup water 1 package (8 ounces) Zatarain's Reduced Sodium Jambalaya Mix 1 package (12 ounces) fully cooked smoked andouille sausage, sliced 1 pound peeled and deveined uncooked large shrimp, thawed if frozen 1/4 cup chopped parsley (optional) 1. Heat oil in large deep skillet or 5-quart Dutch oven on medium heat. Add onion and bell peppers; cook and stir 7 minutes or until vegetables begin to soften. 2. Stir in tomatoes, water and Jamba- laya Mix. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and simmer 15 minutes. 3. Stir in shrimp and sausage. Cover and cook 10 minutes longer or just until shrimp turn pink and rice and vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally. Remove ti'om heat. Let stand 5 minutes. Sprinkle with parsley, if desired. Shrimp Boil In New Orleans. eraw/~sh is the boil of choice, but shrimp is another great choice avaih~ble outside the (_ht~ Coast. Some ofthefim of seafood boils is personalizing your meal by adding vour tavorite accompanime~its such as artichokes, mushrooms, sausage, or even broccoli. Prep Time: 30 minutes - Cook Time: 15 minutes Makes 6 to 8 servings 5 pounds shrimp 4 cups of water 1 package Zatarain's Pro-Boil 1 package Zatarain's Liquid Crab Boil 8 Ounces pearl onions, peeled 1/2 bunch celery, chopped Additional meats/vegetables of choice 1 lemon, sliced 1. Mix 4 cups water and 7 ounces Pro- Boil in an 8-quart pot. Bring to boil on high heat. Stir in 1 ounce of Crab Boil, shrimp, celery and onions. 2. Cook shrimp for approximately 4 minutes or until a liquid forms between the shell and meat, and they are easy to peel. Remove pot from heat, adding in ice and 2 ounces more of Pro-Boil. 3. Soak for 10 to 20 minutes, more or less depending on desired heat level. 4. Drain contents and toss with lemon slices before serving.