Celebrate Super Bowl Cajun style with New Orleans-themed recipes
BY NICOLE MARSHALL MIDDLETON World Scene Writer
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
1/29/13 at 4:38 PM
When the New Orleans Saints were in the Super Bowl in 2010, Hebert’s Cajun restaurant and market had a line of customers out the door.
Everyone wanted to have a New Orleans-themed watch party for the big game.
So this year, with New Orleans setting the stage for the Super Bowl between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers, the restaurant’s owner Cajun Ed Richard is prepared.
“It kind of surprised me how many people we had when the Saints were in the Super Bowl. We had no idea we would be as busy as we were,” Richard said. “But we were excited and we are ready for the same thing this year.”
The Super Bowl falls in the middle of the Mardi Gras festival season, so that’s just another reason to host a watch party Cajun style. Hebert’s has about everything you would need for any Cajun celebration — from the food to the decorations.
Richard said that Cajun dishes like gumbo, red beans and rice and etouffee were invented to feed a large number of people affordably, so they would be perfect for a Super Bowl party.
Here is one of Richard’s favorite recipes. Read the rest of the story and find two more recipes in Wednesday's Scene section.
Red Beans and Rice
1 pound red kidney beans
1 large onion, chopped
3 pods garlic, peeled and chopped
½ bell pepper, chopped
1 fresh jalapeno, chopped fine
1 small can tomato sauce
Ham hocks, left over ham from a ham or smoked sausage
Salt, black and red pepper
1. Soak red beans overnight, rinse. In a large saucepan, bring water to a boil. Add the beans and the rest of the ingredients. Cook on low fire for about 4 hours or until the beans are soft.
2. Remove 1 cup of the beans and mash with a fork until mushy. Return to the pot. This will cream the whole mixture. Serve over rice with hot cornbread.
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