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Feb 1, 2008 12:09 PM

Madri Gras theme party-Appetizer Help

I need help with an appetizer that is non-seafood for get together tomorrow night. So far I am serving boiled shrimp as an appetizer, but I cannot eat seafood. The rest of the meal is Paul Prudhommes Roasted Pork, smashed potatoes, roasted carrots, jambalaya with andouille sausage and chicken. Dessert will be a king cake and bananas foster.

"Hey mister, throw me something"

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  1. I guess alligator is considered seafood?

    1. Slices of boudain on crackers? Miniature andouille sausages wrapped in puff pastry? While not a NOLA-specific appetizer, steamed asparagus wrapped in thin-sliced capicola is always nice...

      Your menu sounds great; what are you drinking? Hurricanes?

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      1. re: Niki in Dayton

        what is boudain? love the andouille in puff pastry. i could do hot dogs for kids. and have a good creole mustard to dip them in. i make a horrible devil egg! every recipe i tried i have not that is out.

        1. re: mbfergie

          Boudin is a highly seasoned link sausage of pork, pork liver, and rice that is a typical element of Louisiana Creole cuisine, it can also be made with crawfish, or any other type of meat.
          Doubtful you will find any up there in time for your party.
          How about mini muffalettas? As long as you could get your hands on some olive mix or salad, you could do that.
          You could always google shrimp cheesecake recipes (great as an appetizer, and pretty easy to make) and just not put the shrimp in it and use andouille or a smoked sauasge instead.

          1. re: roro1831

            Mini muffalettas would definitely be my pick -- all stuff you can easily find wherever, but definitely a New Orleans food, without any seafood. (We're even having that for our Mardi Gras party -- in New Orleans).

      2. A typical Mardi Gras day treat is deviled eggs - I know it doesn't seem authentic, but every New Orleans momma has a proper deviled egg dish - and no party is complete without them. Stuffed artichoke is also a popular option (time-consuming to make and messy to eat - but so yummy). Ham or chicken salad on crackers or in oyster patty shells. Pepper jelly on cream cheese served with crackers.

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        1. re: dcandohio

          I second the stuffed artichoke, but it is very time consuming. The stuffed artichoke was present at every family gathering we ever had in when I lived in New Orleans (35 years), but I must admit that we never had devilled eggs, nor were they present at any party I've ever been to. Now that I am living in Jersey, I will say that at every family party at my in laws does have devilled eggs, so I don't agree with the generalization that every New Orleans momma had a devilled egg dish.

            1. re: im_nomad

              It does sound good, but it has seafood, which she can't eat. I on the other hand will make it.

              1. re: roro1831

                the mushrooms veronique recipe has mushrooms, grapes, boursin, butter and parmesan...i don't see seafood in there anywhere....

                1. re: im_nomad

                  Sorry, didn't read far enough, but i'll still make the crabmeat one