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NOLA themed Super Bowl Party

KateMW Jan 29, 2013 07:39 AM

Not attached to either team, so we're going with a New Orleans themed party...

Mains will be muffulettas and red beans and rice. Ordered a King Cake from my favorite LA bakery for dessert. Help me with sides {besides Zapp's} and appetizers! I'd like things to be low maintenance, such as dips or make ahead. I don't want to be working when I could be watching football!

And rooting against Jim Harbaugh!

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    ChiliDude RE: KateMW Jan 29, 2013 08:55 AM

    Melt a brick of Velveeta and add a can of Ro-Tel.

    I would make jambalaya instead of red beans and rice. It can be made well in advance and reheated just before serving. For those who have a flatulence problem due to beans, jambalaya would be less embarrassing.

    1. Veggo RE: KateMW Jan 29, 2013 09:01 AM

      boudin, cups of dark roux gumbo made on Saturday, lots of gunfire.

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        travelerjjm RE: KateMW Jan 29, 2013 09:38 AM

        Welllll, raw oysters would work but they're expensive here. I'd go for cold shrimp with a remoluade dipping sauce, spicy peel and eat shrimp or maybe a hot crawfish dip. You can do a lot with crawfish. You can even get the meat frozen.

        1. pagesinthesun RE: KateMW Jan 29, 2013 10:44 AM

          +1 for spicy peel and eat shrimp. Spicy crab spread to serve with crackers. Grill up some andouille sausages, cut into bite size pieces serve with lemon and cajun mustard.

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            ChrisKC RE: pagesinthesun Jan 29, 2013 12:42 PM

            How about the recipe for that spicy crab spread? Sounds good

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            Tara57 RE: KateMW Jan 29, 2013 04:54 PM

            Popcorn sprinkled with Cajun spice -- Tony Chachere's or Zataraine's

            Tiny new potatoes boiled in crab boil

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              ludmilasdaughter RE: KateMW Jan 30, 2013 09:01 AM

              Excellent ideas here so far. I would add:
              - black eye pea salsa (can be a side or an app)
              - mini crabcakes
              - creole deviled eggs

              I tend to agree with making jambalaya or gumbo instead. They're kind of like NOLAs version of chili. But hey, it's your party, do what you want!

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                blaireso RE: ludmilasdaughter Jan 30, 2013 12:58 PM

                That was a really good point about red beans and rice. Serve with Bean O??? If you have a crowd, gumbo requires bowls, but so does chili so...If you can locate andouille sausage, you can use for jambalaya and also make a frittata and cut it into appetizer portions. If you can't find andouille, use chorizo. Crab or shrimp of any flavor are always welcome! I like the mini crabcake idea, you can make ahead, chill and reheat for an easy appetizer. Cream cheese with pepper jelly, yum!

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                hazelhurst RE: KateMW Jan 30, 2013 10:45 AM

                Headchees if you can get it. Let some melt and use as a cracker dip. Also, a blockof Philadelphia Brand cream cheese with a botle of Pickapeppa sauce poured over it. Serve with a sturday cracker (tho the cheesecan be softened.) A classic New Orleans side item not much known nowadays.

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