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Going Coastal Recipe: Cajun White Beans

Third Coast Cuisine.Red beans are not the only beans in Louisiana.  Try these white beans as a repose from cliche’.  This little gem is from my Gourmand World Cookbook Award nominated cookbook Third Coast Cuisine: Recipes of the Gulf of Mexico.  Does it sound like I’m blowing my horn?  Damn right!  I’m proud of that.  You have something you created get international notoriety and you’ll be warming up the old trombone too.

Cajun White Beans
1 pound dry Cannelloni Beans, soaked overnight
1 medium onion, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped
1/4 lb. pork tasso, sliced
5 cups water
2 tablespoons Cajun Seasoning

Soak beans overnight. The next day, place beans, onion, bell pepper, seasoning, and pork Tasso in a slow cooker.  Pour in enough water to cover beans, roughly 5 cups. Cook on low heat for 6-8 hours or until beans are soft.

White Beans

Going Coastal Recipe: Fried Oyster Sliders

Everyone loves sliders, miniature bite-sized sandwiches.  One of New Orleans’ favorite sandwiches is the oyster Po’ Boy so we have combined the two.  The addition of a fried pickle adds extra snap.

Fried Oyster Sliders
1 quart fresh Gulf oysters
24 Parker House rolls or similar dinner style rolls
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/4 cup Masa Harina
1/2 cup Sour Cream Rémoulade (recipe below)
Fried Dill Pickles (recipe below)
Cajun seasoning

Combine cornmeal and Masa in a gallon zip top bag, season with Cajun seasoning, seal, and shake to mix or use your favorite store-bought mix.  Rinse oysters and toss into bag to coat with breading.  Shake off excess breading and deep fry at 375 until golden brown.

Coat bottom half of each roll with Sour Cream Rémoulade then an oyster or two.  Drizzle with more Sour Cream Rémoulade and a fried pickle.

Sour Cream Rémoulade
1 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon Zatarain’s Creole mustard
1 teaspoon prepared horseradish
1 clove garlic, minced

Mix, chill and serve.

Fried Dill Pickles – Yes, in the South we fry everything.
1 egg
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup corn meal
1/2 cup Masa Harina
1/4 cup seasoned salt
2 cups dill pickle chips drained
Oil for frying

In a shallow bowl, beat together the egg & buttermilk to form an egg wash; stir well then set aside. In an iron skillet over medium-high heat, pour the oil to a depth of 2 inches and heat to 350 degrees. Whisk the cornmeal, masa and seasoned salt together in a medium sized bowl. In small batches, dip the pickle slices first in the egg wash, then in the dredge, shaking off any excess. Drop them into the oil and move the pickles around to brown evenly using a slotted spoon, roughly 1 minute. Drain and repeat until all pickles have been cooked.

Super Bowl Recipe: “Reb” Beans and Rice

A caldron of red beans and rice is always welcome for any football game but when Super Bowl time you need to break out my “Reb” Beans & Rice with three (3!) kinds of sausage:Triple Sausage “Reb” Beans and Rice
1 pound Red kidney beans (soaked overnight)
3 cups cooked rice
1 pound breakfast sausage
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 bell pepper, chopped
1 chopped onion, diced
1 stalk celery, chopped
3 bay leaves
1/2 pound Andouille sausage
1/2 pound smoked pork sausage
1/4 teaspoon Cayenne pepper
Creole seasoningIn a Dutch oven render the breakfast sausage until brown and remove to drain.  Sauté the bell pepper, chopped onion, celery in the fat from the sausage (adding cooking oil if necessary). After about five minutes add the garlic and cook another 3 – 5 minutes then add the pork sausage, beans, and water to roughly one-half inch above beans.  Drop the bay leaves into the water.  Slice both Andouille and smoked sausage and add to pot then season to taste with Cayenne and Creole seasoning. Cook slowly two to three hours, until gravy is thick and beans are tender.  Add additional Creole seasoning to taste and serve over rice.  Remember to remove the bay leaves.

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Stuart is a celebrity chef, food activist and award-winning food writer. He penned the cookbooks Third Coast Cuisine: Recipes of the Gulf of Mexico, No Sides Needed: 34 Recipes To Simplify Life and Amigeauxs - Mexican/Creole Fusion Cuisine. He hosts two Internet cooking shows "Everyday Gourmet" and "Little Grill Big Flavor." His recipes have been featured in Current, Lagniappe, Southern Tailgater, The Kitchen Hotline and on the Cooking Channel.

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Stuart’s Honors & Awards

2015 1st Place Luck of the Irish Cook-off
2015 4th Place Downtown Cajun Cook-off
2015 2nd Place Fins' Wings & Chili Cook-off
2014 2015 4th Place LA Gumbo Cook-off
2012 Taste Award nominee for best chef (web)
2012 Finalist in the Safeway Next Chef Contest
2011 Taste Award Nominee for Little Grill Big Flavor
2011, 12 Member: Council of Media Tastemakers
2011 Judge: 29th Chef's of the Coast Cook-off
2011 Judge: Dauphin Island Wing Cook-off
2011 Cooking Channel Perfect 3 Recipe Finalist
2011 Judge: Dauphin Island Gumbo Cook-off
2011 Culinary Hall of Fame Member
2010 Tasty Awards Judge
2010 Judge: Bayou La Batre Gumbo Cook-off
2010 Gourmand World Cookbook Award Nominee
2010 Chef2Chef Top 10 Best Food Blogs
2010 Denay's Top 10 Best Food Blogs
2009 2nd Place Bay Area Food Bank Chef Challenge
2008 Tava: Discovery Contest Runner-up

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