Post # 1
Alright, Saturday night is the big night. No- I don’t mean wedding night, it’s the Mecca of college football in the South: LSU vs Alabama! My problem is that , since it is ” Louisiana Themed”, everything seems/sounds normal to me since I’m from there. We live in another state now, so I’m trying to keep it generic and ” normal”, with still providing different options.
This is our first year hosting the “Beat Bama Bash”, so I want some confirmation on this menu from an outside perspective:
- Jambalaya ( andouille and chicken mix)
- Gumbo ( TBD what kind, most likely chicken + shrimp)
- Sides of maque choux ( either bacon or crab mixed), fried okra or squash and some type of bean ( fresh green beans most likely), maybe some type of herb potato
- salad: nothing too fancy, but would have mix ins available
- Bourbon Street Bread Pudding for afterwards
- Beer, wine, bourbon plus sweet/ unsweet tea, and possibly my ” hand grenade” concoction if I feel up to it!
This will be for 15-20 people, all close friends… So it will be relaxed. Any suggestions? Too much for a relatively small group of people?
This would be at our place, with tables/chairs out, tvs set up and more of a hang out than sit down dinner.
I’ll also have a few apps out, maybe just simple chips,dip, crab cakes or something along those lines! Would you enjoy that food? Any suggestions would be appreciated!
Post # 3
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
Sounds yummy to me. But not dirty rice?
Post # 4
Sounds delicious! Can I come?? 🙂
Post # 5
This sounds amazing and I want to be there.
Post # 6
@beachbride1216: well the Jambalaya and Gumbo will both have rice in them as staples, so I figured it might be overkill!
@Mrs.KMM: come on! The more the merrier, only requirement is to root for LSU haha.
Post # 7
Joking aside, your menu sounds delish, I think you’re always best off with too much food versus running out and guests going hungry.
You know your guests best, I personally would gladly eat everything on your menu, but I love spice, maybe just keep your spice levels down if you have guests that aren’t into tons of spice.
Post # 8
I am not a Jambalaya or Gumbo expert (maybe had them once in my life) but is doing both overkill? Meaning -are they similar dishes to people? Or very different? If they are similar, and you are looking to cut down on work, I’d do one over the other.
The sides all look great and… yum.. .bread pudding (care to share your recipe?!) 🙂
Post # 9
@Mrs_Amanda: I’m not an LSU fan by any means but I want someone to beat Alabama! So I’ll root for LSU! 🙂
Post # 12
@drummerbride: Good point. My spice level tolerance vs DH’s is pretty extreme!
@oracle: the Gumbo has more a soup consistency than Jambalaya, which is definitely rice based. I typically just make a pot of white rice and people can determine how much or how little they want to use with the Gumbo for themselves!
For the bread pudding, I’ve used this recipe before and it’s great : http://www.realcajunrecipes.com/recipes/cajun/bread-pudding-with-bourbon-sauce/424.rcr
I slightly modify because I don’t like raisins and I don’t really like using Crown Royal as my bourbon choice! Crown Royal works in a pinch, but I like Wild Turkey Rare Breed 101 ( it’s around $35/$40) and of course Jim Beam is good, too!
Post # 13
@LizLemon: ah good suggestion!
Post # 14
OMG that sounds amazing. We had a very similar menu for our wedding so I definitely approve for a football game!! lol I <3 Maque Choux!!!
Post # 15
I have never ate any of that but it sounds tasty. mmmm…
Post # 16
@Mrs_Amanda: That bread pudding sounds amazing, I think I have to make it for the next family meal! I wouldn’t use Crown royal though, it’s alright but I prefer maker’s mark.
@oracle: I believe that gumbo is more of a soup/stew, while jambalaya is more similar to a stir fry (best way I can describe the difference). Both contain rice and similar spices, but end up giving different flavours.