There are many ways to savor the flavor of the Northshore, where an abundance of fresh, high-quality local ingredients, paired with an abundance of fabulous cooks, make every meal a celebration for the taste buds. Here are some recipes to try for yourself, courtesy of two of the Northshore's favorite dining spots, Lola and Dakota restaurants.
This classically Southern dessert is deceptively simple to make and oh so hard to resist. It's a popular choice at Nealy Frentz's restaurant, Lola, in downtown Covington.
1 18.25-ounce box yellow cake mix (yes, boxed mix)
1 large egg
1 stick unsalted butter, melted
Ooey Gooey Filling (recipe follows)
Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting
Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease an 8 x 8-inch square pan.
Blend the cake mix, egg, and butter in mixing bowl. Press the crumbly mixture on
the bottom and up the sides of the pan. Spread the filling over the crumb mixture
in the pan. Bake until golden brown and firm, about forty-five minutes to one hour.
Cool for thirty minutes and dust with confectioners’ sugar before serving.
Makes about 2 cups
1 stick salted butter, melted
8 ounces softened cream cheese
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1-pound box confectioners’ sugar
Combine butter, cream cheese, eggs, vanilla, and sugar in a mixing bowl and
beat until smooth.
From Fun, Funky, and Fabulous: New Orleans’ Casual Restaurant Recipes by Jyl Benson, photography by Sam Hanna, © 2015 by Jyl Benson, used by permission of the publisher, Pelican Publishing Company, Inc.
Using a meat mallet or hammer, crack open crab shells until meat is exposed. In a 1-gallon stockpot, heat olive oil; add cracked crabs and sauté for 5 minutes. Add vegetables and bay leaves; continue to sauté for 5 minutes.
Add brandy, white wine and water; bring to simmer over medium heat and cook for 45 minutes. Using a skimmer remove crabs and vegetables from stock.
In a small sauté skillet, melt butter and blend in flour until smooth and creamy; simmer over low heat for one minute.
Add mixture to stock using a wire whisk until roux is dissolved. Add heavy cream and simmer for 10 minutes.
Remove outside rind from Brie and discard, cut cheese into 1” cubes and add to stock stirring constantly until cheese completely melts. Season soup with salt, white pepper, and cayenne.
Strain soup through a fine strainer; add jumbo lump crabmeat and serve.
Yields 1 gallon.
Chop one onion and slice the other into long, thin strips. Chop the green bell pepper and slice the red and yellow peppers into long, thin strips. Chop two of the celery stalks and slice the other two into strips.
Add 3 tablespoons oil to a deep skillet. Over a medium high heat sauté the red and yellow pepper strips, the onion strips and the celery strips. Remove from the pan and reserve.
Make a roux by adding the remainder of the oil into the pan combined with the flour. Cook together until the roux is a milk chocolate color. Add the chopped onions and cook until the roux darkens to bittersweet chocolate brown. Add chopped celery and chopped bell pepper. Add the tomatoes and juice, squeezing each by hand into the pot to crush. Zest and juice one lemon and add to the sauce with the garlic and herbs. Simmer together for 25-30 minutes. Add the sautéed onion, celery and bell pepper and simmer for another 15-20 minutes. Add green onions and cook an additional 5 minutes.
Place the redfish fillets into the courtboullion. Spoon some of the sauce on top and top each fillet with a lemon slice. Cover and cook for an additional 5 -10 minutes. Correct seasonings – salt, pepper, and hot sauce – and serve over rice.
Alternate method – bake or sauté the fish separately and serve with the sauce on top cooked fish.
From Louisiana Eats! The People, the Food and Their Stories by Poppy Tooker, c. 2013 Poppy Tooker, used by permission of the publisher, Pelican Publishing Company, Inc.