Feb 7, 2012

Chewt 'em!

Exciting times in South Louisiana this week. Carnival is in full swing and we're planning a trip to NOLA.

Season 3 of Swamp People starts this Thursday, Feb. 9th (8 PM Central, History Channel).

Swamp People is probably our favorite show. Sure, it has its problems & stereotypes. There are inaccuracies in some of the information given--things tidied up for TV. Some things not tidied up at all. Not everyone who lives in LA walks around shirtless in overalls. Only about half of us do that. And the narrator sounds like he would better tell the story of Bo & Luke Duke than Troy Landry and Joe LaFont.

But you can be sure that when these Swamp People talk about what they do & why they do it--when they talk about preserving their culture and way of life, it's the real deal. And from the heart.

Everyone who watches Swamp People has his/her favorite. I'm partial to Joe LaFont since he hunts in an area where I grew up fishing. He also knows how to get things done...like the time he ran out of bait and used a trick of soaking rags in the, uh, let's call it bait juice. In a pinch, these smelly rags acted as bait. And that's just the kind of think on your feet, do whatcha gotta do thing I like.

But I concede that if votes were cast, Troy Landry would win. He's hard-working, loveable, and fun. And so very Cajun. All you need to hear is his catch-phrase, "Choot 'em!"

Last summer The Husband heard that Troy Landry would be appearing at Rouse's in Youngsville. Since he's The Boy's favorite, we took him to meet Mr. Landry.

Do I have to tell you he was excited?

Mr. Landry smiled the entire time...handshake after handshake, autograph after autograph, picture after picture. He gave The Boy a huge smile and a handshake. He told me, "thanks for coming out, sweetheart."

I giggled like a thirteen year old.

While waiting in line, we were able to sample Rouse's alligator sausage.
Tastes like chicken, cher!

I took home a pack and made one of The Boy's favorites: Alligator Sausage Po' Boys

w/ Caramelized Onions

Sounds like a perfect food to wrap up and take out to the parade.

Did you miss this year's Mardi Gras menu?
Well, where ya been, dawlin?

A family-friendly punch

 Muffuletta turned app


Next week is King Cake!

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Alligator Po Boys w/ Caramelized Onions & Creole Mayo

for the Creole Mayo:
1/2 cup mayo
2 heaping TBSP Zatarain's Creole Mustard
1/2- 1 tsp Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning

Mix ingredients together. Refrigerate for 2 hours or more for flavors to come together.

for the Po'Boys:
olive oil
2 large onions, sliced thin
pinch of sugar
1 lb smoked alligator sausage Po'Boy bread (crispy on the outside, soft on the inside French bread), sliced into po'boy portions

Add a splash of olive oil to a large skillets. Heat over medium-low. Add the onions and saute until the start to wilt. Add a pinch of sugar to help the browning process. Continue cooking, lowering the heat if needed to keep the onions from burning. Cook unitl golden. Keep warm.

Meanwhile, add another splash of olive oil to a second skillet. Cut each sausage in half lengthwise (my preference to make eating easier). Over medium to medium high heat, brown the sausages on both sides until a nice color develops.

Slather the Creole mayo onto the bread. Add a bed of lettuce, alligator sausage, and top with a pile of caramelized onions.

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  1. That picture of the boy and Troy Landry is priceless. A keeper photo for sure! It's funny you mentioned Swamp People because I've seen it a handful of times and often wondered if you all liked it or if you felt frustrated with the stereotypes and all.

    That's one good lookin' po' boy! I've had gator bites and gator jerky, but never gator sausage. I'd happily eat it if I could get my hands on it though. I'm making that creole mayo for sure. I have just enough creole mustard left :)

  2. I love it when you meet a celeb in person and they are just as nice as you'd always hoped. The Boy looks SO HAPPY. Love that.

  3. We like that show, too, and isn't your boy cute w/that big smile spread on his face. Oh, and alligator does taste like chicken-just sayin'

  4. I don't watch "Swamp People" (but I might start now), but I have watched True Blood on HBO. I know, I know....it's a silly vampire show, BUT I do love the setting--in LA. And once in a while they throw in a good Cajun Accent. I love that.
    I would try the alligator po' boys. I'm game for anything.
    And yes...your boy is the cutest thing ever!

  5. Don't think I've ever had gator sausage. Sounds great!

  6. We don't get Swamp People here, sigh. But I did get to try some 'gater in South Carolina years ago. Ah, well you get what you can.

  7. What a lovely picture of your son - he looks so pleased to meet Mr Landry. Sadly we don't get Swamp People on television in the UK, but I'll keep my eye open for it when we are in the US in a couple of weeks. I didn't realise alligator were made into sausage - I'd be very interested to try one of those Po Boy sandwiches! I really enjoyed reading this post - thank you for sharing it with the Gallery.

  8. Troy got me teary eyed last season before his luck changed - not too good on names but I like the one with the dog and did I ever get torn up when he took off and scared every one of us, I thought he was a goner... Your boy is gonna be a good one, just reading of his ways, ya'll are doing a fine job in rearing a young man on southerly ways... give yourself a pat on the back..
    now, have a blast in NOLA, Happy Mardi Gras and for Lord sakes, be careful.... but while you are there, eat a few and down a couple for me... and catch until your bag is full...

  9. Gator sausages sound interesting. Thanks for sharing with Simply Delish.

  10. Looks tasty to me! I've tasted gator before and it's really good. I'd love gator sausages! Thanks for linking to Foodie Friday! Not Your Ordinary Agent
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  11. Ok....I keep hearing about Swamp People and haven't watched it yet. But I love fried gator, so I know I would love it made into sausage. Not Cajun but almost everything I make has Tony C's in it. Texan....that is close, right?

  12. this is all new information to me!! I never heard of swamp people or alligator sausages...I learn something new everyday!!
    i am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.

  13. Thanks for linking this in to Food on Friday. Have a great week.


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