Feb 24, 2014

Mardi Gras 2014 {Singing Shrimp and a Parade}

It's my favorite time of year!

We spent this past weekend in New Orleans catching some parades and I'm eagerly waiting to run Cajun style Mardi Gras for my second year.  Hopefully my knees will hold out.  I'm not gonna lie--it's pretty rough.

I thought I'd kick off this year's Mardi Gras with a recipe from Marcelle Bienvenu, queen of Cajun cookin', and some parade pictures.

Singing Shrimp | Ms. enPlace

The recipe for singing shrimp is versatile.  It can be served on toast points, in puff pastry, or over pasta as a sauce.
Singing Shrimp | Ms. enPlace

I went with puff pastry because...well...puff pastry.
Singing Shrimp | Ms. enPlace

I loved the flavors in this: garlic, green onion (which I have a serious crush on), mushrooms, shrimp, and brandy.

It was the kind of appetizer that looks like million bucks (not based on my photos though), but is barely any trouble to make.
Singing Shrimp | Ms. enPlace

The recipe can be found at the New Orleans WWOZ 90.7 FM website

I made the following changes:
* Reduced the butter by half.  If serving over pasta, I would keep the whole stick
* Added extra green onion because I'm pretty darn tight with green onion
* Mostly sure I added extra brandy because brandy never did me wrong
* If serving in mini pastry cups like I did, chop the mushrooms and shrimp pretty small so they'll fit (mine barely did)

Now that the food's been brought out, it's time to party.

One of my favorite parades is the Scott parade.  (Scott, LA is located west of Lafayette, LA)
It is family-oriented...a good parade for kids to catch a lot of beads, doubloons, cups, stuffed animals, etc.
check out all the beads coming off of this float.
 I also like that it's a New Orleans style parade with beaucoup Cajun flair.
Canaille (Kuh-nye) is a Cajun term meaning mischievous or sneaky.
Also, the riders on this float are wearing traditional Cajun Mardi Gras costumes.

Krewe Des Amis = Krewe of Friends

 Cajun ingenuity?

*These pictures are from the 2013 Scott Parade.  I'm always a year behind when it comes to Mardi Gras.  When I said earlier that it's rough, I meant it!

Need more Mardi Gras?
Praline Galette des Rois
Corn Maque Chou Dip
Blueberry King Cake
Need more shrimp?
Shrimp Creole Calas w/ Lemony Garlic Mayo
Blackened Bacon Shrimp on Cheesy Garlic Grits
Shrimp Salad Stuffed Tomatoes
Linking with:
Feeding BigThe 21st Century Housewife Hearth and Soul Blog Hop
Full Time MamaMiz Helen’s Country Cottage
Jam Hands
My Turn for us
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  1. If you do the run, pictures NEED to be taken of you...and posted! Waiting eagerly!

    1. Scarlett, I'll have pics later in the week from last year. My mom and dad came out and took pics. This year there will be no pictures b/c my whole family is involved. But I'm running!

  2. Delicious, Love those parades, Madigras are one of my favorite festival.

  3. Never heard of this shrimp recipe. Will have to give it a try in the Bayou Woman test kitchen! Great post, by the way!

  4. I would love to celebrate Mardi Gras in New Orleans someday. Seems like so much fun. These shrimp look amazing Michelle! Thanks for sharing at Simple Supper Tuesday.

  5. Thanks for linking up at The Four Seasons Blog Hop! Sandra from Scrumptilicious 3 You!

  6. Hi Michelle,
    It's Mardi Gras Time, wish I was there to enjoy the fun! Your Singing Shrimp looks fantastic! Thank you so much for sharing this awesome post with Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend!
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  7. oh my goodness I love green onion too! The shrimp looks fabulous! Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friday

  8. These are so simple to make, but they look fancy! Thank you for linking to the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you next time.

  9. So why do they call it "singing" shrimp? Just curious. :D
    I'm not a seafood person, but puff pastry... Yum. :)
    Thanks for linking up a second recipe to DDT!!!! You're awesome!!


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