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Curious Southern Cook on a journey to learn...and to create exceptional dining experiences. I love entertaining and preparing food for loved ones & friends and sharing those experiences with others. My wish is that you will be fed too. Bon Appetite!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Who Dat?

Well it finally got here...Football Season.  One of my favorite entertaining canvases is a televised football game where friends and family gather to support "our" teams...the New Orleans Saints and LSU Tigers.  Last night was the first regular season Saints game, against the Packers.  Despite the loss... Neil, Sara, all of our walking buddies and I had a big time cheering them on.  What's a football game without game food?  (Silence)  So you would have to agree, not as enjoyable.  It's fun coming up with new recipes, especially themed ones, so here are a couple that I created for last night and will make again.  Enjoy... and Geaux Saints and Tigers!

Who Dat Salsa - (Homage to the Black and Gold)

2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed
1 yellow onion, diced medium
1 pineapple, peeled, cored and cut into tidbits
1 mango, peeled and diced medium
1 jalapeno pepper (for mild), seeded and finely diced (2 for medium, 3 for hot)
2 limes, juiced
½ teaspoon garlic powder
Salt to taste

Add all ingredients into a bowl and stir until thoroughly incorporated (careful not to mash the beans).  Salt to taste.  Chill at least 30 minutes.  Serve with your favorite chips.
Suggested additional ingredients: canned corn kernels (drained) and/or yellow bell pepper, diced medium.

Fleur Dats


1 package frozen puff pastry (2 sheets), defrosted
Cooking spray
Granulated sugar

Preheat oven to 400 degrees
Lay 1 sheet of puff pastry on a lightly floured board and roll it out to 10 by 12 inches.  Take decorative cookie cutter of choice (of course I used a fleur de lis) and cut out shapes, place on parchment paper lined baking sheet.  Spray each pastry with cooking spray and lightly dust with granulated sugar.  Repeat with other puff pastry sheet.  Bake until golden brown, about 20 minutes. 

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