I am very excited to announce my very first guest blogger– Lady Sazarac!
This dear friend of mine hails from the steamy south, calling New Orleans home and always dishing up the most mouth-watering recipes when she visits us here in Detroit. Her dinner parties are legendary…
And, like the rest of us, she prefers cooking on a budget.
Though none of us really need a reason to earn ourselves a hangover, there is a festival happening in her hometown that inspired the delicious dish she has so generously elected to share with us. Here is a bit about French Quarter Fest from the lovely Lady Sazarac herself:
While most people are familiar with our heavily marketed festival of debauchery and excess, Mardi Gras, only those in the know come for the Annual French Quarter Festival, a three day celebration of all things New Orleans. Dozens of stages, hundreds of musicians, food vendors lined up on every block, and thousands of people in linen, seer sucker and floppy hats roaming the streets of the French Quarter sipping tasty tasty adult beverages. And it’s all free. Best weekend ever. In honor of the festivities this weekend, please enjoy my following mini dissertation on the greatest of New Orleans traditions, the hungover, far too big a bar tab breakfast.
So, without further ado I invite you to devour her words (and recipe!)
Hi! I’m Molly Stewarts friend Lady Sazerac and I live in the butter and spice drenched world that is New
Orleans. New Orleanians are known for our love of strong beverage and rich food, and often I find that
grocery money is far better spent on a bar tab, so I’d like to share with you one of my all time favorite
hangover curing foods.
When Yankees have a bit too much, they wake up and think fish is a great idea for breakfast and
have bagels and lox. In the dirty south, we like spice and grease. One of the top traditional New
Orleans hangover breakfasts is called Yakamein, a spicy, greasy, savory stew, made out of super
cheap ingredients, and easy to cook in a crock pot. Traditionally served from corner stores or food
carts, Yakamein is such a staple of the New Orleans food world that the “Yakamein Lady” herself Miss
Linda Green was featured by Anthony Bourdain, and won the Food network show chopped. (This is her!)
You will need:
- A medium sized, super cheap beef roast, with or without bone. You’ll be boiling this thing for hours, so go with the cheapest cut you can find, and make sure it has plenty of fat. If it’s not fatty enough add some bacon to the pot.
- One small can tomato paste
- Garlic (fresh if you can)chopped
- One small onion chopped
- Bay leaves
- Black pepper
- Red pepper
- Spaghetti noodles
- A hard boiled egg or two
- Dried shrimp and green onion, cajun seasoning, soysauce, and a splash of vegetable oil if you like
Put the meat right in the crock pot. Don’t even brown it. Wash your hands. Pour yourself a drink. Throw
in a few bay leaves. Add the onion. Now one or two cloves of chopped garlic. A healthy sprinkle of salt.
Some black pepper. A little bit more red pepper than you think you should. Add the can of tomato paste.
Cover the whole thing in water. Turn the crock pot on. Go out drinking.
Let it cook all night. By the time you get home from the bar it will smell amazing. Stir it, but don’t eat it
yet. Wait til morning.
Wake up. Make coffee. Drink a bloody mary. Make a big pot of spaghetti noodles. Take a few forks and
stab at the meat in the crock pot until it shreds. Ladle some of that beefy spicy greasy stew over your
spaghetti noodles. Put a hard boiled egg on top. Add some hot sauce. Slurp and enjoy.
Protein, spice, carbs and grease. The sublime beauty of a complete meal in a cup, made from scratch.
Plus, this will make enough to feed you for multiple hangovers, and freezes well. (I suppose this would
also make an awesome dinner or lunch)
Thank you so much for contributing, Lady S, I look forward to many more edible entries from you! All my love to you and your beautiful city.
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