“The Gumbo Bros” Beignets & Crawfish Mac and Cheese

February 13th 2018

Beignets

1 envelope (or 7 grams) dry active yeast

½ Cup sugar

1.5 cups warm water

3 eggs

1/4 cup shortening

1 cup whole milk

½ teaspoon salt

6.5 cups AP flour

Canola oil

Powdered Sugar

 

 

  • In a mixing bowl add warm water, combine yeast and sugar. Stir vigorously until yeast and sugar dissolve and let sit for 10 minutes to let the yeast activate and bubble.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk and salt until smooth
  • Add the yeast mixture to the egg mixture and whisk together. Add the shortening and then add slowly start adding your flour into the mix until it incorporates evenly.
  • Remove the dough from the bowl and knead it over a clean, floured cutting board. Knead the dough until it forms a solid ball and then stop, cover and let it rest for at least 2 hours to proof at room temperature.
  • Once the dough has proofed, remove and roll out onto a clean, floured, surface. Roll out the dough to about ¼” thickness and cut to your desired size (we use 2×2”)
  • Carefully drop the beignets into a cast iron skillet or deep fryer set to 350 F, flip the donuts occasionally to cook both sides until golden brown
  • Remove from the oil to drain for a few moments, plate and liberally sprinkle with powdered sugar
  • Enjoy!

 

 

Crawfish Mac & Cheese

 

4 cups macaroni

3 tea spoons powdered crab boil

¼ cup butter

¼ cup AP Flour

4 cups milk

4 cups cheddar

1 cup parmesan

1 lb cooked Louisiana crawfish tails

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon hot sauce

 

 

  • Bring a small pot of water to a boil and sprinkle in the crab boil powder, drop in macaroni and cook until al dente and then drain (Do not overcook pasta)
  • In another small pot, melt the butter over medium heat and slowly stir in the flour to make a roux. Stir continuously for two minutes to make a light roux and cook out the raw flour taste.
  • Slowly add milk and bring up to a simmer. Stir in the cheeses until they melt into the sauce and cut the heat
  • Combine pasta, cheese sauces, crawfish, salt and hot sauce. Mix thoroughly and pour in to a greased baking pan.
  • Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 350 for 30 minutes until the mac & cheese sets to your desired texture
  • Enjoy!

 

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