You’re probably thinking that it’s way too hard to make really good doughnuts at home, but in fact you can make incredibly delicious doughnuts in less time than it would take to drive to the doughnut shop! The kids will love to decorate them with their favorite sprinkles after dipping them in the chocolate glaze.
Yield: 18 to 24 doughnuts, depending on the size of your cutter
The Vietnamese version of egg rolls is slightly different from its Chinese cousin. Rather than being stuffed with meat and cabbage, they’re filled with a combination of pork, shrimp, and cellophane noodles. They’re traditionally made with rice paper wrappers, which gives them a light, crispy skin. The rice paper wrappers can be a little difficult to work with because they have a tendency to bubble up while frying, but they’re well worth the effort. If you are unable to find rice paper wrappers, you can use the egg roll or spring roll wrappers sold in the supermarket, but note that the texture will be completely different.
Fish tacos are always a hit—whether served from taco trucks, roadside shacks, your neighborhood Mexican restaurant, or the comfort of your own home. Crispy battered fish make the best tacos—look for the freshest fish you can find. A flaky whitefish such as grouper, cod, haddock, or flounder works best.
Every spring, in the Lakeview neighborhood of New Orleans, thousands flock to the Greek Fest. There you can dance until weary, toast your dance partner with ouzo, and enjoy spit-roasted lamb, spanakopita, Greek salads, moussaka, baklava sundaes, and something they call “Greek Fries.” In this version, the crisp fries are sprinkled with Greek herbs, lemon zest, crushed red pepper, and a just-right amount of salty feta cheese.
In Southeast Louisiana, folks take boudin, our beloved pork and rice sausage, remove it from its casing, and form it into balls that are then breaded and deep-fried. People go crazy for these boudin balls especially at festivals like Jazz Fest when you want something delicious and bite sized to keep you going throughout the day.
Recently featured on Emeril's Florida: Kissimmee, although The Catfish Place is actually located in neighboring central St. Cloud, Florida. The Catfish Place is one of St. Cloud's favorite places to dine and these hush puppies are no laughing matter!