IT’S FAT TUESDAY

Mardi Gras means Fat Tuesday.  This tradition is a Roman festival or holiday that honors Lupercalia and Saturnalia.  Christians incorporated Mardi Gras into the Lenten season.  Eat up today, for it should be the last day of eating rich fatty foods till Easter.  The first day of Lent is tomorrow Ash Wednesday.

CRAWFISH BEIGNETS

1 egg, 1 pound crawfish tails, cooked, 5 green onions,1/2 tablespoon red onions, 2 teaspoons salted butter, melted, 1/2 teaspoon Cajun seasoning salt,1 teaspoon cayenne,  1/4 cup self-rising flour, 2 tablespoons rice flour, oil for frying.

Buy a 1 pound bag of frozen crawfish tails thaw in cool water.  Rinse and set aside.  Get out a cutting board, chop the crawfish tails, green ions, and red onions set them aside., Get out a bowl, add the egg, and beat the egg.  Add the crawfish, red onions, 4 green ion stalks, butter, salt, and 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne, mix well.  Mix the self-rising and rice flour.  Gradually add the flour to the crawfish mixture until you have a batter.  Scoop out a heaping tablespoon of the batter into a ball a little larger than a golf ball.  Refrigerate the balls for at least 30minutes.  Get out a heavy skillet, add the oil, and heat 370-375 degrees.  Add the balls to the hot oil and fry until golden brown.

DIPPING SAUCE

1 cup mayonnaise, 1/4 cup tomato jam, 3 tablespoons mustard, 1/4 teaspoon creamy horseradish, 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes.  Get out a bowl, add the mayonnaise and jam, mix well.  Add the remaining ingredients serve with beignets.

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