Happy Mardi Gras! Those who have witnessed the creeptastic wonder that is American Horror Story: Coven will remember that the setting of New Orleans, LA can be a character all on it’s own. In celebration of Mardi Gras and American Horror Story: Coven, The Cantina Scene has put together a festive meal that feels like witchcraft.
Madison’s Bus Crash
A few subtle changes to a traditional Hurricane recipe leaves a storm in it’s wake. Like angering Madison Montgomery, drinking one of these can be disastrous. The recipe makes about 10 servings, so make sure to have plenty of friends on hand and pace yourself.
You Will Need:
- A pitcher
- Large glasses
- 12 ounces light rum
- 12 ounces dark rum (make sure it is dark and not spiced)
- 5 ounces blue curacao
- 10 ounces grenadine or passion fruit syrup (passion fruit is traditional)
- 10 ounces fresh orange juice
- 10 ounces sour mix or fresh lime juice
- 3 Tbs superfine sugar
- 1 large orange cut into slices
- Mix all ingredients into a pitcher and stir to dissolve sugar. Pour into tall glasses with ice and garnish with orange slices.
Marie Laveau’s Gumbo
Leave out the fish heads for this one and be prepared to let it sit. This tastes even better when recouping from a Mardi Gras hangover.
You Will Need:
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1 green pepper chopped
- 1 medium onion chopped
- 4 minced garlic cloves
- 1 Tbsp cajun seasoning
- 1 quart chicken stock
- 1 cup water
- 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- Smoke andouille sausage cut into 1/4 inch rounds
- 2 pounds of pre-cooked shrimp
- 2 chopped up chicken skinless chicken breasts
- salt and pepper to taste
- (a fish head if you must)
- A large pot
- A smaller pot.
Heat the vegetable oil in a thick bottom pot on medium heat. Whisk in the flour and stir almost constantly to grab the flour fromt he bottom of the pan. Let this cook until it is the color of peanut butter. Lower the heat to medium-low and continue whisking until it is the color of an old penny. This can take a while, much like a good spell.
Mix in the green pepper and onion. Cook for five minutes, stirring often. Add in the garlic and cook another 2 minutes. Add cajun seasoning.
In the smaller pot, heat up the water and chicken stock until it starts to steam. Add this to the onion roux mixture in a steady stream, stirring constantly so the roux doesn’t start to chunk up. Bring to a simmer and add the Worcestershire sauce and chicken and simmer gently for 30 minutes.
Stir in the sausage and shrimp for about 5 minutes, or until heated through. Serve alone or with white rice. I promise you that if you let this sit for a day, it tastes even better.
What is a good Southern meal without cornbread? This recipe is easy to put together and looks beautiful when baked in a cast iron skillet.
You Will Need:
- 2 cups ground cornmeal
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1 beaten egg
- 4 Tbsp unsalted butter
- 1 1/2 cups sour cream
- 4 Tbsp honey
- 2 Large bowls
- Glass baking dish
Preheat the oven to 400 degree Fahrenheit. Grease a glass baking dish with butter or spray and set aside. Combine cornmeal, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in the large bowl. In another bowl, combine the egg, butter, sour cream and honey. Add this to the dry ingredients. Do not overmix. Pour mixture into the pan. Bake for 25 minutes. Decorate with honey and butter to your heart’s content.
Cordelia’s King Cake
About this time of year, the brightly colored King Cake makes it’s return to New Orleans and the surrounding South. Traditionally, the King Cake includes a small plastic baby hidden inside to bring luck to the finder. In honor of Cordelia’s storyline, we have left aside the baby
You Will Need:
For the Cake
- 2 packages of active dry yeast
- 1/2 cup warm water
- 2 Tbs white sugar
- Additional 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1/4 cup butter
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
- 4 cups flour
- Baking Sheet
- Two large bowls, one small one
- Rolling pin
- Wax paper
- Plastic wrap
- Green, Gold and Purple sugar crystals (for decorating)
For the Brown Sugar Filling
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 TBs cinnamon
- 1/2 cup melted butter
- 1/2 cup pecans
For the Cream Cheese Filling
- 1 (8oz) package of cream cheese
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 cups shifted powdered sugar
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- 1tsp almond flavor
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
For the Cake:
In a large bowl dissolve the two packets of yeast in the 1/2 cups of warm water with 2 tsp of sugar. Stir lightly and let this sit for 10 minutes. It will start to look bubbly. In a small bowl, microwave the milk so that it is hot but not boiling. Add in the butter and stir together until melted. It helps to cut the butter up into cubes first so it melts faster. Pour into the bowl with the yeast. Mix in the eggs, sugar, salt and nutmeg. Mix in flour. Coat another bowl with vegetable oil and put the dough inside. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside for two hours in a warm place.
The filling are the easiest parts. I’ve included recipes for two different types depending on taste. If you’re like me, you can combine the two and try to be crazy. It works better to just do one however. For the fillings, mix the ingredients well and set aside.
Here’s where it gets a little more like witchcraft. Preheat the oven t0 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Divide the now risen dough into two equal parts. Turn each half onto wax paper with a dusting of flour to keep it from sticking. Use the rolling pin to roll each out into a rectangle (about 16 inches long). Put the filling mix along one side. Use the wax paper to roll the dough into a tube. Turn it so the seam is on the bottom. Form in a circle and press the ends together. Repeat with other half and the rest of the filling mix. Bake for 25-30 minutes until lightly browned.
Mix frosting ingredients together and pour over the slightly cooled cake. Sprinkle immediately with colored sugar.
Accept your place as the next Supreme.
Notes from Fiona’s Book of Shadows:
- This meal is a bit more labor intensive than previous meals. The Kingcake was an adventure that took me all evening. The gumbo had to sit for a while.
- The Bus Crash is possibly the most potent meal I’ve made for the Cantina Scene. I was only able to drink a small amount, and waited until after I had cooked to do so.
- The meal ran about 45$ without alcohol, due to expensive ingredients like shrimp. Keep this in mind and make it a special treat meal.
- This is not a low calorie meal.
American Horror Story: Coven is available on Amazon Prime, DVD and BluRay. All Hail the Supreme!
The Cantina Scene is a monthly column written by Victoria Irwin featuring a nerd themed meal that you can pass off to your non -nerdy friends and family. All meals are designed to be done inexpensively, so you’re not breaking the bank. We would love to hear your ideas for themes, recipes, and plans to take over the world. Email [email protected]