Tomorrow is Mardi Gras! While you won’t find any parades on Main Street in Starkville, plenty of our local restaurants and hot spots will be happy to contribute some spice to the party. We sent our intern, Jordan Lear, on a Fat Tuesday reconnaissance mission to find a few Cajun favorites for the occasion. Her visit to The Veranda hit the jackpot.
Since 2003, The Veranda has served it’s Starkville guests with true Southern hospitality and seasonal fresh ingredients. The menu offers an eclectic selection including Angus steaks, fresh fish and soul food Blue Plate lunches. It also features a few Mardi Gras-inspired dishes year-round. We spoke with owner and chef, Jay Yates, and he’s pulling out all the stops to let the good times roll. In addition to jamabalya, crawfish etouffe, gumbo, red beans and rice, & boudin balls, Chef Jay is also offering made-to-order King Cake! Drink specials in the bar as well as brass band and dixieland jazz playing throughout the evening make The Veranda a great choice for your Mardi Gras! PLUS, Jay gave us his version of make-it-at-home Crawfish Etouffe so you can spice up your dinner any night!
ON THE MARDI GRAS MENU…
VERANDA’S CRAWFISH ETOUFFE
1/2 stick butter and 4 Tbsp flour
Cook in skillet until raw flour taste cooks out — approx 5 minutes
Hold for later.
1/2 cup each: celery, onion, bell pepper, green onion — finely diced
Saute in 2 sticks butter and 4 Tbsp Cajun seasoning until soft
Add 2 Tbsp fresh chopped garlic and cook 1 minute
Add 3 lbs crawfish with juice and 1 cup seafood or chicken stock
Bring to boil.
Blend in roux to thicken.
Add salt and cayenne pepper to taste.
Serve over white rice and douse with your favorite hot sauce.
Laissez les bon temps rouler!