Each time I take a trip to New Orleans I become more and more infatuated with the food there, and the people in general, but really the food. It’s some of the best food I’ve ever eaten in my entire life. ENTIRE LIFE. Yes that might be the biggest statement I’ve probably said in my 25 years of living, but it’s also the most truest sentence I’ll ever say. If you were to ask me what my favorite dish/meal/restaurant has been, I’d go through a series of complicated but meticulously thought out reactions. My first would be a slap to your face (from pure shock of course). The next stage would be me calling you crazy. You’ve lost your mind. I can’t pick just one thing to be my all-time favorite. That’s madness! Madness I tell you! An impossible feat. I’d then probably just pick something because the pressure would eventually get to me. No need to hold a gun to my head, I’ll choose. You win.
I’ve basically eaten my way through the entire city and I have no regrets. Except maybe not eating seconds of everything. The one thing though that completed my life when I first tried it, since you’re forcing me to pick and all, would be red beans and rice. It’s insanely delicious and yet ridiculously simple. You’d think that my favorite dish would be super fancy and have all these exotic ingredients like truffles and caviar and what not, but no. That’s not the case at all. This dish sums up my taste and what I prefer in my regular day to day life. A combination of simple ingredients and flavors coming together to create something out of this world. Sure it’s a wee bit time consuming, but how else are you supposed to get all of that punch-you-in-the-mouth flavor?
If I’m going on and on about one dish, it’s because it’s that good. If you’ve had it before and love it just as much as I do, step right up to the front and give me a virtual hi-five because you’re my new best friend. If you’ve tried it and didn’t care for the dish, let’s not talk about it. I’ll pretend like you didn’t just break my heart. Perhaps though you haven’t had a plate of finger-licking red beans and rice yet. You know what I think? I think you should give it a go and try making it for yourself. You might be surprised what a star you can be in the kitchen with this dish. I couldn’t give you a simple recipe though, you know me well enough by now to not expect that. Instead, I wanted to crank things up a notch by turning my favorite cajun dish into my new favorite appetizer with these red beans and rice empanadas. It’s everything you didn’t know you wanted.