Top 5 Mardi Gras Recipes

The Best recipes for Mardi Gras

We have been to many Mardi Gras celebrations in our travels. My husband went to a crawfish festival in Gillette WY before I started joining him on the road. He was out there building our nations biggest Power plant. I was so jealous that he got to go without me a few months later I decided that I was going to start traveling with him. That same year we attended a Mardi Gras Festival in the streets of Deadwood South Dakota. It was so much fun but none of this compared to the southern experience of Mardi Gras that we were able to be a part of when we were working in SETX building one of our nations biggest fuel refineries.

Crawfish Etouffee for Mardi Gras

With this recipe PMGK had me at Crawfish. Add in one of his amazing sauces and you are in for a real treat. I’ve been calling him the sauce man for years. He knows his sauces and with this dish he has taken traditional Etouffee to the next level. If you don’t already know what I mean you need to make this recipe for Mardi Gras. You’ll soon be calling him the sauce man too.

Bourbon Chicken for Mardi Gras

Bourbon Chicken is a dish named after Bourbon Street in New Orleans, Louisiana and for the bourbon whiskey ingredient. The dish is commonly found at Cajun style and Chinese restaurants. When we were living in the south we ventured into Louisiana a few times. For some good food and some gambling. The horse races and the buffets were a few of our must haves. Southern food is like nothing else and the people are such a breath of fresh air. Plus, it was only 20 minutes from where we were living so we couldn’t pass up the experience.


Jambalaya for Mardi Gras

What I love about Jambalaya is that you can just throw all the ingredients in one pot and it comes out with such a great flavor and ready to dish up. It’s so simple anyone can make this recipe. Plus, sausage and shrimp all in one dish. Whoever came up with this idea is a genius.

Oysters Rockefeller for Mardi Gras

My favorite thing about Oysters besides eating them, of course, is shucking them. I’ll admit I was intimidated when I was helping PMGK shuck these for the video but after the first two, I felt like a pro. I’ll never be even half the cook he is but he really makes it seem so easy. When I’m in the kitchen with him I feel empowered like I can make any dish. When you’re done preparing a recipe like his Oysters Rockefeller you’ll wonder how you managed to pull off making something so fabulous. Your guest will also be in awe.

Crawfish for Mardi Gras

We Chose this Crawfish video for the top five for a few reasons. It’s our newest crawfish video and most people don’t have access to live crawfish. We really do recommend getting them live if you can. The experience is what it’s all about. Just watch my daughter and husband in this video it’s priceless. We’ve had some really good times showing the little ones how to prepare live crawfish. We have caught them ourselves in the gulf coast and we’ve been able to buy them live at amazing deals. Once we got such a good deal on a bag that was way more crawfish than we needed. We made half the bag and used my resources from my side business to sell the rest. We had them in the bath tub to keep them alive until the person came to pick them up but they were such a good deal they were sold within the hour. This is what PMGK is all about. Using what you have to make cooking and eating not only a Gourmet experience but also a fun one.

Are you ready for your Mardi Gras party?

If we’ve helped you decide what you’re going to make for your celebrations then we’ve done our job. If you’re still undecided I’d like to make just one more suggestion that didn’t make the list. Boudin. I tried it for the first time when we were in the south and I fell in love. It has such a unique flavor that you just can’t find anywhere else. To me it’s not Mardi Gras without it.

Top 5 Slow Cooker Recipes

This will very soon become your families favorite meal too!

My Favorite PMGK Slow Cooker Meal

The slow cooker is a busy parents best friend. I know if I wasn’t married, to the most amazing cook out there, that I would be using mine all the time. While Mr. PMGK was working on this top 5 list, I told him that this Chicken and Gravy recipe was my favorite of the 5. I told him I wished that he would make it more often. His response was, you know the recipe(as I shook my head and gave him the look). Everyone knows by now, I do not cook and why would I? I have him!

Slow Cooker Roast Beef always reminds me of Sunday dinners

Slow Cooker Dinners Made Easy

I can recognize the smell of Roast Beef in the crock pot anywhere. To this day the smell makes my mouth water. Very often growing up I’d wake up to the yummy smell Sunday mornings. If I was lucky I could pull a taste from the pot without someone noticing but with caution. If my mom caught me, it’d be a slap on the hand for sure. When you grow up in a home with 13 children, one crock pot full of meat is hardly enough to go around.

There is nothing little about these “lil smokies”!

Slow cooker recipes make Big Flavor meals

These lit’l smokies are so amazing! They have so much flavor. What I like best about them is that you can throw them in the crock pot and forget about them. Before you now it they’re done. They are my favorite to prepare when I have people over or when we’re making a meal that is going to take a while. No one is ever waiting around hungry for dinner if we make these to snack on while they wait.

Chili no beans

Slow Cooker Chili no Beans

Don’t get me wrong this recipe is great but when I hear the word chili followed by the word no beans, my first thought is, “no beans?” When I think chili, I think beans! I’m Hispanic and we most definitely love our beans. However, Chili no beans are so good for so many things. They are my absolute favorite on chili cheese dogs. If you make a crock pot full of these for a party it will be gone before you now it. My husbands first intention, when he created this recipe, was to use this as a filling for fast food style tacos and burritos.

Kalua Pork Fries are a PMGK classic that I just can’t get enough of!
Slow Cooker Kalua Pork

Kalua is Hawaiian for barbecue and it’s traditionally cooked slow and low buried in the ground. Today’s technology, however, has changed drastically and allows us to use appliances like an oven or a Slow Cooker. PMGK makes Kalua Pork both ways. Either way it turns out perfect and so tender! There are benefits to cooking this dish either way. If we don’t want leftovers, we make it in the crock pot and just use a small butt roast instead of a full shoulder. If we want left overs, there are a lot of pulled pork style recipes that whole pork shoulder is good for. For example: My absolute favorite Kalua Pork recipe is our classic Kalua Pork Fries. If you haven’t tried them yet you are truly missing out but it doesn’t end there. My husband has posted Kalua Pork Burritos, Tamales and another recipe to cook the whole shoulder roast in the oven.

The top 5 best Slow Cooker Meals ever!
Are you excited to use your Slow Cooker yet?

If I haven’t gotten you excited about trying these recipes or at least using your crock pot a little more then I don’t know what will! What are you waiting for? Watch the new video above and let’s get started making dinner a whole lot easier and so much more delicious!

YouTube’s Top 10 Recipes from PMGK

PMGK’s Top 10 Recipes

How in the world could I possibly narrow down and decide what I think the Top 10 Recipes are, out of everything that I have filmed and posted?  Well, it’s easier than you think but just cracking off the top of my head, my personal favorites, isn’t going to cut it.  In fact, I’m almost certain, that your favorite recipes aren’t going to be the same as mine, by any measure.  So I decided to look at my statistics and take the pull of the most popular videos on my YouTube Channel.  And, wouldn’t you know it, the exact same results reflected on my website as well.  So, let’s take a look at the final results, together:

#10 of my Top 10 Recipes

This is my Lamb Chops with Aju recipe and it starts out with a quick trim of the fat, on a Frenched Rack of Lamb, then seasoned and seared on the stove.  It’s finished in the oven and topped with an Aju made from the leftover lamb crust in the pan.  I highly recommend this recipe as well as my Garlic Crusted Rack of Lamb, if you’d like another choice.

#9 of my Top 10 Recipes

This is beautiful Texas Style Beef Brisket.  Not only do I show you how to make this in your oven, with incredible results, I give you a fantastic rub recipe.  And this Brisket is so juicy and tender, you’ll swear a professional world champion expert cooked it for you.  But keep your eye out for my Tri Tip recipe coming out this next week, because I show you how to tweak this rub for that with similar results.

#8 of my Top 10 Recipes

This Steakhouse style Salted Baked Potato recipe is delicious and it’s so easy to prepare.  The most important part of this recipe is cleaning and seasoning the outside of the peal to insure you get that potato skin tasty.  And I show you how to do that so that it will compliment whatever toppings you decide to load on top.

#7 of my Top 10 Recipes

This is my Seared Salt and Pepper Ahi Tuna recipe.  It’s very easy to prepare and I give the ingredients to make a Wasabi Vinaigrette as well.  This is a great appetizer.  It can be served, as is, on a plate with the dipping sauce or topped over your favorite green salad, tossed with the vinaigrette as a dressing.

#6 of my Top 10 Recipes

This is my Potato Bomb Mini’s recipe.  And if you’ve ever made full size Potato Bombs on the grill or baked in your oven, then you know how tasty these can be.  I just show you how to make a smaller version with waxy potatoes.   I show you how to core the potatoes, stuff them with Mozzarella cheese and wrap them in bacon.  These can be cooked on the grill or in the oven.

#5 of my Top 10 Recipes

This is my Steamed Clams recipe.  Though this recipe ranks #5 on my channel, it is the #1 clam recipe on YouTube.  I use Littleneck Clams that are cooked to perfection and I show you how to make a garlic and butter clam broth that drowns the clams when they are finished.  I highly recommend adopting this recipe the next time your in the mood for fresh clams.

#4 of my Top 10 Recipes

This is my Garlic Mushrooms and Onions recipe and it is awesome.  These can be served on the side to compliment, practically, any dish; especially steak.  I also show you a fun alternative that is baked over the top of Texas Toast and cheese.  Give this a try the next time you need a vegetable side.

#3 of my Top 10 Recipes

This my Lobster Tail with Claws recipe.  It’s one of the best tutorials to watch if you’ve never learned how to prepare a raw lobster tail from scratch.  In comes in at #3 of the most popular recipes on my channel and website but it’s in the top 3 recipes on YouTube if you search Lobster Tails.  I also show you how to season and properly broil your tails as good as any seafood or steakhouse restaurant.

#2 of my Top 10 Recipes

This is one of the best Crispy Fried Shrimp recipes out there.  It’s a Southern style recipe that is currently the #1 fried shrimp recipe on all of YouTube and it has been for quite some time.  I show you how to peel your shrimp and how to prepare a semi spicy egg wash with a seasoned flour mix that gets the shrimp extra crispy after they are fried.  If you love fried shrimp, this is the recipe for you.  It’s also great in my Firecracker Shrimp recipe or what some people call, “Bang Bang Shrimp.”

#1 of my Top 10 Recipes

This Mongolian Beef recipe isn’t just the most popular video on my channel, it’s the #1 Mongolian beef recipe on all of YouTube.  I show you how to thinly slice the beef and the secret to getting the meat crispy when it’s fried.  But be sure to get the exact ingredients for the sauce here on the website because I don’t divulge all of the liquids mixed in with the soy sauce in the video.  This recipe can be used with chicken too, if you prefer, and I also use this sauce with my Mongolian Beef Ribs.

And there you have it; the Top 10 Recipes and most popular videos from my YouTube channel and website.  Be sure to check back for future posts and recipes.