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Café Reconcile is home to some of New Orleans’ best southern and soul food. Though your best bet is always to get it here in the Café, we thought you might like to try some of our recipes yourself at home. From time to time we’ll post a new recipe here. Cook a meal for your family, neighbors, or co-workers, tell them about our mission of reconciliation, and ask them to join our cause!

October 2015

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December 2014

Shrimp Creole »

There are a lot of different recipes for Shrimp Creole out there, but we hope you enjoy ours as much as we do!

Shrimp Creole

3 cups rice
6 cups water
1 tbs oil
1 tsp salt

1lb Shrimp
5c Your favorite tomato sauce – homemade OR from a jar
1 ½ c Yellow onion, small diced
½ c Green bell pepper, small diced
½ c Red bell pepper, small diced
1 tsp Garlic, minded
1tsp Thyme
1 Bay leaf
1c water
1 tbs cooking oil
1 tsp salt
Pinch Cayenne pepper


1. In a medium sized sauce pan, combine all ingredients.
2. Bring all to a rolling boil.
3. Cover, and reduce to a very low simmer.
4. Let cook undisturbed for 35 minutes, then remove from heat
5. Let stand for 5 minutes, still covered, before serving.

1. In a medium sized sauce pan, heat oil over medium high heat.
2. Add onion, bell peppers and cook until soft – or when onions start to become translucent.
3. Add shrimp to veggies and cook until pink.
4. Add in tomato sauce, garlic, thyme, bay leaf, salt, and water; stir until combined.
5. Simmer mixture until fragrant and thick, about 10 minutes.
6. Serve while hot, with half a cup of rice.

October 2014

Holiday Sweet Potato Pie »

Top off your Thanksgiving meal this year with this delicious sweet potato pie that everybody will be leaving room for.

Holiday Sweet Potatoe Pie

6 medium-to-large Louisiana sweet potatoes, peeled, boiled until soft, and mashed
1/2 stick butter, softened
1/2 cup milk
2 eggs
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 tablespoon pure vanilla
Sweet Potato Pie Crust (recipe follows)


Combine mashed sweet potatoes, butter, milk, eggs, sugar,
cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla. Mix until smooth. Set aside.

Sweet Potato Pie Crust

1 box 18.25-ounce box yellow cake mix
(without pudding)
1 egg
1/2 stick butter, softened
1/4 cup water
all-purpose flour, for binding and dusting


Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix together cake mix, egg, butter, and water until a soft dough is formed. Add
additional flour if needed till mixture is consistency of pie dough. Knead dough slightly, divide into quarters,
and roll each into a 10-inch disc.
For each pie, lay 1 disc into the bottom of a greased 10-inch pie pan. Spoon half of the sweet potato
mixture into each and spread evenly. Top each pie with one of the remaining discs of dough.
Bake until the top is golden brown, about 25 minutes. Serve hot or cold.

September 2014

Honey-Basted Chicken »

The sweet and savory taste of honey and red wine vinegar mixes perfectly with oregano, basil, and thyme leaves to make this month’s recipe a delicious fall classic.

Honey-Basted Chicken

1 cup of honey
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon thyme leaves
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons pepper
4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts


Preheat oven to 375ºF. Whisk together honey, vinegar, oil, lemon juice, garlic,
oregano, basil, thyme, salt, and pepper.
Toss with chicken and marinate for 4 to 12 hours in the refrigerator. Drain. Place
on baking sheet and cook for 30 to 35 minutes, until golden brown. Baste while

August 2014

Shrimp Mosca »

This delicious entree will leave you wanting more after the the first bite. The seasonings keep this dish light and compliments just about anything.

Shrimp Mosca
2 pounds large (21-30 count) Louisiana shrimp, peeled and deveined, with tails left on
3/4 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
3 bay leaves
6-10 cloves unpeeled garlic, mashed
1/2 cup dry white wine
French bread


Add the shrimp, oil, salt, pepper, oregano, rosemary, bay leaves, and garlic to a large skillet set over medium-high heat.
Cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 to 7 minutes until shrimp are pink and the liquid in the pan is nearly gone.
Reduce heat to medium-low and add the wine. Cook at a low simmer until the liquid is reduced by half, about 5 to 7 minutes.
Serve the shrimp hot with the pan juices. Use french bread to mop up the sauce.

July 2014

Shrimp and Black-eyed Pea Cakes »

This delicious twist on a couple southern classics brings a whole new bark to hush-puppies! Whip up a batch of these to go with any chicken or fish summer dish.



2 packages jalapeño hush puppy mix
1 pound small cooked shrimp,
roughly chopped
3 tablespoons pickled jalapeño peppers diced
2 cans black-eyed peas with juice
4 strips fried bacon roughly chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
Louisiana-style hot pepper sauce, to taste


Mix all ingredients until smooth. Refrigerate at least 2 hours to
make forming cakes easier. Form into 2×2-inch flat cakes and place
into 350ºF oil. Deep-fry or pan-fry approximately 3 to 4 minutes or
until golden brown. Serve with rémoulade sauce.

Rémoulade Sauce

1 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons chopped celery
1 teaspoon minced garlic
2 tablespoons chopped green onions
3 tablespoons ketchup
3 tablespoons Creole mustard
1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
salt and pepper, to taste


In a mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients and mix until incorporated. Season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate until chilled, about 15 minutes.

April 2014

Recipe of the Month: Sizzling Gambas al Pil Pil »

Try this surprisingly simple yet exotic sounding shrimp and pastry dish this April!

recipe shrimp


6 large puff pastry shells
salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
1/2 pound large (16–20 count) Gulf shrimp, peeled and deveined
(approximately 15 shrimp)
4 tablespoons olive oil
4 garlic cloves, finely minced
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon smoked Spanish paprika
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
4 tablespoons sherry
2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
chopped chives, for garnish


Preheat oven to 300°F. Bake pastry shells until pale golden, about 12 minutes.

Add the olive oil to a sauté pan over medium-high heat. Season shrimp with salt and black pepper and sauté until they just pink, about 1 to 2 minutes per side. Reduce heat to low. Add the garlic, red pepper flakes, and paprika and sauté for 1 minute until fragrant. Add lemon juice and sherry. Add parsley. Divide the shrimp evenly into pastry shells. Serve at once. Garnish with chives.

March 2014

Recipe of the Month: Papa’s Fried Catfish »

Do Friday Fish Fries make you want to fry your own catfish this Lent?

Try Papa’s recipe and you’ll be glad you did!



3 pounds wild-caught Louisiana catfish filets
salt, to taste
cayenne pepper, to taste
flour, as needed
3/4 cup yellow cornmeal
1 cup milk
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
1 medium-size yellow onion, peeled and thinly sliced (separate into rings)
lemon wedges, for garnish
tartar sauce, to serve


Rinse the catfish in cool water and pat dry. Season the fish generously with salt and cayenne. Combine the flour and cornmeal in a shallow bowl and season with salt and cayenne. Pour the milk into another shallow dish.

Heat the oil in a large, heavy skillet to about 360ºF. Dip the catfish, 2 to 3 at a time, into the milk, then dredge in the cornmeal mixture,tapping off any excess. Let sit for about 1 minute, then fry (2 to 3 pieces at a time) in the hot oil.

Cook for about 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Scatter several onion rings over the fish as they cook and squeeze lemon juice over them. Repeat the process until all the fish is cooked. Serve warm with tartar sauce.

February 2014

Recipe of the Month: Creole Cream Cheese Gnocchi with Crawfish »

Learn to make creole cream cheese gnocchi with crawfish this February!

Makes 4 servings.creole cream cheese gnocchi

Gnocchi Ingredients

1 1-pound Russet potato
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour plus additional
for work surface and dough
1/4 cup melted unsalted butter
2 tablespoons Creole cream cheese
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
2 large egg yolks
1 tablespoon vegetable oil

Crawfish Sauce Ingredients

1 tablespoon unsalted butter
2 tablespoons shallots, minced
8 ounces cooked Louisiana crawfish tails
2 ounces tasso, minced
2 ounces chanterelle mushrooms,
coarsely chopped
1/4 teaspoon Creole seasoning
3/4 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons Creole cream cheese
1 teaspoon truffle oil
1/2 teaspoon fresh tarragon, chopped


To prepare the gnocchi, cover the whole potato with salted cold water in a medium saucepan. Bring the water to a boil over medium heat and cook until tender; drain. Hold the hot potato in your hand with a kitchen towel and peel away only the skin with a knife. Run the potato through a ricer or a food mill. Combine potato with 1 1/4 cups flour, butter, Creole cream cheese, salt, and pepper in a large bowl and stir with a rubber spatula for about 15 seconds until smooth and the flour is completely incorporated. Add the egg yolks and stir for 15 seconds more, being careful not to overwork the dough.
Turn out the dough onto a floured work surface and cut it into eight portions.
Working with one portion at a time, and rolling your hands back and forth, outward from the center to the ends, roll the dough into a long thin strand, about 1/2-inch in diameter. Cut each dough strand into 1/2-inch pieces and sprinkle the tops lightly with flour. (Add as little flour as possible to prevent sticking.) Lift gnocchi from the work surface using the edge of a large knife or bench scraper and transfer to a baking sheet.
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add all the gnocchi to the water, stirring, and cook, undisturbed, for 3 to 3 1/2 minutes, until the gnocchi start to float. Remove with a slotted spoon or strainer and place in an ice bath to stop cooking. Drain the gnocchi, transfer to a large bowl, and toss with oil. Gnocchi can be made up to 1 day ahead, covered, and chilled or frozen. Toss the gnocchi with extra vegetable oil to prevent sticking if you are making it ahead.

To prepare the Crawfish Sauce, heat a large skillet over medium high heat about 1 minute. Add the butter and shallots and cook about 30 seconds until shallots are wilted. Add the crawfish, tasso, mushrooms, and Creole seasoning and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add the heavy cream and bring to a simmer. Add the gnocchi and cook for 2 minutes, until gnocchi are hot and sauce is thickened slightly. Stir in the Creole cream cheese, truffle oil, and tarragon and cook for 30 seconds. Adjust seasoning as necessary.

Chef’s notes: If you can’t get Creole cream cheese, substitute sour cream or crème fraîche. When making gnocchi, you need to work fast because if the potato in the dough gets cold, it gets too starchy and sticky to work with and won’t bind with the other ingredients.

December 2013

Recipe of the Month: Cajun Pulled Pork Mini Tacos »

It’s a whole new year! How about a new recipe to start off the year right?

These delicious tacos will have hungry mouths asking for more!

Cajun Pulled Pork Tacos



1 2-pound pork shoulder (Boston butt)
2 tablespoons Liquid Smoke
Cajun seasoning, to taste
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 rib celery, small dice
1 carrot, small dice
2 onions, small dice
1 whole garlic, bulb split
5 sprigs thyme
1 quart pork stock
10 large flour or corn tortillas
oil for frying
Guacamole (recipe follows)
Salsa Fresca (recipe follows)
lime wedges, for serving


Generously rub pork shoulder with Liquid Smoke, then Cajun seasoning. Let sit, refrigerated, overnight.
Add the olive oil to a sauté pan set over medium-high heat.
Add the celery, onions, and carrots and cook until lightly caramelized, about 7 minutes. Add garlic, thyme
sprigs, and pork stock. Raise heat to high and bring to a boil.
Add the pork shoulder, cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 3 hours or until fork tender. When finished,
shred the pork into large chunks with two forks.
Preheat a deep fryer to 350°F.
Using a cookie cutter or a knife, cut 5-inch circles out of the large tortillas. Fry the rounds in oil until crisp
and light brown. Immediately invert each round and fit the tortillas between the grates of an oven rack to bend
them into taco shells. Allow to cool.
Layer ingredients in each shell in the following order: pork, guacamole, salsa fresca. To serve, alternate
tacos and lime wedges in a row. The lime wedges will keep the tacos upright.



2 Haas avocados
1/2 small red onion, minced
salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
juice of 1/2 a lime (about 1 tablespoon)

Mash the avocados until a puréed texture is achieved. Blend thoroughly with the onion, salt, pepper, and lime juice. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Salsa Fresca:


kernels scraped from 2 ears fresh, raw
corn (about 1 1/2 cups)
1 jalapeño pepper, minced
3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1/2 cup minced red bell pepper
1/2 cup minced red onion
juice of 1 lime (about 2 tablespoons)
salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

Combine all ingredients. Refrigerate until ready to use.

2 Haas avocados
1/2 small red onion, minced
salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
juice of 1/2 a lime (about 1 tablespoon)
Mash the avocados until a puréed texture is achieved.
Blend thoroughly with the onion, salt, pepper, and
lime juice. Refrigerate until ready to use.

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