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Cooking for Mardi Gras
RMHC Chapters tailor their programs and services to the communities they serve.
This means that volunteers who sign up to be part of the RMHC meal program at their local House, can bring local ingredients, recipes, and dining culture to families in need. 305 Ronald McDonald Houses means 305 kitchens with a personality all their own.
Inspired by the celebration of Mardi Gras, we thought we’d ask what was cooking at the Ronald McDonald House in New Orleans. Executive Director Lynn Guiffria, didn’t have just one recipe, she had cookbooks full of them – recipe after recipe that has been lovingly prepared at her Ronald McDonald House.*
Even through the colder winter months, Lynn, the staff and volunteers like to make sure there is a little heat in their kitchen. And Mardi Gras season in New Orleans, is just the time to add the spice of life. Here’s one of Lynn’s favorites from their Mardi Gras celebration this year – a recipe that’s pure New Orleans.
Sweet Potato and Andouille Soup
2 T. butter
2 carrots, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
3 lbs sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 2 inch cubes
1 ½ lbs andouille sausage, chopped
64 oz chicken stock
1 tsp nutmeg
1 T. cinnamon
1 ½ c. heavy whipping cream
Melt butter on medium high heat. Sauté carrots, onion and celery until clear.
Put sweet potatoes and andouille into pot, add chicken stock and bring to boil. When sweet potatoes are soft, turn heat to low. Use an immersion blender and puree the mix until there is good consistency, do not worry about the andouille - that will be chunky.
Put nutmeg and cinnamon into soup. Bring to a simmer for 30 minutes. Finish with whipping cream. Add more stock for desired texture. Keep on low while serving.
This satisfying soup recipe will serve about 25-30 people – or about six or seven families staying at a Ronald McDonald House. At the end of a busy, stressful day at the hospital, there’s nothing like coming home to a warm meal - especially, a meal that is full of celebration, life and love.
* These cookbooks are for sale at http://www.rmhneworleans.com/ and benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of New Orleans.