Today I listened to Miss Li. She's fabulous. And you may already know her, although you may not realize it. Her song "Dancing the Whole Way Home" is set to the new iPod Nano commerical. But it was "Stupid Girl" (play it below) that became the inspiration for this tasty treat: beignets! Stupid Girl has this great brass band sound that makes me think of New Orleans. And what's New Orleans without Cafe Du Monde and their ever so amazing coffee and delectable, fried, powdery goodness of a donut? Not only is their signature sweet worth the trip, but you are sure to find an eclectic bunch of people there around 2 a.m. on any Saturday morning: college students, transvestites that are prettier than most women I've seen, tourists and more. It's a great place to people watch.
I just happened to have a can of Cafe Du Monde's coffee and chicory blend at the house. You can find it at our local grocery store. And to help me create my beignets, Southern Living had just the recipe. It is so simple and requires three ingredients. Did I mention the prep and cook time combined is less than 10 minutes? Just my style. Check out the recipe below and create your own salute to the Crescent City. Don't forget to bring Miss Li with you to the kitchen.
Separate 1 (12-oz.) can refrigerated buttermilk biscuits into individual rounds, and cut into quarters.
Pour oil to a depth of 2 inches into a Dutch oven, heat over medium heat to 350°. Fry biscuit quarters, in batches, 1 to 11⁄2 minutes on each side or until golden. Drain on paper towels, and dust generously with powdered sugar. Serve immediately. Makes 4 to 6 servings. Prep: 5 min., Cook: 3 min. per batch. Note: For testing purposes only, we used Pillsbury Golden Layers Buttermilk Biscuits. (http://www.southernliving.com/home-garden/decorating/get-inspired-feb-2009-00400000039384/page3.html)