In search of the best Beignets
I (Deb) am really good with languages. I speak 3. French, unfortunately, is not one of them. The 8B sent Kristie and me to New Orleans to an International Food Blogging Conference #IFBC18 to learn learn, learn, and that we did. It was not only mind-boggling full of information it was a great networking event and … drumroll, an amazing food adventure. It was also restaurant month so we had these amazing places to choose from. Hello Arnaud’s can anyone say perfect Dijon chicken?? But that is another post. This one is all about beignets. Having heard of them forever, I was determined to throw any diet to the wind and find the best.
Fried bread is found in so many cultures. Switzerland has their Schlueperfeli with lemon, and nutmeg then tied in a knot, Germany and their Berliner stuffed with jam, Native Americans and their Fry Bread, Mexican Sopapilla drizzled in honey, Indian Naan, ohh and my own native PA Dutch Funnel cakes! YUM! I am sure beignets were brought from France with the French settlers, but have become a signature of New Orleans and I was excited to try them.
We enjoyed our trek thru the amazing city of New Orleans. We encountered the most interesting people. An elderly eclectically dressed gent who was a renowned artist, a college grad with great muscles who biked us through old town, annoyed servers who thought we ought to know better … it was the best day ever.
I am including a recipe for my dearly loved funnel cakes. But you know where your heritage lies … find the fried delicacy that belongs to you and give it a go!