Wednesday, June 29, 2011

A la Carte: A 'True Blood' brunch- recipes !

Louisiana vampires, werewolves and a certain telepathic waitress returned to the small screen this week as HBO launched a new season of its hit vampire series, "True Blood." Of course, vampire parties tend to focus on the, er, liquid refreshment, but staffers at think humans may prefer to celebrate the return of their favorite series with a menu that does not involve the letters AB or O. And this "True Blood" party plan calls for zydeco music, fangtastic decor and a Cajun brunch because, as they say, "If you're going to hang with the vampires of northern Louisiana's Area 5, you'll be getting up at dusk. So why not have breakfast for dinner?"The menu includes Bloody Mary Soup Shots with Shrimp, Homemade Sausage Patties, Creole-Style Oven Hash Browns and an Eggs Benedict Bread Pudding, inspired by a certain ill-fated beau. Download recipes, soundtrack suggestions and more at . Meanwhile, here's just a taste:

Bloody Mary Soup Shots with Shrimp
32 peeled deveined cooked medium shrimp
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, divided
Pickled vegetables
28-ounce can San Marzano tomatoes in juice
2 green onions, chopped
1/2 cup chicken broth
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons vodka
1 tablespoon prepared horseradish
1/2 teaspoon celery salt

1. Toss shrimp with 1 tablespoon lemon juice in large bowl. Thread shrimp and pickled vegetables on toothpicks to make soup garnishes. Chill.
2. Puree tomato juice with 1 tablespoon lemon juice and remaining ingredients. Adjust seasoning. Chill.
3. When ready to serve, pour soup mixture into shot glasses. Garnish with shrimp.