New Orleans beignets with a Cape Cod twist.

A few weeks ago, my dear friend Amy visited from New Orleans.   She brought an assortment of local food from her city for us, including Cafe du Monde Beignet Mix. Remember, we ate them for breakfast after our sleep over?  (She also brought Tony’s, King Cake mix and a bag of coffee.)  Well! This weekend we decided to bust out the beignets again, and this time our friend Ben was over and suggested we try it with tomato sauce and parmesan cheese.  A local tradition in his home state of Connecticut is to put the sauce and cheese on a funnel cake, not beignets.   Either way: it sounded delish to us.

I made one batch with powdered sugar, couldn’t resist. Then made the second to be had with red sauce.  I cut the beignets a little bit thicker then last time, hoping to create a more doughy finish.  The box says to leave your dough at 1/8″ thick but I went a BIT over that.  I turned them constantly until they were golden brown, cooled, painted the sauce on, sprinkled cheese and you guys, it was amazing.  It was almost like little pizza bites, but with such a different doughy consistency.

Do you notice the Louisiana shaped donut in there? Totally on accident! It’s the boot.

The mess was substantial, and I truly wish I had made a triple batch.  We scarfed them up so fast.. This is going right on my appetizer list for future parties.  Super easy and incredibly delicious.  I recommend checking your local boutique grocery to see if they carry this mix – then making these immediately.  You can also order a box online, here.

I can’t wait to try this with homemade sauce, real cheese, and other variations.  The options are endless.. do you have any ideas?

Also, must be served on paper plates.

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