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  • Writer's pictureChesaree Rollins

Gluten-Free Creole and Cajun cuisine

Chesa’s Bistro and Bar just opened its doors in the Avondale neighborhood serving gluten free Creole and Cajun cuisine. Here in our Studio 41 kitchen with a look at a few of their offerings is owner Chesaree Rollins.

CheSa’s Cajun Lobster Mac & Cheese


PREP TIME 15 min


COOK TIME 25 min

1 package rotini GF pasta cooked 1/4 cup of diced jalapeños 2 tsp kosher salt 2 tablespoons of paprika 2 tablespoons of cayenne powder 3 tablespoons of crushed garlic 2 tablespoons of fresh parsley 1 tablespoon of pepper 1/2 of pepperjack cheese 1/2 of shredded mozzarella

Cheese sauce: 1/2 cup Sharp cheddar cheese 1/2 cup Monterey jack 1/2 cup Pepper jack cheese 1/2 cup Swiss 2 cups of heavy cream 2 tablespoons of cubed unsalted butter

To make the cheese sauce In a medium saucepot over medium heat, warm the butter until melted. Gradually add the cream and cheeses, keeping a close eye on it to avoid unwanted burning. Cook 10 – 12 minutes on medium heat, stirring constantly. Turn heat off.

To assemble the macaroni and cheese:

  1. Preheat oven to 500°F. Start with the cooked elbow macaroni. In a large bowl, slowly add the cheese sauce to coat the macaroni (leave a little for lobster sauce).

  2. Add in the other 1/2 cup of pepperjack cheese and spices,thoroughly coating the macaroni. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

  3. Next, place the macaroni and cheese in a medium cast iron skillet. Sprinkle the top with 1/2 of mozzarella. Brown 8-12 minutes.

  4. Keep 1/2 cup of cheese sauce to pour over lobster Cajun Lobster Tail • 8 oz Lobster Tails 2 • 1 Tbsp Butter • 1 Tbsp Cajun seasoning • ½ Tsp Pepper • Sea salt Pinch • ½ Tsp Garlic Powder Instructions • Preheat oven to 350 degrees • Properly cut your lobster tails(use the butterfly) • In a small bowl add in your room temperature butter, cajun seasonings, pepper, and sea salt.

1 Tbsp Butter, 1 Tbsp Cajun seasoning, ½ Tsp Pepper, Sea salt • Mix all of the ingredients together with a spoon thoroughly • Brush the Cajun butter mixture onto the meat of the lobster tails

8 oz Lobster Tails • Place lobster tails in the oven for 15 minutes • Take them out and place over Mac and cheese. Pour remaining cheese sauce over lobster.

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