It’s Carnival Time!
While the rest of the country is dieting this time of year, we New Orleanians are eating king cake for breakfast, lunch, and (parade route) dinner!
There’s no shortage of amazing king cakes to try in the Greater New Orleans area, but if you’re looking to get your hands on a savory one, try making this easy Boudin King Cake! My cousin’s sweet girlfriend brings this to our family get togethers and it goes fast every time — it’s that good!
Quickie Boudin King Cake
- 1 small jar pepper jelly (I used a 10-ounce Tabasco one)
- 12-16 ounces boudin (some packages are 12 ounces, others are 1 pound)
- 8 ounces pepper jack cheese, shredded
- 2 8-ounce cans Crescent Rolls (or Crescent Roll Sheets)
- 6 strips bacon, cooked until crispy and crumbled
- 1 bunch green onions, green parts thinly sliced
- Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
- Prepare 2 baking sheets by covering them with parchment paper.
- Open a can of Crescent Rolls and divide the roll of dough in half down the middle so you have two “mini rolls” as pictured below. Unroll one mini roll and pinch the seams closed so it’s a long, narrow rectangle.
- Remove and discard the casing from your boudin links with a paring knife. Place unwrapped link of boudin down the middle of your dough and lightly smash it down. (My package had 2 links, so I used a half link on each mini roll of dough.)
- Sprinkle about a half cup of cheese over the boudin.
- Carefully roll the dough around the cheese and boudin and seal any seams that may reopen. Repeat with the rest of the boudin and Crescent Roll dough mini rolls.
- Place the dough/boudin log on a parchment paper covered baking sheets. Join two logs together to form an oval king cake shape. Remember, this recipe makes 2 king cakes.
- Place in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.
- While your king cake is cooling for about 5 minutes, heat your pepper jelly in the microwave in 30 second intervals until it is thin enough to pour.
- Pour/drizzle the pepper jelly over the top of the hot king cakes.
- Sprinkle them with the crumbled bacon and diced green onions.