Houmas House Estate and Gardens
From the Kitchens at Houmas House  
Tuna Crudo
“Crudo is the Italian work for raw. Using really fresh high quality fish the key to making this light and refreshing dish.”
Serves 4
1 pound highest-quality tuna, preferably a thick piece from the loin
1 teaspoon coarse sea salt or kosher salt
1 to 2 medium shallots, finely diced (about 1/4 cup)
2 teaspoons capers, drained well and chopped
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
12 leaves basil, thinly sliced
1 cup sunflower sprouts
1/4 cup olive oil
Juice of 1 lemon (at least 2 tablespoons)
1/2 cup heavy cream whipped
4 oz Louisiana Bowfin caviar
Use a sharp chef's knife to cut the tuna into roughly 1/8-inch thick slices. As you work, gently press each slice onto the cutting surface with your fingers, to flatten it, then transfer to a large serving platter, arranging the slices in 1 layer.
Sprinkle the slices generously with the salt, then with the shallot, capers, red pepper flakes, basil, and sunflower sprouts.
Combine the olive oil and lemon juice in a seal-able container, close the container and shake well until the vinaigrette is emulsified. Spoon the vinaigrette over the fish.
Place small dollops of whipped cream on fish. Using a small spoon add caviar on top of fish. Serve immediately.

Next up- Mardi Gras
With Christmas behind us, it's now time to gear up for Louisiana's favorite season- Mardi Gras! What this means to us is King Cake, parades, and celebrations across this entire state. Gym memberships, dieting and new year's resolutions are quickly abandoned for this season and we enjoy the build up and excitement leading up to Fat Tuesday.
Even though Mardi Gras was openly celebrated in New Orleans in the 1780's it's origins trace back to medieval Europe in the 17th century. If you're curious to know the whole long story- Read This Page Here.

Millions of travelers will come to New Orleans to partake in the revelry. Since Houmas House is just a short drive from the Crescent City, I hope you'll take some time to visit me.

Much Love,
Princess Maggie
Celebrate Valentine's Day at Houmas House
February 14 and February 15

Latil's Landing and The Carriage House Restaurant will offer special menus for two nights. It's hard to choose a favorite spot to celebrate the most romantic night of the year, so maybe just come both nights and experience each one!

Open Daily
Gift Shop: 9am- 8pm daily
Cafe Burnside: 11am- 2pm
Latil's Landing Restaurant: Wed - Sat 6pm- 9pm
The Carriage House Restaurant:
Breakfast- 8 am-10am
Dinner- 4:30pm-8pm

Houmas House Estate and Gardens
40136 Hwy 942, Darrow, LA 70725