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Carmine's Stuffed Artichoke & Dill Sauce

Subject: Request/Carmine’s Cynthia Sauce
From: Lori Beth
Date: 1/27/2020, 10:08 AM

On 1/27/2020 3:06 AM, Lori Beth wrote:

Years ago I used to go to Carmines on Old Hammond Hwy, Metairie, LA.
They served a steamed artichoke, jammed full of fried shrimps, fish and crawfish which 
was topped with a sauce that they always called Cynthia Sauce. It was a warm creamy silky 
Hollandaise type sauce and I would love to find this recipe.
Please help me!
Lori Beth

Hi Lori Beth,

There was also a Carmine's Italian Restaurant in Bucktown, as well as Metairie. Joseph Pacaccio was the owner.

I found a menu entry for the stuffed artichoke here: Carmine's
To wit:
Carmine's Famous Seafood Stuffed Artichoke.
A Joseph Pacaccio Original! A giant steamed artichoke Filled with fried shrimp, fish and crawfish topped with a heavenly dill cream sauce.

Sorry, I could not find any recipes at all from Carmine's. I'll post this for reader input.

Since the menu entry says that the sauce was a "dill cream sauce", you might try this recipe and see if it is similar: Creamy Dill Sauce

It is quite common to serve a creamy dill sauce with seafood.


Thank you so much for the response. 
Funny thing about us New Orleanians - someone found the cookbook from Carmine’s in 
Bucktown (kind of interchangeable unless you were born there ??). 
So, let me share back...since you’ve seen the pic, I can highly recommend this seafood 
stuffed artichoke. You should make it...and thanks for all you do!

Lori Beth

Carmine's Restaurant Joe Pacaccio's Famous Seafood Stuffed Artichoke

Parboil artichoke (steam 7 - 10 minutes) & dechoke with small spoon **Do not overcook**

Deep fry assorted seafood selections in a seasoned fish fry mixture (cornmeal & flour),
drain well, arrange seafood inside leaves & center of artichoke

Ladle generous spoonful of warm dill sauce on top and serve.

Dill Sauce

Make 1 pint of medium Bechamel sauce. (see sauces in new cookbook)

Whisk in 1 cup heavy whipping cream

Stir & blend in 1/2 cup freshly chipped dill, 1/2 tblsp white pepper,
1/2 tblsp salt & the juice of one lemon.

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