A traditional New Orleans yeast pastry that is deep-fried and served hot with a generous dusting of confectioners’ sugar.  Savory beignets, such as herb or crab, are also very popular.  The name comes from the French word for “Fritter.”   The French word sounds like something Gerard Depiardeu might say, whereas Fritter comes straight from porch sittin’ Uncle Jed .  Beignets anyone?