Beignets are as much a part of our culture as good jazz and serious hurricanes. Beignet comes from the French word for fritter. It's a yeasty, deep-fried type of doughnut, usually served with powdered sugar. This recipe is for a Commander's beignet, and it works as a savory beignet as well as a sweet one. And if you've never been to Cafe du Monde in New Orleans, well, you've got some living left to do. Cafe du Monde, which is packed with customers 24 hours a day, serves a more classic beignet--and the powdered sugar flies, literally.