If you’re looking for something new to try in the kitchen, then taking a stab at Cajun cooking is a great option for many reasons. This is a highly versatile, rich, and flavorsome cuisine. It has become very trendy thanks to its suitability as street food, and it is also highly rich and satisfying. The great news is that if you have stocked spice racks, and various appliances like a seafood boiler, a skillet, sauce pans, grilling tools. Then you’ll be good to go. There are plenty of amazing recipes for Cajun food in a host of different Cajun cookbooks and even French cookbooks and it’s a style of cooking that is perfect for entertaining guests.
First: A Little History of Cajun Cooking
Cajun cooking has become very popular in recent years and has enjoyed something of a resurgence due to the recent popularity of street food. This is perfect rich, spicy, finger food that you can enjoy with friends while out and about.
Very often Cajun cooking is served in smaller pieces: perhaps in a ramekin and souffle dish. It’s common for there to be separate fish, sausage, meat, and vegetable dishes – maybe rice. This adds to the variety and the fun of eating.
It actually comes from the Acadians however, who were deported by Britain in 1755. This process was referred to as ‘le Grand Derangement’ and the people who left ended up settling in Southern Louisiana. This brought with it an extreme change to their way of life, and in particular many of the meals they were used to cooking were no longer possible in the new climate. And so they had to adapt.
Amazing to think that a change in Geography would result in an entirely new cuisine! But that is how Cajun cooking was born.
How to Make Cajun Turkey Rub
If you want to try your own Cajun cooking, then you’ll need to make a Cajun seasoning. This is not a herb or a spice itself, but rather a unique mixture that provides the distinct taste of the culture. You can use many different recipes, but one great one to start with is:
- 2 tablespoons garlic powder (use a garlic press)
- 2 tablespoons paprika
- 2 tablespoons salt
- 1 tablespoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
- 1 tablespoon dried thyme
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
Now add in some chopped onion, some celery, some red bell pepper, and some rice. In Cajun Jambalaya you don’t use tomato. You can then use this to cook and let the juices cook the rice. If you put it in a slow cooker, then when you get home after a hard day – that delicious aroma will be waiting for you!
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