Every western state has its very own preferences in food types and tastes. Creoles are no different; they love their spicy Cajun recipes like none others. If you are interested in trying some delicious, but spicy Louisiana food, you have come to the right place.
Cajun jambalaya is one of the famous Creoles favorite meals. You do not have to visit one of the famous restaurants in the elegant Garden District, when you can prepare your own jambalaya right in the comfort of your home. Get your large kettle and wooden spoon and let’s get down to cooking. You will need to prepare a jambalaya mix, before you start the cooking process.
Jambalaya Mix Ingredients
3 Tablespoons Minced Onion
1Tablespoon Parsley, Beef Bouillon
½ Teaspoon Garlic Powder, Black Pepper, Thyme Leaves
¼ Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
1 Cup Long Grain Rice
1 Can Diced Tomatoes
1 Can Tomato Sauce
¾ Pound Peeled Shrimp
2 ½ Cups of Water
½ Pound Sliced Smoked Sausage
Pour in all of the ingredients, except shrimp, and then allow mixture to come to a boil. Let simmer for twenty minutes, then add the shrimp and leave to simmer an additional seven minutes. Allow the jambalaya to cool, before serving. Your family will not believe that you created this awesome dish all by yourself.
New Orleans Gumbo
Creoles love their gumbo and so will you. This simple recipe will definitely leave your friends and family begging for more.
1 Pound Boneless Chicken, Sliced Smoked Kielbasa, Peeled Shrimp
¼ Cup Chopped Green Pepper, Minced Parsley, Cold Water
½ Teaspoon Dried Thyme, Cayenne Pepper, Liquid Smoke
3 Tablespoons All-Purpose Flour
3 Bay Leaves
1 Teaspoon Pepper
4 Garlic Cloves, Celery Ribs
6 Cups Chicken Broth
2 Cups Rice
2 Chopped Onions
1 Can Diced Potatoes
Heat a large saucepan and pour 4 cups of chicken broth rice, celery, onion, and garlic. Mix thoroughly then cover and let simmer for 15 minutes. While this is simmering start the second portion of the recipe.
In a large kettle combine the remaining chicken broth and all other ingredients except shrimp, chicken, flour, and water, as these will be used later. Allow this concoction to come to a boil then allow it to simmer for an extra 15 minutes. Combine flour and water until the ingredients are smooth, and then stir in shrimp and chicken. Allow to cook uncovered for about six minutes.
In another pot cook the rice thoroughly, until tender. Serve the gumbo over top the rice and you will have a delicious meal of New Orleans Gumbo.
No matter what type of Cajun recipe that you choose to create, your family will surely love it. The best experience I ever had with New Orleans was the awesome tasting food. I would recommend that everyone head out to Mardi Gras, if you ever get the chance, because it is a sight to see. You will get an up close and personal experience with the Creoles and learn a lot about their cultures and religions.