I will be going through my 'Zaar books and moving some recipes here, just to get more specific. This can include Cajun, Creole, Traditional, and Decadent. Hopefully, photos for all recipes, because I am visually tempted when it comes to recipes!
This is a real SEAFOOD gumbo. No meat in here. This is the best gumbo I've ever had. The crab boil is the key ingredient - do not omit it. The smell will drive you nuts!!! NOTE: If you can't find Crab Boil at your grocery, please refer to recipe#3252 by Candie Yoder or #34801 by Miller (Oysters are optional, I don't eat them myself)
I have had several people ask me for an authentic chicken gumbo recipe. This is my attempt at a recipe. I didn't realize it until I sat down the try to type this, I don't know HOW I make gumbo!Gumbo isn't about recipes. I never saw my Maw Maw's recipe because she didn't have one. Gumbo is cooked with instinct and heart. Gumbo is a dish you are taught not something you can make by reading a recipe. My gumbo won't taste like yours and yours won't taste like mine, altough mine tastes pretty similar to Maw Maw's but that is probably because she taught me how to make it when I was about 8. If you have the ability to cook with pinches, dabs and shakes, if you can season, then taste, then season a little more until it tastes right to you, then you can make gumbo using this "recipe". If you can't, you might want to find someone to show you how.
Beautifully presented in fine New Orleans style, this recipe appeared in the Spring/99 issue of Gusto Magazine, compliments of executive chef Richard Benz, Upperline Restaurant, New Orleans. A crisp chablis would complement this dish and prepare your palate for a delicious dessert of Bananas Foster. I have prepared Seafood Gumbo - New Orleans Style, served it to appreciative guests, eager to also enjoy the above mentioned dessert. This recipe serves rather a large quantity and is therefore suitable for larger families, or "company's coming" meals.
Note: While the recipe stipulates specific quantities of seafood items, there is no reason why chefs cannot increase the quantities... to thicken the sauce. For instance, additional shrimp; add squid if you like.... Okra will thicken the "sauce" also...
This is a thinner southeasten style pulled pork sauce that is designed to either be incorporated into pulled pork shreds, or as a drench on a pulled pork sandwich. It is very sweet and tangy.
Be careful with the cloves, some are much stronger than others. Also, cayenne may be added for a little heat if desired.
This is a recipe from an insert booklet that came with my Quick Cooking Magazine. I tried it because I love smoked sausage, Ro-tel, spinach and rice, just had not tried them together. I used Minute brown rice and no-fat chicken broth to make it a little healthier.
I make this recipe to serve with Gumbo. When I used to live in Louisiana, my neighbor used to mash up some of the potatoes so I do the same in this recipe. This is not a spicy dish, but is meant to be served alongside Cajun dishes, such as Gumbo. I also call is "Mashed Potato Salad." Depending upon what a "small potato" size is in your area (and I don't mean baby size, just smallish), you will need to adjust the amount of dressing accordingly..some days you will need more, some days less. This recipe is really more of a "eyeball it" type, so please don't take the measurements as an exact science here. Cook time is taking into account cooking your eggs and potatoes, and the prep includes chilling time.
Take up some of your sweet time with this peppery, garlicky, sweetish and spicy all-in-one entree. The voodoo rub also livens up mild white fish, such as orange roughy (being a "pesco-vegetarian", this is how I eat it). Plus it's tasty on the grill, too. By the way, this is the Stevie Ray Vaughan version ...
I created this to celebrate my bit of Cajun heritage on Mardi Gras 2004 (many of my father's family lived near Lake Charles, Louisiana)! If you're not into hot and spicy andouille sausage, any smoked sausage can be substituted, but try to use rotini or any other similar pasta (penne, rigatoni or mostaciolli works well, too.)
Got this recipe from a great Chef from New Orleans who ended up here after being displaced by Hurricane Katrina.
Make sure you use a good bourbon or the dish won't be nearly as awe-inspiring!!
Footnote (1/10/07): I've reduced the half and half and chicken broth in hopes that everyone's sauce will thicken up. I've never had a problem with it because I simmer mine