Cajun cuisine (and derails to other food categories)
I used to be completely oblivious of this until about a year ago when I stumbled upon it on teh great webz. I read about it while really hungry, and it just happened to be that I had enough things in my refrigerator to make Jambalaya. Since then i've tried several different variations of ètouffée, jambalaya, brochettes and gumbo. I've also made some kind of jambalaya-like dish with crayfish tails, fried rice, garlic, tabasco, cayenne pepper and a tiny tiny bit of curry to color the rice, red onion, corn and chopped leek on the top.
I have got to say that this kind of food pretty much beats most other things out there. I love these huge mixes of things, it's just so rich in taste.
A thing I would like to try out is that weird cajun sausage, andouille. It sounds really delicious, but it's nowhere to be found on this side of the atlantic
Are there any chefs with experience out there who have any tips and hints for us beginners?
Roux or not when it comes to ètouffée? If not What should be used instead to achieve perfection? If roux, oil or butter???
Come on, post recipes and things! I'd like to hear how you make Jambalaya!
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I use half olive oil and half butter whenever I'm going to brown a light-colored meat such as pork or chicken. The butter gives it a rich flavor and the oil keeps it from burning so easily. Start with your pan hot and sear both sides, then turn it down to brown the meat.
If you like stuffed bell peppers, rice, chopped onion, diced tomatoes, ground beef, cajun seasoning, salt, pepper and a little ketchup make a good stuffing. Cut the peppers in half lengthwise and blanch them for a couple of min. in boiling water, drain and dry. Add the stuffing and shred some medium chedddar cheese on top. Bake them in a greased pan at 350 degrees for about half an hour.
"No ray of sunshine is ever lost, but the green which it awakes into existence needs time to sprout, and it is not always granted to the sower to see the harvest. All work that is worth anything is done in faith." - Albert Schweitzer
well, if it becomes worthy of one, I'll cull it back out.
Jamabalaya yep... one of my favourites.. I make it much like a spanish paella, but make sure I start with the cajun holy trinity. The trick is to use good quality fresh chorizo, or a decent smokey sausage if not.