Cajun Recipes That Are Easy to Make

Nothing says comfort food like Cajun food. When you are a Louisiana bride, Cajun recipes should come second nature to your reception dinner. Guests will go away happy and wanting more of these delicious recipes. Any catering company can cook your Cajun recipes to suit you, or for the Do it yourself bride, there is always the family cook book to consult. Here are three simple Cajun recipes to prepare for your big day.

Jambalaya

Ingredients:

12 ounces skinless chicken breast

1 pound smoked sausage

2 bell peppers

1 onion

2 celery stalks

3 garlic cloves minced

1 can whole tomatoes

1/3 cup tomato paste

1 can beef broth

1 tbsp dried parsley

1 1/2 tsp dried basil

1/2 tbsp oregano

1 tbsp Tabasco

1/2 tbsp salt

1 pound shrimp (optional)

 Directions:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Chop all fresh vegetables and meat to desired size. Add all ingredients to crock-pot, except the shrimp. Cook on high for 4 hours. Add shrimp and then cook jambalaya an additional 30 minutes on high. Serve with rice or pasta.

Seafood Gumbo

Ingredients:

3 tbsp flour

3 tbsp oil

1 pound andouille sausage

2 cups frozen okra

1 onion chopped

2 medium bell peppers chopped

6 celery ribs chopped

3 garlic cloves chopped

1/4 tsp thyme

2 large bayleaves

1/4 tsp white pepper

1 can 14.5 ounces diced tomatoes, undrained

4 cups Fish stock or water

1 pound fresh lump crabmeat

1 package frozen crawfish (8 to 12 ounces)

1 pint drained oysters

 

Directions:

In saucepan combine flour and oil. Cook while stirring constantly over medium heat for 5 minutes. Reduce heat and continue to cook until mixture turns brown, creating a roux.

Put Roux and all the vegetable and seasonings in crock pot and cook on low 7 to 8 hours. Add crabmeat, oysters, and crawfish and cook on low for 30 more minutes. Serve Gumbo over cooked rice.

Cajun Cornbread:

Ingredients:

2 boxes Jiffy Cornbread Mix

1 bell pepper diced

1 onion diced

1 1/2 pound hamburger (ground beef)

3 jalapenos chopped without seeds

6 slices of cheese

1 can cream style corn

Cajun spices

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400.

Make cornbread according to package directions. After mixed add cream corn and jalapeno peppers.

Cook beef, seasoning with Cajun spices. If you don’t have Cajun spices, a mix of salt, pepper, cayenne, garlic powder, and onion powder combined will make a fine substitute. While cooking the meat add bell pepper and onion.

Grease a 13×9 inch pan and pour half of the cornbread mix into the pan. Then layer meat mixture on top. Add cheese, and then pour rest of cornbread mix on top of the cheese. Bake until golden brown. Serve warm.

All these Cajun recipes are easy to cook, making for a stress free meal. Any of these recipes can be made in advance and frozen until the day they are needed. The best part about these Cajun recipes is they offer all the comforts of home cooked meals without the hassle. (These are general recipes with my own spin on them)

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