Three Easy Cajun Recipes for the DIY Bride

There are plenty of place to cut corners when it comes to your wedding budget and one of the best places is on your menu. This doesn’t mean you should serve your guests defrosted TV dinners, it simply means you can cut corners by not hiring a caterer and giving your guests a home-cooked meal, straight from your kitchen. When having a Cajun wedding, there are three staple foods that a Cajun bride must have: gumbo, hush puppies, and catfish. These three recipes will be simple, yet flavorful, to cut your wedding budget and still enjoy your big day.

 

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

1 cup vegetable oil

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 large onion, chopped

1 large green bell pepper, chopped

2 chopped celeryLouisiana Gumbo

1 pound andouille or smoked sausage, sliced 1/4 inch thick

4 cloves garlic, minced

salt and pepper to taste

Creole seasoning to taste

Cayenne pepper to taste

1 bay leaf

*6 cups chicken broth

*1 rotisserie chicken, boned and shredded

*Note: You may substitute 6 cups chicken brother for your own broth. The rotisserie chicken may be replaced with cooked boneless chicken.

 

First, you will want to create a roux with your flour and oil in a Dutch oven, or large stock pot. After cooking your roux to the color of chocolate milk mix in your onions, bell pepper, celery, and sausage into the roux. Cook for 5 minutes before adding garlic. Cook the mixture for another 5 minutes then add your seasonings, salt/pepper, Creole and Cayenne pepper. Stir, then add bay leaf and broth. Bring to a boil, then simmer, uncovered, for an hour. Add chicken, and simmer for one more hour. Our team members at Hammond SEO will help you skin off any and all foam that is on top. It’s very important that all the foam is removed within the last hour.

 

Hush Puppies

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup yellow cornmeal

1/2 teaspoon salt                           Louisiana Hush Puppies

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

1 large egg

1/2 cup buttermilk

1/4 cup minced onion

 

Mix the first five ingredients in a bowl. Create a well in the center of the mixture. Mix egg and buttermilk together, then add to the dry mixture. Stir until mixture is just moist. Stir in Onion. Deep fry in a pan 3 minutes on each side until golden brown.

 

Fried Catfish

1 1/2 cups buttermilk

1/4 teaspoon hot sauce

6 (4- to 6-oz.) catfish fillets

1/3 cup plain yellow cornmeal                  Louisiana Fried Catfish

1/3 cup masa harina (corn flour)*

1/3 cup all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 teaspoon ground red pepper

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

 

Whisk together buttermilk and hot sauce. Pour over fish fillets in a 9×13 pan, chill 8 hours, turning once. Combine cornmeal and next 6 ingredients in dish. Allow fish to stand 10 minutes, before dredging in cornmeal mixture. Fry in Peanut oil.

 

These three recipes will be easy to make and prepare days in advance and the gumbo can even be frozen to keep for your big day. The reciepe comes from Houma Louisiana These recipes will be easy for you and your wedding party to make and your ushers to serve. Your guests will leave with a heart-warming home-cooked Cajun meal.

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