When I make my Shrimp Po’ Boys, adapted from a Tyler Florence recipe – or should I say, fabulously frugalized, I always take a minute or two to whip up extra of this little spice mixture. It’s become a bit of a “house” seasoning.
Does it seem to simple to be true? Well, almost, but the smoked paprika is the Stealth Ingredient, here. It differs quite a bit from the Creole and Cajun spice blends I often mix up. Without many of the other flavorings found in some of the more complex blends, this Po’ Boy seasoning rings out clear and true, with just a bit of a bite and a subtle smokiness in almost any recipe it’s used in.
I double or triple this seasoning and put it in a little jar with a shaker lid and keep it on hand. Try it, of course, in your Po’ Boy breading (this makes enough for the Po’ Boys), but use it over or in other dishes, too. Add it to marinades, either buttermilk ones or oil based. Toss a bit in any breading mixture. Shake it on top of grilled items, in dipping sauces or over potatoes. A pinch in a Hollandaise sauce works magic.
Po' Boy Seasoning
- 2 teaspoons onion powder
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
- Pinch cayenne
- Black pepper (optional)
Mix together, makes about 1 1/2 tablespoons. Very easy to increase – simply use tablespoons as the measurement instead of teaspoons.
To see the Cajun & Creole seasonings, as well as others, check out my Spice, Herb & Flavor Packet substitutions page.
I want to thank Your Gateway to Health for commenting on my Top Secret Super Stealth Arsenal of Ingredients and reminding me of how much both Smoked Paprika & Liquid Smoke can add to a recipe! It’s fun to see a personal trainer who is all about balance and nutrition and who can throw down a recipe, too!
If you’d like to see more of my spice & herb blends, check out Spice, Herb & Flavor Packet Substitutes. I’m adding as I go along!