New Orleans Creole Jambalaya

New Orleans Creole Jambalaya

Mardi Gras is almost upon up, and Mardi Gras always makes me think of New Orleans and New Orleans always makes me think of Jambalaya. See how my mind works? It’s all about the food, lol! And while my fave Jambalaya Recipe is already on my site, one made with a roux (that’s said to be the Cajun-style) I really wanted to up my game this year and perfect a Creole-style Jambalaya, the tomato-y kind. Yeah, I’ had to get out of my (very delish) Cajun rut and make this New Orleans Creole Jambalaya for Mardi Gras this year.

New Orleans Creole Jambalaya

New Orleans Creole Jambalaya

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New Orleans Instant Pot Yaka Mein - Stovetop directions, too.

Instant Pot Yaka Mein

I have seen so many articles and posts about Yaka Mein, ever since Anthony Bourdain featured Miss Linda Green on his show, “No Reservations.” But Yaka Mein first came on my radar in this article from Go Nola. I knew I just had to taste Yaka Mein and I knew the only way that was going to happen is if I made it myself. So here is my Instant Pot Yaka Mein. (Stovetop directions included, too.)

New Orleans Instant Pot Yaka Mein - Stovetop directions, too.

New Orleans Instant Pot Yaka Mein – Stovetop directions, too.

Yaka Mein has a long history so I’m not going to go too much into that because it’s been covered extensively elsewhere, like in this article from The Deep South. I am going to tell you to make it if I can be so bossy! And make it soon. There’s no need to lose another day without having Yaka Mein in your belly!

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Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker) Opelousas

Instant Pot Opelousas

So you all know (if you follow me – and if you don’t, I’d love it if you would, here with email (on the right) or on facebook or twitter I cooked up a ham for Thanksgiving. And what a ham it was! The stunning and absolutely delish Biltmore House’s Tawny Baked Ham. It was just a half ham, but of course, there were leftovers! And this year, part of those leftovers went to make Instant Pot Opelousas.

Instant Pot Opelousas

Instant Pot Opelousas

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Fried Green Tomatoes

Fried Green Tomatoes with Spicy Remoulade

Fried Green Tomatoes with Spicy Remoulade Sauce

I have family that lives in the South and have visited Georgia many times. I’ve been to Atlanta as well as a few outlying areas. I’ve been to Tennessee and North and South Carolina, Louisiana and Florida. I’ve been to Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland. But never once while I’ve been in the South, have I ever had Fried Green Tomatoes.

Fried Green Tomatoes

Fried Green Tomatoes – just look at that!!

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Grilled Cajun Chicken Salad

Grilled Cajun Chicken Salad

This is one of our newer family faves – Grilled Cajun Chicken Salad. It has a bit of spice but it’s not over the top and it’s a perfect foil for the creamy ranch-style dressing. This is a marvelous summer recipe, but its bold flavors can easily spill into fall with no problem. Oh heck, it’s good anytime.

Grilled Cajun Chicken Salad

Grilled Cajun Chicken & Salad

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Home-Made Cajun Spice Blend

Cajun Spice Blend

Are you a lover of Cajun food? I am. I love Cajun Spices and Seasonings and this is my favorite Cajun Spice Blend. It’s a little spicy, yes, but Cajun Spice Blend has so many different layers of flavor. It’s not just all about the heat.

Stuffed Cajun Chicken Breasts

Stuffed Cajun Chicken Breasts

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Dark or Red Roux for Jambalaya or other Louisiana/ New Orleans recipes

Dark or Red Roux

A dark or Red Roux (pronounced roo) is what gives my Jambalaya, below (as well as other classic dishes) its indescribable flavor. Try this with caution if you’ve never made a roux – the nutty flavor will haunt you to the rest of your days and once you’ve had a great roux in a dish…well, there’s no going back.

Jambalaya - This one is Sausage and Chicken made with a Roux

Jambalaya – This one is Sausage and Chicken made with a Roux

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Cajun Jambalaya Recipe - Classic Roux Based Jambalaya

Jambalaya Recipe

Jambalaya truly reflects a cultural heritage carried into the New World, nurtured and melded into its own special blend – hundreds of years ago, displaced French Canadians settled into the Louisiana area and adapted this dish to their new surroundings. A lovely melange of vegetables, earthy sausage and chicken are in this Cajun Jambalaya Recipe and it has just the right amount of spice to be interesting. Then Y’all can pass the hot sauce at the table! Happy dance!

Jambalaya - perfectly cooked rice, make either roux or tomato based jambalaya

Do get a good color on sausage and chicken – the chicken should not be cooked through at this point

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Tyler Florence's Shrimp Po' Boys.

Shrimp Po’ Boys

Tyler Florence…my hero!  I used his basic recipe for Po’ Boys – with a few deletions and additions, and it is amazing! His Creole sauce is so good, my son went nuts over it. While these may look like a basic Po’ Boy, I promise you, they are anything but. I’ve had them in many different areas of the country and these beat out every restaurant version.

Tyler Florence's Shrimp Po' Boys.

Tyler Florence’s Fabulously Frugal Shrimp Po’ Boys.

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Red Beans & Rice - the classic recipe

Red Beans & Rice

Years ago, my son and I had Red Beans and Rice in New Orleans – and if you’ve had that experience, you know how the flavors of that dish can literally haunt you; you’ll think about it, taste it again in your mind, and not be satisfied until you have it again. Luckily, its only a food or I’d sound like some kind of crazy stalker…

Red Beans & Rice - the classic recipe

Red Beans & Rice – the classic recipe

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