It's no secret that I go crazy for spicy food. So it should also be a given that Cajun fare is near and dear to my heat-loving palate. It may just be my favorite "American" cuisine. (Like that was much of a competition) From perfectly dressed, meaty muffulettas to Jambalaya loaded with andouille, rabbit, tomatoes, and everything between, to a lusciously flavorful crawfish etouffee, I go nuts for it all.
Oh, and the charbroiled oysters. My goodness, those charbroiled oysters.
Enough with my salivating and day dreaming about a trip to N'awlins. Today is Fat Tuesday so while I can't provide you with a play by play of the delectable dishes I'm (not) currently eating in NOLA, I can share a few of my most-loved, tried and true, Cajun/Creole staples.
Mr. B's BBQ Shrimp (Get the Recipe Here)
My, oh, my how this devastatingly decadent shrimp captures my soul. So, so, so buttery and so ridiculously flavorful too. With a sauce that I could swim in, this dish is a match made in heaven with some fresh basked French bread. Mr. B's is a one of the *many* food havens in NOLA and it's this recipe that they're the most famous for. Eat this on a "cheat day," ideally after a very long and strenuous work out.
Patrick's Chicken and Sausage (Dark Roux) Gumbo (Get the Recipe Here)
Guys, my brother's gumbo could cure the plague. Seriously, it's better than any gumbo I've ever had...and yes, that includes traditionally prepared gumbo varieties in Nola. His famous rendition is requested at parties on end...and he often obliges....because he may be modest, but he also knows just how amazing it is, too. He gets the roux super dark so that the Cajun soup boasts an extreme depth of flavor. Creating a black roux is a talent, friends. A talent that he's certainly mastered. See if you can do the same. It's definitely worth a shot.
My Simple and Spicy Shrimp Creole (Get the Recipe Here)
If you want a simple weeknight meal that's sure to delight your tastebuds, then go no further. My Shrimp Creole is about as uncomplicated as it gets and is packed with tons of flavor. With a trinity base (celery, onion, and green bell pepper), tomatoes, Worcestershire, cayenne, hot sauce, and plump shrimp...this dish will give you a delicious taste of Mardi Gras without all the fuss.
My apologies for the terrible photo on this one. Was from a time when photography was definitely not my strong suit. Need to cook up this dinner again soon and actually remember to take some pictures before scarfing it down.