Posts Tagged ‘Cayenne pepper’

My love for Cajun food called me to the kitchen today to cook some new recipes.  I love eggplant fries now more than potato fries. Oh, my! They are so light and bursting with flavor. The Andouille sausage adds life to the white beans and makes you want to dance. Hot corn bread with a tad of butter makes the hearts spin over your head as if you just fell and saw stars. Enjoy!

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Cajun White Beans and Andouille Sausage

1 pound small white beans

1 large onion chopped

1/4 cup green onion tops

1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

2 bay leaves

1/4 cup butter (optional)

1 link of Andouille Sausage chopped

Salt and Cayenne Pepper to taste

Wash your beans and let them soak at least eight hours or overnight. With enough water to cover beans, bring to a boil and add all ingredients except optional butter. Simmer for three hours. Beans should be tender. At the end you may add butter and stir for additional flavor if you so choose. You can eat these by themselves in a bowl or serve over white rice. This recipe will serve 6 people easily.

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Eggplant Fries

2 eggplants peeled and sliced like fries

1/2 cup flour

1/2 cup unseasoned bread crumbs

3 eggs beaten with about 1 tablespoon Louisiana Hot Sauce

Salt to sprinkle on eggplant

Cayenne Pepper to taste

Canola Oil for frying

Salt your eggplant fingers in a colander for about 15 minutes. Rinse them well after they drain and dry them. Take the flour, breadcrumbs, and cayenne pepper and mix thoroughly. You will use this for your coating. Dip the eggplant into the egg mixture, bread, and fry. This recipe serves 6-8 easily.

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Cornbread

As for the cornbread, everyone has their own recipe or short cut. For me, I use Martha Stewart cornbread mix to save time.

This is how we do it down South in Texas.  Boiling water, a big pot,  and your choice of seasonings.

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Down in the swamps of Southern Louisiana lives one of the best cultures in the World in my opinion. Cajuns are a humble people who know how to have a good time without all the excesses of life. Some would call it simplicity. When it comes to food there’s no exception. This simple meal consists of Boudin which is a Cajun sausage stuffed with rice, pork, green onions, and of course cayenne pepper. On the side, we have another favorite which is rice, okra, and tomatoes. Delicious!

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