Real Cajun Cooking lets you choose from hundreds of authentic Cajun recipes. Learn to easily prepare and cook original Cajun-style family meals with help from south Louisiana's Cajun cook and connoisseur, Jacques Gaspard, who's been preparing great Cajun meals for several decades. Create the best gumbos, seafood, jambalaya, stews,, salads and deserts – the way they were originally prepared. Besides great original recipes, you will discover a hodgepodge of stories, recordings, music, videos and humorous anecdotes to entertain. So enjoy! Don't forget to tell all of your family and friends about Real Cajun Cooking. They will thank you for it.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

World's Smallest Cajun Cabins (For Rent)

If you ever decide to vacation in North America's own 'land down under' called Acadiana, be sure to check out these quaint little cabins which are located near the center of the Atchafalaya River Basin Swamp.You can't beat the prices. But there's a catch: You must call my cousin, Carlos Daigle, at (337)-228-7801 to find out how much the rentals are. Just tell him that his cousin, Jacques Gaspard, (me) ask you to call.

PS. You will notice a phone number posted at the bottom of the Cajun Cabins slideshow. Please disregard it and use the one posted above to contact Carlos. Thanks!




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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Cajun Style Ground Beef and Turnip Burgers

Cajun-style Ground Beef and Turnip Burgers are juicy AND delicious!

Anyone who knows me well also knows that I'm always experimenting with something new in my kitchen.

The other day a friend gave me a bag of turnips--each about the size of a baseball.

Turnip
What to do with 'em, I wondered?

Last night I boiled two of them. I ate one while it was still hot and I let the other cool down for the purposes of mashing it later and mixing it with ground beef to make a burger (just to find out how it would taste).

I used 1/2 of a mashed turnip to about 1/4 lb. of 80/20 mix ground beef (20% fat and 80% lean).  I also added a few of my favorite Cajun spices to the mix for extra flavor.

The results were great!

Although I could barely taste the turnip (maybe a little) it had the affect of creating a juicy and delicious burger without a lot of shrinkage. I think I'm on to something here??

I hope you enjoy this new Cajun-style ground beef and turnip burger recipe as much as I did. It's always good to learn one more way to cook and enjoy turnips.

One other note. The ingredients listed below is for only one burger. You will have to adjust it to make several burgers at a time.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 lb. ground beef (80/20)
  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 1/2 boiled turnip (mashed)
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cayenne pepper         
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
  • salt to taste

Instructions

  1. thoroughly mix the ground beef, mashed turnip and dry ingredients together
  2. in a skillet melt the 1 tbsp. of butter
  3. fry on both sides (medium heat) for a few minutes until completely cooked
  4. serve as a sandwich or opened face


CYL (catch ya later)... back to my lab.

Bon appetite! Ahheeee!! 
KT

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Monday, May 12, 2014

Fish Courtbillion (fish soup)

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs. fresh fish
  • 1 cup onions, chopped
  • ½ cup celery, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large can tomato sauce
  • 1 medium can Rotel tomatoes
  • 2 medium bay leaves
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 cup cooking oil
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
Cut fish into bite size pieces. Season generously with salt, red and black pepper then set aside.

Using the flour and oil, prepare a roux to medium brown color. Add onions and celery. Cook over medium heat in uncovered pot until onions are barely soft, stirring constantly. Add tomato sauce, Rotel tomatoes, bay leaves, and water. Cook about 40 minutes to 1 hour. Add garlic and fish. Continue cooking over medium heat for about 25 minutes.

Serve in soup bowls with cooked long grain rice. Use bread or hush puppies. Serves 8 to 10 people.

(K-T)
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