Cajun in your slow cooker.
I usually stick with tried and true traditional items when I use my slow cooker pot roast and chicken, but did you know that you can make Cajun dishes in your Crock Pot?
Jambalaya, gumbo, beans and rice, and stew are all easy to cook in the slow cooker. Why? Because they’re not complicated or fussy. The neat thing about this type of ethnic cooking is recipes are not set in stone.
When recipes were passed from one generation to the next, ingredients were substituted as needed because of what was available at the time. That is probably why there are so many different variations of the same recipe. Shrimp, oysters, crab, wild game, fish, pork, beans, okra, tomatoes, and rice are all staples in Cajun cooking, but are specific to regions.
Because Cajun foods have an exotic multi-layered flavor and that ‘bite’ we love, many people think that the recipes call for dozens of different or complicated spices and mixes, but that is not so. There are really just a few very recognizable spices and condiments that give Cajun food its unmistakable taste.
Essentials needed for Cajun cooking
Cayenne pepper is the most common spice used in this type of cooking. The mature pepper is ground into a fine powder and is used in conjunction with white and black pepper to give recipes a potent kick.
Gumbo powder, called filé powder, made from ground sassafras leaves, is used in gumbos, soups and stews not only to flavor the food but to thicken the sauce as well.
Tabasco sauce is one Cajun spice most of us are familiar with. It is used in cooking and as a condiment on the table. You will find other hot sauces to enjoy, but you don’t want to eliminate Tabasco sauce from your kitchen.
Creole mustard is also a common ingredient found in Cajun cuisine. Although it is often used as a spread for sandwiches and as a dip, many recipes also call for it as an added ingredient in sauces, marinades, and other dishes.
Cajun slow cooker cooking is very flexible and tasty. Whether you want exotic dinners or just plain old good eating, Cajun foods and flavors fit the bill. Because many Cajun dishes are traditionally slow-cooked in one pot, you will find it easy to transform your favorite Cajun meals and make them right in your slow cooker. All you need is the right ingredients, spices, and a little imagination. Oh, yes, and a hearty appetite!
I’d love to hear what Cajun meals you’ve made in your slow cooker.
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