It is the time of year for families to gather for the great feast. Food tends to be the centerpiece of the celebration. There are family members who look forward to the traditional feast with all the trimming, but there are some family members who complain about the same ol’ foods each year. I am still in a state of shock when one of my family members complained about the traditional Thanksgiving meal.
There is a compromise for a situation like this. Incorporate some new recipes with traditional items. This adds an element of surprise to the meal. Using a few Cajun Thanksgiving recipes, as a side or a main dish, is sure to add an unexpected kick to your meal.
Welcoming Your Guests
A delicious and warm way to welcome your guests is to have a pot of Seafood Gumbo simmering. This makes a good appetizer or first course. This recipe is chock full of items from the sea: shrimp, oysters, crab meat, and red snapper. Also, it uses another staple of Cajun cooking, okra. Take a look at the recipe at LouisianaCookin.com – Seafood Gumbo. If you do not have access to all of the ingredients, you are able to tweak the recipe and still have plenty of flavor.
When I hear the phrase “Cajun Recipes”. Two thoughts pop in my head (spicy and seafood). The recipe for Seafood Stuffed Peppers + Bayou Blues totally fits the bill. This recipe uses Cajun Seasoning and Tabasco Sauce for spicy heat. Crab meat, shrimp, and of course crawfish are the meats in the dish. The Cajun Delights provides the recipe and directions for this Cajun side dish.
This side dish is sure to spark some conversation at the dinner table.
Another great side dish, that uses a lot of harvest vegetables, is Cajun Corn Maque Choux. Think of this as Cajun Succotash with the addition of andouille sausage.The recipe is quick and easy to prepare. Also, it is an award winning recipe from Southern Living magazine.
Turkey remains a traditional food in Cajun Thanksgiving menus. As with most turkey recipes, preparation needs to begin a day prior to Thanksgiving for Cajun Spiced Turkey. The turkey needs to “cure” in a Cajun Spicy Mix. At BonAppetit.com, you can find the recipes for the spicy mix and the recipe for roasting the turkey.
The next recipe comes directly from a mother in New Orleans. It features ham with some interesting flavors and influences from different cultures, but it has the simple name of Cajun Baked Ham. This shows that simple names can have complex flavors.
What better way is there to celebrate Thanksgiving, than with foods from different cultures. Just like the first Thanksgiving. May your guests enjoy a new tradition.