Saturday, August 27, 2016

Fried Okra with Green Onion Aioli

This a recipe I picked up from NOLA Fried Okra which is sometimes called Southern popcorn, as it is addictive when eating it (you just can’t stop) It was served w/Green Onion Aioli,

Star with 1 lb Fresh Okra, trim both ends cut into 1/2 inch pieces

Egg wash:
3 Egg Yolks
3/4 Cup Buttermilk or whole milk
2 Tbsp Hot sauce
2 Tbsp Kosher salt
1 tsp Cayenne

1/2 Cup White Corn Meal
1/2 Cup Corn Flour
2 Tbsp Kosher salt 1 tsp Cayenne
1 Tbsp Garlic Powder

Heat the oil to 360 degrees F.

Whisk together the egg yolks, milk, hot sauce, salt, and Cayenne. Place the cut Okra into the egg wash, mixing it up a bit to cover. Let stand 15 minutes.

While letting stand combine cornmeal, flour, w/seasonings in a brown paper bag shake well. (that's the way I was taught to coat anything) Take okra out of the wash and drop in the bag (shaking well) Do in stages making certain coating is even. Fry in small batches 'til golden brown (this is to prevent overcrowding the pan resulting in making the okra greasy) drain on a paper towels or paper bags Season with salt as soon as you take from grease/oil.

Green Onion Aioli Recipe:                  
 4 Tbsp Sliced Green Onions                
1 Tbsp minced Garlic                  
1 egg
2 tsp Lemon juice
1/2 tsp Kosher salt
1 pinch Cayenne
1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil

Combine the green onions garlic egg lemon juice, and salt in  a food processor. Puree well 'til mixture is green. With motor running on low speed slowly drizzle in the oil thickening  the mixture


Sunday, July 10, 2016

Blackened Chicken

    1/2 teaspoon paprika                           
    1/8 teaspoon salt
    1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
    1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
    1/8 teaspoon ground white pepper
    1/8 teaspoon onion powder
    2 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
    cooking spray or oil
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
    Lightly grease a baking sheet.
    Heat a cast iron skillet over high heat 5 minutes 'til smoking hot.
    Mix the paprika, salt, cayenne, cumin, thyme, white pepper, & onion powder.
    Oil chicken breasts with on both sides coat breasts evenly w/spice mixture.
    Place the chicken in the hot pan, and cook for 1 minute on other side.
    Place the breasts on the prepared baking sheet.
    Bake in the preheated oven until not pink in center and the juices run clear
    (5 min)
Tip:  Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Easy Cajun Blackened Salmon

This is one I came across awhile back
For the Smoked Cajun Spice Blend:

    6 tablespoons smoked sweet paprika
    4 tablespoons kosher salt
    4 tablespoons garlic powder
    3 tablespoons dried thyme
    2 tablespoons onion powder
    2 tablespoons cayenne pepper
   (can be adjusted depending on your heat tolerance.)
    2 tablespoons dried leaf oregano
    1 tablespoon black pepper
For the Cajun Blackened Salmon (per serving):
    1 skinless, boneless salmon fillet
    (if frozen, thawed completely according to package instructions)
    1 teaspoon or so Homemade Smoked Cajun Spice Blend (to taste)
    2 teaspoons canola, grapeseed, or peanut oil
Optional, for serving:
    Hot cooked rice
    Mango Salsa or other fruit salsa
To Make the Smoked Cajun Spice Blend:
    Whisk all the ingredients together.
    (Stores in a jar with an airtight lid for 6 months or so)
To Make the Cajun Blackened Salmon:
 1) Lightly pat both sides of the fish fillet with a paper towel to remove any excess moisture. Careful to not squash the fish sprinkle at least ½ of a teaspoon of the Homemade Smoked Cajun Spice Blend over each side of the fish fillet. For stronger flavor or (if you're using a larger fillet), sprinkle about 2 tsps of  Smoked Cajun Spice Blend on each side of the fillet.
  2) Place a clean, dry cast-iron skillet medium-high burner 1 minute. Add oil swirl it to coat when oil shimmers lay seasoned fish fillet down in the pan until the fish appears to be cooked (color changes from bright pink to opaque ⅔ of the way up the sides; if it smells like the spices are blackening too quickly, turn the heat down a little)
3) When cooked ⅔ of the way up turn over (cook for 1 more minute) or until the fish appears opaque or cooked all the way up the sides.
Transfer the fillets to a plate or platter and lightly tent with foil. Remember that fish as meat- continues to cook a bit or @ rest when removed from heat.

Blackened Salmon and Rice

 2 cups rice                  
 2 1/2 tablespoons paprika                                     
 3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
 1 teaspoon dried thyme
 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
 3 1/2 unsalted butter
 Juice of 1 lemon
 1 1-ounce can corn kernels (drained)
 1/3 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
 1 lemon (cut in wedges)

 1) Heat oven to 400° F. 
 2) Cook the rice to package directions.
3) Combine paprika, cayenne, thyme, garlic  powder, and 1/2 teaspoon of the salt.
4) In a saucepan medium heat melt 2 1/2 tbs butter and add lemon juice.
5) Heat a large Cast-iron skillet medium-high heat. With 1 salmon fillet at a time, dip the top then bottom first in the lemon butter then in the spices.
6) Cook the salmon until blackened, 2 minutes per side.
(transfer to oven 8 minutes.)
7) Stir the corn, parsley, and the remaining salt and butter into the rice.

Transfer the salmon and rice to individual plates and serve with the lemon wedges


Blackening is a cooking technique used in the preparation of fish and other foods. Often associated with Cajun cuisine, technique of blackening was popularized by chef Paul Prudhomme. The characteristic brown-black color of the crust results is caused by the combination of browned milk solids in the butter and the charred mixture spices.The proteins are dipped in melted butter and dredged in a mixture of herbs and spices (some combination of thyme, oregano, chili pepper, peppercorns, salt, garlic powder and onion powder. It is then cooked in a very hot cast-iron skillet. While the original recipe calls for redfish, it can be used for other fish and meats such as pork, steak or chicken.The food is dipped in melted butter and then dredged in a mixture of herbs and spices, usually some combination of thyme, oregano, chili pepper, peppercorns, salt, garlic powder and onion powder. It is then cooked in a very hot cast-iron skillet. While the original recipe calls for redfish, it can be used for other fish and meats such as pork, steak or chicken.Here is chef Paul's recipe: Paul Prudhomme's mix                          
    1 tablespoon sweet paprika  
    2 1⁄2 teaspoons salt
    1 teaspoon onion powder
    1 teaspoon garlic powder
    1 teaspoon cayenne
    3⁄4 teaspoon white pepper
    3⁄4 teaspoon black pepper
    1⁄2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
    1⁄2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves (Serves 6)
Combine all ingredients. Keep unused portion in tight container.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Banana's Foster

When Owen Brennan (much beloved proprietor of the Old Absinthe House) was teased by Count
 Arnaud (remember him from Meunière) an Irishman's culinary skills ended with boiled potatoes he was determined to prove him wrong. In 1946 he opened Owen Brennan's Vieux Carre Restaurant on Bourbon Street where Bananas Foster, Breakfast at Brennan's, made  history.

In the early 1950's, Owen's younger brother John was running a produce company with a surplus of bananas. He asked his sister, Ella, and Chef Paul Blangé, to come up with a new dessert using these bananas. Owen Brennan decided to name a dessert after his friend and fellow member of the Metropolitan Crime Commission Richard Foster. What they came up with is now the world famous Bananas Foster. The dish was originally invented at Brennan's Vieux Carré Restaurant on Bourbon Street across from The Old Absinthe House. After a successful decade of business and Owen's untimely passing, the restaurant moved to its present quarters 417 Royal Street. (a new location with an illustrious past)

It was constructed in 1795 by the great grandfather of Edgar Degas, the famous pink building formally housed the Louisiana State Bank; it served as a private residence frequented by President Andrew Jackson, it was home to eccentric chess master Paul Morphy as well. It was owned by to Tulane University and leased and then sold to the Brennan family in 1984.
Here are their recipes                          
 •  Single batch (Serves 2-4)
1 Ounce Butter
1⁄2 Cup Light Brown Sugar
1⁄4 Tsp Cinnamon
1 1⁄2 Ounces Banana Liqueur
1 1⁄2 Ounces Aged Rum
1⁄2 Banana Per Customer
•  Single batch (Serves 5-8)
2 Ounce Butter
1 Cup Light Brown Sugar 1⁄2 Tsp Cinnamon
2 Ounces Banana Liqueur 1 1⁄2 Ounces Aged Rum
1⁄2 Banana Per Customer
 •  Combine butter, sugar, and cinnamon in a flambé pan.
As the butter melts under medium heat, add the banana liquor and stir to combine.
•  As the sauce starts to cook, peel and add the bananas to the pan.
Cook the bananas until they begin to soften (about 1-2 minutes)
•  Tilt back the pan to slightly heat the far edge. Once hot carefully add the rum, and tilt the pan toward the flame, to ignite the rum.
•  Stir the sauce to ensure that all of the alcohol cooks out. Serve cooked bananas over ice cream and top with the sauce in the pan.                                                                  

Trout Meunière (Old Style)

The original French style of trout meunière, back then, was seasoned, floured (sautéd in butter) then topped with the browned butter from the pan. This is still how the dish is still done in some restaurants. The word "meunière" is a reference to the miller of wheat (whose wife, according to French lore) cooked everything coated with flour.
I had my first example at Arnauds (when I was but a wee tyke) Apparently, this was good as it was a new style with a New Orleans twist; invented by "Count" Arnaud while trying to standardize and stabilize the sauce so the fish could be fried not sautéd. (He added a bit of stock and roux to the butter and lemon, this sauce is incredibly good and works on other fried seafood)
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tablespoons salt-free Creole seasoning
1/4 teaspoon salt
Six 8-ounce speckled trout fillets
1 1/4 sticks (10 tablespoons) butter
1 cup veal stock
2 tablespoons lemon juice, strained
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
Peanut oil, for frying
Lemon wedges
• Combine the flour, Creole seasoning, salt in a wide bowl. Rinse trout fillets and pat dry, dredge fish in the seasoned flour knocking off excess.
• Make a medium-brown roux melting the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. (when it begins to bubble add the remaining seasoned flour stirring constantly til the mixture is medium brown.
• Put stock in another saucepan over medium-high heat whisking roux til dissolved (add the lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce and vinegar simmer for 3 minutes) Remove the pan from the heat keeping sauce warm while you prepare the fish.
• You can sauté the fish in butter if you like (but it's more common in New Orleans to fry it, about  an inch or so of oil 375 degrees) Either way, cook until golden brown (about 2 minutes per side).
• Spoon the sauce over the fish and serve with lemon wedges.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Creole Salmon Fillets

These fillets bake up moist and golden brown we like our food on the spicy side. (by Florine Bruns, Fredericksburg, Texas)

Prep/Total Time: 20 min.     yield:4 servings
4 teaspoons creole seasoning
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons pepper
4 salmon fillets (6 ounces each)
1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
 In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the first three ingredients.
 add salmon (shake to coat)
 Place salmon on a broiler pan or baking sheet broil 6 in. from heat
 (10-14 min or til fish flakes)
 Sprinkle with parsley. .

Note: If no access to Creole spice the following may be substituted; for 1 tsp: 1/4 tsp each salt, garlic powder, paprika w/a pinch dried thyme, ground cumin and cayenne pepper.

Cajun Salmon

Been awhile since I was able to have access to my blog here's a new recipe

Prep Time:5 min Cook Time:12 min Total Time:17 min  Serving Size: 4
1 salmon fillet skin on boneless
2 tsp Cajun or Creole seasonings
2 tsp black pepper
2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp onion powder
1 tsp paprika
pinch of cayenne pepper
1 lemon, zested, juiced
1/4 cup Italian parsley (minced)
3 tbl extra virgin olive oil
Preheat oven to 475 degrees. Mix seasoning blend rinse salmon (pat dry)
Place salmon on oven proof pan
(coat both sides with olive oil)
Season salmon with seasoning blend (rub into salmon on both sides)
Place salmon skin side down top with lemon juice and zest.
Bake at 475 for 10-12 minutes top with parsley and serve with extra lemon when done

Pan Seared Creole Salmon

A little bit of creole seasoning makes the pan seared salmon filet shine
Season w/Tony Chachere's Original Creole Seasoning
(my preferred  any Cajun or Creole seasoning will work )
Prep time 5 min Cook time 10 min Total time 15 min Serves: 2
2 Skinless salmon filet
(preferably w/skin off it's messy to remove at serving time)
1 tbs olive oil
1 tbs butter
Lightly (do not put too much seasoning on) sprinkle one side of salmon filet
Heat olive oil in a large cast iron pan or a non-stick skillet (medium-high heat) Once very hot (but not smoking) put salmon w/season side down
(should make a sizzling sound)
depending on thickness of filet turn salmon over carefully (3-4 min)
continue cooking 2-3 min
when salmon is right on the verge of being done add the butter to the pan when melted ladle/baste over tops of salmon (a couple of min)
                                  Remove salmon from skillet and serve

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Iron Skillet Southern (Country) Fried Corn

Fried corn is a southern favorite; this was and still is my first and preferred for creamed style corn . I always knew it as country fried.
(Prep time: 15 min |Cook time: 40 min | Yield: About 6 to 8 servings)

 4 slices of bacon
10-12 ears of white, yellow or bi-color corn on the cob, shucked, stripped and
scraped (sometimes referred to as milking the cob)
    1/2 tablespoon of granulated sugar
    4 tablespoons of unsalted butter
    1/2 cup of whole milk, half and half, or heavy cream (optional)
    Fresh cracked black pepper, to taste
    Kosher salt, only if needed (taste first!)  
In a large cast iron skillet, chop bacon and cook to crisp; remove and set aside, reserving the drippings in the skillet. While that is cooking, clean the corn, except remove only the tops of the corn kernels. Then, using the blunt side of the knife, scrape the remaining pulp and milk from the cob. Sprinkle the kernels with the sugar; stir and set aside.
In the same skillet that you fried the bacon in, add all of the butter to the bacon drippings and melt over medium heat. Add all of the corn, pulp and juices, and about 1 tablespoon of the cream. Continue cooking over medium low heat, stirring often and adding additional cream as the corn begins to dry, just enough to keep the corn slightly moist. Reduce to low and cook about 30 minutes, or until corn is tender. Add pepper and half of the bacon; taste and adjust for salt only as needed. Transfer corn to serving dish, crumble remaining bacon on top and sprinkle with parsley, if desired. Recipe may easily be halved.

Cook's Notes: Turn heat up to medium high at the end to brown, if desired. Substitute well-drained canned or frozen corn when fresh is out of season - 3/4 cup of kernels is roughly equal to 1 ear. Allow frozen corn to thaw slightly before using it and for canned or frozen, cook only until corn is heated through well.

Cajun Corn and Bacon Maque Choux

To reiterate:  Maque choux  a traditional dish of southern Louisiana. (It is thought to be an amalgam of Creole and American Indian cultural influence; the name is more than likely to be derived from the French interpretation of the Native American name) It usually contains corn, green bell pepper, onion, and sometimes garlic, celery, and tomato. The ingredients are braised in a pot. Historically bacon grease was used for the braising stage, although various combinations of oil, butter, or cream may be substituted. (that is why Chef Paul's family favorite recipe I'd given before is a lighter variation) The vegetables are then left to simmer until they reach a tender consistency, with chicken stock or water added as necessary. The dish is generally finished with salt and a combination of red and black pepper. Some cooks include hot sauce and a bit of sugar for greater complexity. Here's another one not by Chef Paul.

    6 ears corn, husked and cleaned
    2 tablespoons vegetable oil
    1 large onion, thinly sliced
    1 cup green bell pepper, chopped
    1 large fresh tomato, chopped
    1/4 cup milk
    salt to taste
    cayenne pepper
    1/4 cup chopped green onions
    8 strips crisply cooked bacon, crumbled
    Add all ingredients to list
    Cut corn off the cobs by thinly slicing across the tops of the kernels; place in a medium bowl. Cut across the kernels again to release milk from the corn, add milk to bowl. Set aside.
    Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and green pepper, cook until onion is transparent, about 5 to 8 minutes. Combine corn, tomatoes, and milk with the onion mixture. Reduce heat to medium low, and cook 20 minutes longer, stirring frequently to prevent sticking. Do not boil. Season with salt and cayenne pepper. Lower heat, cover skillet, and cook 5 to 10 minutes longer. Stir in green onions and bacon. Remove from heat and serve.