Recipes for a Cajun Feast

Love Cajun food? We sure do, especially after a trip to New Orleans many moons ago (pre-kids!). My husband and I are complete foodies and he got a hold of this fabulous cookbook called “Pirate’s Pantry.”

One of our fave cookbooks!In it you can find a multitude of recipes, anything from gumbo to icebox cake to fried alligator. There’s even illustrations for skinning wild game! Ha–in case you’re wondering, those are NOT ones I am planning to try or blog about. Nothing too gamey for this girl. Anyway, we decided to do a little cajun feast for ourselves and my brother-in-law today. What was on the menu? Red beans and rice, skillet cornbread, and cabbage Heidi. (And yes, I have a daughter named Heidi as well, pure coincidence!) All I can say is there were some incredible smells emanating from our kitchen, and when we dug in, there was no disappointment! Mmm, Mmmm, Mmmmmm… Sound delectable? Give it a try! The only thing we were missing was fried shrimp and sweet tea.           

Red Beans and Rice

1 lb smoked sausage
1 chopped onion
1 chopped pepper
2 ribs celery, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 lg can kidney beans
1 lg jar whole canned tomatoes
salt and pepper to taste
optional seasonings-chili powder, cumin, bay leaf
Saute sausage and veggies in a large skillet with some olive oil. When veggies are soft, add kidney beans and tomatoes. Simmer for 20-30 minutes. Serve with rice. Dig in!
Cabbage Heidi
4 slices bacon
1 medium head cabbage, coarsely chopped
1 large onion, chopped
1 tsp caraway seeds
1 tsp cider vinegar
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup chicken stock
1 cup sour cream
Cut bacon into bits and brown with chopped onion. Add all of the other ingredients except sour cream. Simmer, covered, for about 30 min. Add sour cream a few minutes before serving and heat through. Enjoy!
Our very own Heidi, cooking up a storm with her Daddy.

I served skillet cornbread with our meal. I’ll admit to the fact that I used a mix, though I often make it from scratch. By the way, it was a Marie Callender’s mix and it was darn good!

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