Slap Ya Mama’s Seafood Lasagna

Slap Ya Mama’s Seafood Lasagna

Looking for some Cajun seafood recipes for dinner? Try Slap Ya Mama’s Seafood Lasagna. Our zesty Cajun lasagna features shrimp, crabmeat, and crawfish complete with Slap Ya Mama’s etouffee sauce to really pack a punch in flavor. See full recipe ingredients and prep time.

Ingredients:

  • 1 16oz Jar of Slap Ya Mama Etouffee Sauce
  • 1 lb Shrimp, Peeled & Deviened
  • ½ lb Crab Meat
  • ½ lb Crawfish Tails (if available)
  • ½ Cup Water
  • 12 Lasagna Noodles
  • 4 cups Mozzarella Cheese, Shredded
  • ¾ Cup Parmesan Cheese, grated
  • 15 oz Ricotta Cheese
  • 1 Egg

Directions:

In a 6 quart pot, add Slap Ya Mama Etouffee Sauce, shrimp, crab and crawfish.  (If you don’t have access to crawfish, you can substitute with ½ pound more of shrimp or crab).  Add ½ cup of water.  Bring to a light boil, cover and let simmer for 15 minutes stirring occasionally.  Remove from heat and let rest.

Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil.  Cook lasagna noodles in boiling water for approximately 12 minutes.  Drain noodles and rinse with cold water.  In a mixing bowl, combine ricotta cheese and egg.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

To assemble, spread half of the etouffee sauce mixture in the bottom of a 9” x 13” baking dish.  Arrange 6 lasagna noodles lengthwise over etouffee sauce.  Spread half of the ricotta cheese mixture over noodles.  Layer with one half of mozzarella over ricotta cheese.  Spread remaining half of etouffee sauce mixture over mozzarella and sprinkle ¼ cup parmesan cheese.  Layer another 6 lasagna noodles and remaining ricotta cheese, mozzarella and parmesan cheese.  Cover with foil, making sure it doesn’t touch the cheese.

Bake at 375 degrees F for 20 minutes. Remove foil and bake for another 30 minutes.  Cool for 15 minutes before serving.  Enjoy!

Serves 8

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Crazy Cajun Sundaes

Crazy Cajun Sundaes

by Tracy of 37 Cooks

Slap Ya Mama introduces the Crazy Cajun Sundaes brought to you by 37 Cooks featuring our savory Red Beans & Rice and Cajun Fish Fry ingredients with a hint of our hot blend seasoning for even more flavor!Here is a spin on the famous BBQ Sundaes. I think you will love this version. You can mix and match glassware for presentation. If it is for a potluck, pile the ingredients in a trifle dish. For a more casual twist, serve them in clear plastic cups. There is no set way to layer theses, mix and match them anyway you like. Or, set everything out separately and let your guests decide how to stack them.

serves 8-10

Red Beans and Rice:

Ingredients:

Directions:

Prepare Red Beans and Rice according to package directions to include the sausage. Let sit uncovered for about 15 minutes to allow it to thicken.

Fried Okra:

Ingredients:

 Directions:

In a bowl mix the okra, egg and buttermilk until okra is covered. In small batches, toss the okra into the fish fry, covering completely. Set on a baking sheet. Heat vegetable oil on medium-high heat for about 5 minutes, until oil is hot. Fry the okra in batches until golden brown, about 1-2 minutes. Drain on paper towels.

Cajun Slaw:

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups shredded cole slaw mix
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bunch scallions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, minced
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, minced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon prepared horseradish
  • 1 Tablespoon Slap Ya Mama Hot Blend Cajun Seasoning
  • Salt to taste

 Directions:

In a bowl mix together, slaw, garlic, scallions, parsley, red and green bell peppers. In another small bowl, whisk olive oil, vinegar, mustard, horseradish , Slap Ya Mama Hot Blend Cajun Seasoning and salt. When thoroughly combined, pour over vegetables and stir to coat. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Assemble the Sundaes by layering Red Beans and Rice, Okra, and Cajun Slaw. Top with a heaping pile of Cajun Slaw. Garnish with cherry tomatoes and a sausage slice.

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Slap Ya Mama Cajun Meatball Sandwiches

Slap Ya Mama Cajun Meatball Sandwiches

Slap Ya Mama Cajun Meatball Sandwiches brought to you by 37 Cooks features an amazing blend of delicious Cajun flavors that you have to taste to believe. Our signature Cajun gumbo dinner mix delivers unparalleled flavor complemented by our Cajun fish fry to deliver the final blow.Just as gumbo is a dish that can be made with many meats — or combinations of meats — these meatballs could be created with almost any ground meat you desire. Rather than beef and pork, perhaps throw in veal, bison, chicken or even shrimp! The resulting meatball is as warm, sloppy and delicious as a meatball sub from your favorite deli or concession stand, but the unconventional use of the Slap Ya Mama Cajun Gumbo Dinner Mix gives them a LOT of flavor with little effort. (Shh! Don’t tell.)

I particularly enjoyed the tomato sauce/unpickled giardiniera, though. Sweet and hot, cooked into a thick and chunky paste, it could be an ideal condiment for almost any hot sandwich.

Note: Instead of in sandwiches, the meatballs and vegetables can also be served alone or over another starch, such as rice or orzo pasta.

Slap Ya Mama Cajun Meatball Sandwiches

By Kate of 37 Cooks

Ingredients:

For the meatballs:

For the sauce/giardiniera:

  • 28-ounce can chopped fire-roasted tomatoes
  • 1 onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 2 bell peppers, seeded and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup sliced pepperoncini
  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh oregano, or 1 teaspoon dried
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dark brown sugar

For the sandwiches:

  • Sliced provolone cheese
  • 8-10 sandwich buns, toasted

Directions:

Combine milk and Slap Ya Mama Cajun Gumbo Dinner Mix in a large bowl, and allow to sit for at least 20 minutes for the gumbo mix to rehydrate.

Preheat oven to 425°F. Prepare a baking sheet with a layer of parchment paper and a layer of cooking spray.

Add the remaining meatball ingredients to the bowl with the gumbo mix and mix together, only until combined. Do not overwork the meat mixture. Add more breadcrumbs if mixture is too moist.

Using a 2 Tablespoon measuring spoon, scoop the meat into balls and place on the baking sheet, making sure the meatballs do not touch.

Bake the meatballs for 8-10 minutes, until almost cooked through. Then turn the oven to broil for 2 minutes to toast the exterior; flip the meatballs and broil 1-2 minutes longer to toast the other side.

Meanwhile, for the sauce, combine the tomatoes, vegetables, oregano and sugar in a pot and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover and allow to simmer 20-30 minutes. Stir regularly, smashing the tomatoes against the pan wall occasionally to break them up. The vegetables’ liquid should be almost completely evaporated. If not, continue to simmer until you achieve the desired consistency.

Assemble the sandwiches with a layer of sauce, the meatballs, provolone cheese and more sauce. Return the sandwiches to the warm oven to melt the cheese, if desired.

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NFL Cancels Slap Ya Mama Red Zone Promotion

NFL Cancels Slap Ya Mama Red Zone Promotion

 

Representatives of the popular Cajun food products company, Slap Ya Mama, have been informed by Cox Sports Television (CST) that the NFL will no longer allow the Slap Ya Mama Red Zone in the Saints’ final preseason game because of concerns about the Slap Ya Mama name.

On Tuesday, August 19th, Marc Leunissen, Director of Sales, Cox Media Louisiana sent an email to the advertising representative for Walker & Sons, Inc., Slap Ya Mama Cajun Products, stating, “In light of the domestic violence issues facing the NFL, they have instructed CST pull the Slap Ya Mama logo from our enhancements in the last game, Thursday, August 28…”.  It is Walker & Sons, Inc. understanding that Cox Media Louisiana received this communication from the NFL on Monday, August 18th.

The NFL league office followed up with a memo to all NFL teams on Thursday, August 21st announcing that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell “has determined that no virtual sineage will be permitted to appear on the playing field or its environs in any NFL game telecasts effective immediately and for the remainder of this preseason…”

The memo cited three concerns as the basis for the ruling, including “Certain advertisers and brands are not consistent with League standards and messaging.”

“We’ve been doing this for three years with no complaints. People who know our brand ‘get it’ but all of a sudden, after three years, the NFL doesn’t. We are really shaking our heads over this one! We’re fun loving and enjoy great tasting food. We also love football, especially Saints football! Maybe they just don’t understand our culture. What a shame!” says Jack D. Walker, Vice President of Marketing, Walker & Sons, Inc.

Walker says “Slap Ya Mama” “refers to a loving slap on the back and a kiss on the cheek to your mama as a thank you for preparing another great tasting dish.”

Slap Ya Mama Cajun Products is owned by Jennifer Walker of Ville Platte, Louisiana and managed by her sons, Jack and Joe. Their father, Anthony “T.W.” Walker developed the seasoning. Jack recalls how the name came to be:

“After much discussion with family and friends, one name stuck with us, ‘Slap Ya Mama’. We were skeptical but then our mother, Jennifer, said, ‘No, it has to be Slap Ya Mama. It’s too good of a name and it really represents our food and culture,’” says Walker.

Walker says the NFL’s decision hurts them because the Slap Ya Mama Red Zone promotion is the company’s biggest advertising commitment of the year, and feedback from customers indicates it is very popular. The company’s Facebook page has more than 100,000 fans from all over the world.

“Our fans are fanatics and big advocates of Louisiana food culture. Our Facebook page is active, with people sharing food ideas, recommending products to friends, and using it as a place to celebrate and share the incredible food culture we have here in Louisiana”, Walker says.

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Mardi Gras Meatloaf with Mighty Mushroom Sauce

Mardi Gras Meatloaf with Mighty Mushroom Sauce

Slap Ya Mama introduces the Mardi Gras Meatloaf with Mighty Mushroom Sauce brought to you by 37 Cooks. A perfect way to celebrate the Mardi Gras season complete with Slap Ya Mama’s signature gumbo mix, white pepper seasoning, and etouffee sauce.

The folks at Slap Ya Mama really know how to make seasonings. All of their various seasoning mixes and blends combine to make the ultimate Cajun eating experience! For this recipe, Slap Ya Mama Gumbo mix and a confetti blend of peppers create a meatloaf just bursting with the fun flavors and colors of Mardi Gras. Slap Ya Mama Etouffee Sauce brings a rich, smooth base to a sauce that will have you lickin’ the pot!

Mardi Gras Meatloaf with Mighty Mushroom Sauce

Recipe by Gary of 37 Cooks

Ingredients:

Meatloaf:

  • 1 pound ground beef, preferably 70/30 ratio
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1/2 cup diced red, orange, yellow, and green peppers (any combination)
  • 2 Tablespoons diced celery
  • 2 Tablespoons minced onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 can (8-ounce size) tomato sauce, divided use
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 2 Tablespoons, plus 1 teaspoon Slap Ya Mama Gumbo Mix
  • 1 teaspoon Slap Ya Mama White Pepper Seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup Slap Ya Mama Etouffee Sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 Tablespoon minced onion
  • 2 Tablespoons canned button mushrooms
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon Aleppo pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Coarse salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line shallow jellyroll pan with foil and spray with cooking spray.

For the meatloaf: In a large bowl combine beef, pork, peppers, celery, onion, garlic, egg, half of the tomato sauce, olive oil, bread crumbs, 2 Tablespoons gumbo mix, white pepper seasoning, and black pepper. Mix well, but do not overwork. Form into loaf shape on pan.

In a small bowl, stir together remaining tomato sauce and 1 teaspoon gumbo mix. Spread evenly over meatloaf. Place in oven and cook, uncovered, for 1 hour.

For the sauce: In a medium saucepan, combine etouffee sauce and next seven ingredients over medium high heat. Bring to a boil, then simmer, covered, for 10 minutes. Check seasonings, adding salt and pepper as needed. Swirl in butter.

Slice thick portions of meatloaf to serve; cover with sauce as desired.

Serves/Makes 4-6

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Cajun Asian Fried Rice

Cajun Asian Fried Rice

Slap Ya Mama presents our Cajun Asian Fried Dish brought to you by 37 Cooks featuring our signature blend of jambalaya dinner mix and international cuisine for unparalleled flavors.

We all have “those days” and sometimes “those weeks” where nothing you planned goes according to plan. Sometimes those days are so hectic that even figuring out what to eat is a challenge. Paradoxically, those days are usually the days that you need the food to comfort you, as well as sustain you. One of my go-to meals during those times is fried rice topped with a fried egg. What is more comforting than the luxuriousness of a runny yolk soaking into a big bowl of carbs? I throw in whatever vegetables I have and a bit of meat and something for spice, top it with a fried egg or two, and I can usually find my happy place again. So, I guess it wasn’t all bad this past week because I got to eat this fried rice twice!

I like how the smokiness of the bacon mixes with the aromatic sesame oil. The Jambalaya mix has a great slow heat that creeps up on you and the kimchi adds a bit of heat, too. I definitely recommend topping with a runny egg, but if you don’t like runny yolks then try filling an omelet with this fried rice.

**One thing about fried rice is that it’s best made with cold rice. So cook the rice the day before if possible.

Cajun-Asian Fried Rice

by Woo of 37 Cooks

Ingredients:

  • 1 Package Slap Ya Mama Cajun Jambalaya Dinner Mix
  • 2 cups water
  • 5 ounces Teet’s Slab Bacon, cut into two pieces
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup red onion, finely diced
  • 1/4 cup carrot, finely diced
  • 1/4 cup celery, finely diced
  • 1/4 cup red bell pepper, finely diced
  • 1/4 cup cabbage kimchi (or more to taste), chopped
  • A bit kimchi juice to taste (I used about 2 Tablespoons)
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • Sliced green onion for garnish (optional)
  • 4 eggs
  • Butter or oil for frying eggs

Directions:

Mix the contents of the Slap Ya Mama Cajun Jambalaya Dinner Mix with 2 cups of water in a 2 quart saucepan (yes, this is different from the package instructions.) Bring to boil, lower heat to a bare simmer. Give everything a good stir, and toss in the two pieces of slab bacon. Cover. Leave it alone for 15-20 minutes and all the water is absorbed (you’re not sure how long it took because this is when you lost internet and you were in the middle of filing taxes.) Turn off heat. Fluff the rice. The bacon will get in the way, but leave it in there, replace cover and let it sit on the warm burner because all your plans were derailed and you forgot about it for another 20 minutes while you spoke to your ISP.

Thank goodness that burner was turned off.**Now, like I said earlier, fried rice is best made with cold or day old rice. So, fluff and transfer the rice into another container and refrigerate overnight (or three nights, but who’s counting.) If you want to fry the rice the same day you cooked it, fluff the rice and spread it out onto a sheet tray and let it cool. Meanwhile, take the slab bacon from the rice and trim off the rind (or keep it if you like.) Slice the bacon into lardons or slices, set aside. When the rice is cool enough that it is no longer steaming, cover loosely with plastic wrap and pop into the freezer. It should be cold enough in about an hour. Crumble the rice with your hands so it isn’t one big clump of rice. Damp (not dripping wet) hands work well for this.

**Heat a big skillet, like 10 inches or so. I’ve heard woks are good for fried rice, but I don’t own one. I use a skillet. It’s okay. It’s still fried rice even if it doesn’t come from a wok. Toss in the 2 Tablespoons of butter and melt it over med heat. Add the diced onion, carrot, celery, red bell pepper and kimchi, toss to coat everything in butter. Raise the heat to high. Let it cook for about 5 minutes. Everything is going to pick up some color and caramelize a bit. Add the crumbled rice to the skillet. Add a dab more butter and about 2 Tablespoons of kimchi juice if it seems too dry. The kimchi juice will also add a bit more heat and the jambalaya mix has some heat of its own so taste as you go. Add the bacon. Toss the rice, vegetables, and bacon. Break up any clumps of rice. I like to see the individual grains of rice and a golden brown color on the vegetables. Make sure everything is piping hot. Drizzle the sesame oil in and toss to distribute. Add the sliced green onions if using.In a separate skillet, fry the eggs in butter or oil so the whites are set, but the yolks are still runny.

Serves 4 as a side or 2 as a meal. Or one hungry Woo.

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Mexican Restaurant Chicken Soup

Mexican Restaurant Chicken Soup

by Sandra of 37 Cooks

Introducing Slap Ya Mama’s Mexican Restaurant Chicken Soup brought to you by 37 Cooks. This delectable recipe features our Cajun jambalaya dinner mix and your choice of chicken breasts or rotisserie chicken for a taste so good, you’ll want to be home sick eating it all week.

When I’m coming down with a cold or when I just feel down and out, I want Mexican restaurant chicken soup. Do you know the kind of soup I’m talking about? I call it sick day soup but it’s often called Caldo de Pollo on menus. I usually call my husband and ask him to stop by our local Mexican restaurant to pick some up on his way home from work, but if he’s traveling and I’m not feeling well? The last thing I want to do is leave the house to go get that soup.

Surprisingly, the Slap Ya Mama Jambalaya dinner mix has many of the same ingredients as my beloved soup! You can bet it will always be a staple in my pantry! Sorry, El Porton Mexican Restaurant! I’ll be making my own soup from now on! 

serves 4 for dinner or 8 as a first course

32 ounces chicken stock
4 cups water
2 carrots, cut into 1/4-inch slices
2 ribs of celery, cut into 1/4-inch slices
1 box Slap Ya Mama Cajun Jambalaya Dinner Mix
1-2 chicken breasts, cooked and torn or cut into pieces (may use rotisserie chicken)
1 avocado, peeled, pit removed, sliced
Cilantro, chopped
1 lime, cut into fourths, visible seeds removed
Fresh jalapeno slices, optional

In a large saucepan, bring chicken stock and water to a boil. Turn heat to low, add carrots, celery, and Slap Ya Mama Cajun Jambalaya Dinner Mix. Cover saucepan and let soup simmer for 20 minutes. Do not peek! While the soup cooks, add the chicken, avocado slices, cilantro, and lime slices to your serving bowls. You may add the optional jalapeno slices. Remove saucepan from the heat and stir. Taste for seasoning and add salt and pepper if necessary. Serve immediately.

Note: Do not make this soup ahead of time. It must be served immediately. The rice will expand and soak up all additional broth. If you have leftovers, you have two choices. Discard it or be prepared to add additional broth. 

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Slap Ya Mama Peel Apart Bread

Slap Ya Mama Peel Apart Bread

Presenting Slap Ya Mama’s Peel-Apart Bread by 37 Cooks. You’ll never believe what you were missing until you try this pull-apart bread complete with our special blend of Cajun gumbo dinner mix baked right in!

Thinking outside of the box is my usual mode of cooking – whenever I get a new product, I think about how I can use it in some way besides its intended purpose.

Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t, but I figured I was pretty safe in thinking about the Slap Ya Mama gumbo mix as a spice mix. It’s meant for making gumbo, and it’s got flour for thickening, but it’s also got a lot of flavor. It was perfect for making a pull-apart bread, using the mix in both the dough and between the slices.

This looks impressive but it’s actually pretty easy, as bread goes.

Slap Ya Mama Peel-Apart Bread

by Donna of 37 Cooks

Ingredients

For the dough:
1 cup lukewarm water
2 Tablespoons heavy cream
1 package (2 1/4 teaspoons) Red Star Platinum yeast
1 Tablespoon sugar
3 cups (13 1/2 ounces) bread flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon Slap Ya Mama Cajun Gumbo Dinner Mix
2 Tablespoons unsalted butter

For the coating:
2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, very soft or melted
1 teaspoon Slap Ya Mama Cajun Gumbo Dinner Mix

Directions

Combine all of the dough ingredients in the bowl of your stand mixer and knead until the dough is elastic. You can also mix this in a bowl, then knead by hand.

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and set aside to rise until doubled in size, about an hour.

Meanwhile, have a 9 x 5 loaf pan standing by and heat the oven to 350°F. Combine the butter and seasoning for the coating in a small bowl.

When the dough has doubled, flour your work surface and turn out the dough. Divide it into 16 pieces. Truthfully, you don’t need exactly 16, but it’s easy. Divide the dough into 4 pieces, then divide each of those into 4. They don’t have to be identical, but they should be close to the same size.

Form each piece into a ball then flatten each to form a disk about 4 inches in diameter.

Stand or tilt the pan so it’s standing on one of the short ends. Place one of the disks into the pan lying on the short end. Brush the top of that disk with the butter mixture. Place the next disk on top of the first, and brush with butter again. Continue stacking dough disks with butter between until you reach the last disk. Don’t brush the top of that one.

Once all the disks are in the pan, stand the pan on its bottom and arrange the disks so they’re even in the pan. Brush or drizzle any remaining butter on top of the dough.

Cover the pan with plastic wrap and set aside until it rises about a bit over the top of the pan, about 40 minutes.

When the dough has risen, remove the plastic wrap and bake at 350°F until nicely browned, about 45 minutes.

Remove the loaf from the pan and let it cool completely on a rack. You can pull layers off if it, or slice it to serve.

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Cajun Stuffed Pork Chops

Cajun Stuffed Pork Chops

Ready to eat pork chops Slap Ya Mama style? Introducing Slap Ya Mama’s Cajun Stuffed Pork Chops complete with our hot blend, original blend, and Cajun hot sauce to deliver maximum flavor to your meal!

Ingredients:

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large oven safe skillet (we’re using a cast iron skillet) heat 1 tsp of olive oil over medium heat.  Add tasso, onions, bell peppers, garlic, 1 tsp of Slap Ya Mama Hot Blend Seasoning and 1 tsp of Slap Ya Mama Cajun Pepper Sauce.  Sautee until the onions are browned.  Remove skillet from heat and stir in green onions and parsley, mix well and set aside.

With a knife, cut a pocket along the side of each pork chop.  Try to make the opening as small as possible while creating the pocket as large as possible on the inside of the pork chop.  Using a spoon, stuff each pork chop with the tasso filling until full.  You can either use toothpicks or string to help hold the pocket closed.  Season the outside of the pork chops with the Slap Ya Mama Original Blend Seasoning and the remaining Slap Ya Mama Cajun Pepper Sauce; being sure to rub the seasoning into the pork chops.

Using the same skillet, being sure to leave the remnants from the tasso filling in the skillet, heat 1 tsp of olive oil over medium high heat and brown each pork chop for about 3 minutes on each side or until browned.  Place skillet and pork chops in the oven and bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes or until the internal temperature of the pork chops reach 155 degrees F using a meat thermometer.

Serve and enjoy!

Servings: 4

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The Smoked Meat Capital of the World

Smoked Pure Pork Sausage

Smoked Pure Pork Sausage

Our hometown, Ville Platte, Louisiana, is known for many things and embodies a Cajun culture unlike any other town in Louisiana.  People from all over the world come to Ville Platte to experience our culture, our music and of course our world renowned food.  But there is one thing that we are extremely proud of and well known for and that is our smoked meat.  We are so well known for our smoked meat that we are considered to be the Smoked Meat Capital of the World.

We smoke pretty much anything and everything here in Ville Platte.  From sausage to rabbit, meatballs to neck bones…we smoke it all.  Some might say it’s overkill but once they are able to get a little taste of a dish that uses smoked meat, their mind quickly changes and they can never get enough.  Cooking with smoked meat truly adds a unique flavor unlike any other and it is so flavorful and so ingrained into our Cajun heritage, I don’t think we would ever be able to cook without the use of smoked meats…or at least we wouldn’t want to.

With smoked meat being such a huge part of our heritage in Ville Platte, we celebrate it each year with a festival.  Le Festival de la Viande Boucanee or the Smoked Meat Festival for those who don’t speak Cajun French, is held in June every year and offers visitors a variety of savory smoked meats to try, an incredible lineup of musicians and some of the best times one could have in Cajun country.  Meat markets, restaurants and businesses from around the Ville Platte area set up booths at the Smoked Meat Festival each year for a chance at winning the World Championship Smoked Meat Cookoff.  This is one of the most coveted titles in the Ville Platte area and isn’t easy to come by considering all of the amazing cooks who enter the competition.  The Smoked Meat Festival is something everyone should experience and we hope you have the opportunity to do so one day.

If you ever find yourself in or around Ville Platte, Louisiana, I invite you to experience the smoked meat offerings at any one of the many Meat Markets around town.  If you can’t make it to Ville Platte any time soon and still want to experience a little smoked meat from the Smoked Meat Capital of the World then I would suggest trying Teet’s Food Store.  They have been servicing Ville Platte for almost 60 years now and like every other Meat Market in town, they offer some incredible smoked meats.  They have an online store and can ship some of the best smoked meat to any destination in the USA.  Be sure to use coupon code “onlythebest” at Teet’s Food Store and receive 15% off of your order.

Take care and keep having fun in the kitchen!

-Jack Walker

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Fried Chicken & Waffles Sandwich

Fried Chicken & Waffles Sandwich

 

You love chicken, and you love waffles. Put them together and bring in Slap Ya Mama and you get Fried Chicken & Waffles Sandwich! Check out our amazing recipe for bringing this delectable creation to life complete with our original blend, Cajun hot sauce, and Cajun fish fry.

A new take on the classic chicken & waffles we all love so much.  Give it a try and enjoy! Yummmm!!

Cheddar Waffles

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp Slap Ya Mama Original Blend Seasoning
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted & cooled
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 5 green onions, chopped
  • cooking spray for waffle iron

Directions:

Preheat waffle iron to 400 degrees F or whatever temperature your waffle iron suggest for waffles.  In a large bowl combine flour, brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder and Slap Ya Mama Original Blend Seasoning.  Once combined, create a small crater in the middle of the mixture and set aside.  In another bowl, crack eggs and whisk together.  Pour eggs into the crater of the flour mixture; add in butter and buttermilk.  Mix until combined and has reached a pouring consistency.  Fold in cheddar cheese and green onions.  Apply a light coat of cooking spray on the waffle iron.  Pour about ½ cup waffle batter into each waffle cavity.  Cook until golden brown.  Place the cooked waffle on a wire rack over a cookie sheet and place in the oven at 200 degrees F. to keep warm.  Continue the process until 8 waffles have been made.

Fried Chicken Breast

Ingredients:

Fried Chicken Directions:

Cut each chicken breast in half making 6 pieces.  In a large bowl, combine chicken, buttermilk and Slap Ya Mama Cajun Pepper Sauce.  Toss until chicken is evenly covered with buttermilk.  With chicken submerged in buttermilk, cover bowl with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.  Place Slap Ya Mama Cajun Fish Fry in a shallow bowl.  Dip a piece of chicken in the fish fry, being sure to coat well, dip back in the buttermilk and once more in the fish fry.  Place the double dipped chicken breast on a wire rack placed on a cookie sheet and let rest for about 10 minutes while the batter dries on the chicken.  Repeat the process until all chicken is battered.  In a heavy bottomed pan, heat about 2 inches of peanut oil to 335 degrees F.  Once oil is hot, fry chicken in batches, about 2 or 3 pieces at a time.  Cook for about 5 minutes on the first side or until golden brown and crispy.  Flip over and cook for another 4 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.  (This cook time will vary depending on the thickness of your chicken breast.  Using a meat thermometer, the center of each chicken breast should register 165 degrees F to be considered fully cooked.)  Place cooked chicken on a separate wire rack over a cookie sheet and place in a 200 degrees F oven to keep warm.  Continue the process until all chicken is cooked.

Chicken & Waffles Sandwich

 Ingredients:

  • 12 waffles
  • 6 fried chicken
  • 12 slices of bacon, cooked
  • Sweet & Spicy Mayo (recipe follows)
  • lettuce
  • 1 tomato, sliced
  • 1 avocado, peeled, pitted & sliced

Building the Sandwich:

With a chicken breast placed on top of a waffle, stack on bacon and drizzle the sweet & spicy mayo all over.  Now add lettuce, tomato and avocados.  Place another waffle on top making a beautiful and delicious chicken & waffles sandwich.  Enjoy!

Servings: 6

Sweet & Spicy Mayo

Ingredients:

Directions:

In a medium bowl, combine mayo, syrup, Slap Ya Mama Hot Blend Seasoning and mustard.  Mix well.  Place in a jar or covered dish and keep in refrigerator.

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Slap Ya Mama Pastalaya

Slap Ya Mama Pastalaya

Slap Ya Mama Pastalaya is a unique take on the traditional Cajun Jambalaya.  With smoked sausage, spicy chicken, fresh shrimp and pasta instead of rice, this dish will most definitely become a household favorite.

Ingredients:

  • 12oz chicken breast, cubed
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ large sweet onion, julienned
  • bell pepper, julienned>
  • 4 cloves garlic, diced
  • 1 jalapeno, julienned
  • ½ pound smoked sausage, sliced
  • 14 ½ oz can diced tomatoes
  • 8oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp dried basil
  • ½ tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tbsp Slap Ya Mama Original Blend Seasoning
  • 12oz large fresh shrimp (26-35 ct), peeled & deveined
  • ¼ cup parsley, chopped
  • 8oz penne pasta, cooked to package directions

Directions:

Season cubed chicken breast pieces with 1 ½ tsp of Slap Ya Mama Original Blend Seasoning.  In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add olive oil and chicken.  Cook chicken until all sides are browned.  Add onions to skillet, cook until they start to soften then add bell peppers, garlic, jalapeno and sausage.   Sautee for 5 minutes then add diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, chicken broth, oregano, basil, thyme and the remainder of Slap Ya Mama Original Blend Seasoning (1 ½ tsp).  Bring to a light boil, reduce heat to medium-low and let simmer for 20 minutes.  With 4 minutes left to cook, stir in shrimp and parsley.  Serve over a bed of penne pasta and enjoy.

Makes 6 Servings

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