A delicious recipe from our friends at Gov’t Taco in Baton Rouge, LA.
“We wanted a solid Louisiana seafood taco on our menu (and love California-style fish tacos), we came up with a fried catfish taco with maque choux. We call it: The Catfish are Coming!” – Jay Ducote of Gov’t Taco.
Garnish: lime wedges, fresh cilantro, green onion, purple cabbage
In the work bowl of a food processor, combine mayonnaise, okra, lemon juice, mustard, Worcestershire, garlic, and cayenne; pulse until smooth. Cover and refrigerate.
In a large Dutch oven, pour oil to a depth of 4 inches, and heat over medium heat until a deep-fry thermometer registers 350°.
In a shallow dish, combine molasses mustard, milk, and hot sauce. In another shallow dish, place fish fry. Dip fish in mustard mixture, letting excess drip off. Dredge in fish fry, shaking off excess.
Working in batches, gently place catfish in hot oil. Fry until golden brown and cooked through, about 3 minutes. Let drain on paper towels. Season with Cajun seasoning, if desired.
In a large skillet, heat tortillas over medium heat until browned. Add a spoonful of Corn Maque Choux to each tortilla. Add catfish strips. Top with mayonnaise mixture. Garnish with lime wedges, cilantro, green onion, and purple cabbage, if desired.
Corn Maque Choux
Yields: 3 servings
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
½ pound tasso, diced
1 medium yellow onion, diced
1 large red bell pepper, seeded and diced
1 jalapeño pepper, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups fresh corn kernels
1 bay leaf
1 cup dry white wine (such as Jay D’s Blanc du Bois)
1 tablespoon Jay D’s Spicy and Sweet Barbecue Rub
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 cup heavy whipping cream
¼ cup unsalted butter
¼ cup chopped green onion
In a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat, add olive oil. Add tasso, and cook, stirring often, until browned, about 10 minutes. Remove tasso with a slotted spoon into a heat-proof bowl.
In the same Dutch oven with remaining grease, add onion, red bell pepper, jalapeño, and garlic, and cook until the onion is translucent, stirring often, about 5 minutes. Add corn and bay leaf, and stir again. Stir in wine, and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, scraping browned bits from bottom of pan with a wooden spoon.
Bring mixture to a boil; reduce heat and simmer. Add barbecue rub, salt, and black pepper. Let mixture simmer until wine is reduced by half. Add cream, and continue cooking until slightly thickened; then add the butter and stir to combine. Mix in green onion before serving.
Peel shrimp and devein, leaving tails on and reserving the heads and shells. Refrigerate shrimp.
In a small Dutch oven, add shrimp heads and shells, and cover with 7 cups cold water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium, and cook, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes. Skim any froth as it rises to the surface. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl, and set aside. Reserve 1 cup shrimp stock. Remaining stock can be refrigerated up to 1 week or frozen up to 3 months.
In a large skillet, melt 5 tablespoons butter over high heat. Add rosemary, pepper, Slap Ya Mama Cajun Seasoning, shallot, and garlic. Cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add reserved stock, Worcestershire, Slap Ya Mama Cajun Hot Sauce, and lemon juice. Add shrimp, and cook just until pink and firm.
Add beer, and cook 2 to 3 minutes more. Decrease heat to low, and add remaining 7 tablespoons butter. Gently stir as the butter melts into the sauce and the sauce is emulsified. Serve immediately with French bread.
Cut potatoes in thin slices, about 1/4” thick. Add fries into a large bowl of water and let soak for at least 30 minutes. If you plan to soak them for longer than 30 minutes, place bowl in the refrigerator. You may soak as long as overnight.
After fries have soaked, drain and rinse then spread over a paper towel lined cooling rack. Use more paper towels to pat fries completely dry.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Line a baking sheet with either parchment paper or foil and spray with a non-stick spray.
In a large bowl, combine fries, 1 tsp Slap Ya Mama Original Blend Cajun Seasoning, garlic and olive oil. Mix well, making sure every fry is cover with olive oil and seasoning.
Spread the seasoned fries evenly across the baking sheet, making sure that no fries overlap each other. Bake at 400 degrees F for 15 minutes, turn fries and continue baking at 425 degrees F for another 30 minutes, turning fries once more during those 30 minutes.
While fries are baking, in a small bowl, combine the remaining Slap Ya Mama Original Blend Cajun Seasoning and Parmesan cheese
Sprinkle baked fries with the Parmesan seasoning mixture and top with chopped parsley. Serve immediately and enjoy!
Rub baked potatoes lightly with olive oil and season with salt if desired. Wrap each potato with aluminum foil and bake in a pre-heated oven at 400 degrees F. until the potato is tender to the touch and you can stick a toothpick through it with no problem. This should take about 1 hour and 20 minutes. Remove potatoes from oven and let sit for 30 minutes before removing the foil.
Peel shrimp, leaving tail on, and place in a small bowl, set shells aside for stock. Season shrimp to taste with Slap Ya Mama Original Blend Cajun Seasoning and let rest for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, add 4 cups of water and shrimp shells into a medium-sized pot over medium heat and allow the stock to simmer until you have reduced the liquid by half. Set aside. Note: For more flavor in your stock, you can add a chicken bouillon cube or 2 teaspoons of Slap Ya Mama Original Blend Cajun Seasoning.
In a medium-sized skillet over medium-high heat, add cooking oil. Heat oil until hot, add shrimp and sauté until pink all the way through. About 2 to 3 minutes on each side, making sure you are turning the shrimp so it cooks evenly on all sides. When done set aside in a bowl and let cool for easy handling.
Slice the potato along the middle; be sure not to cut in half. Using a spoon create a pocked in the potato. Add about 4 to 5 crawfish to each potato and divide the shrimp amongst potatoes, leaving the tail of the shrimp hanging out. Place potatoes on a baking sheet and set aside.
Sherry Cream Sauce
2 tbsp unsalted butter
2 large garlic cloves, minced
2 medium shallots, diced
¼ cup brandy, flambéed (ignite) is optional
2 cups sherry wine
1 cup shrimp stock
¼ cup crawfish juice, drained from crawfish packaging
1 cup heavy whipping cream
½ cup crawfish tail meat
½ cup green onions, sliced for garnish
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
In a saucepan over medium-high heat, add 1 tablespoon of butter, garlic and shallots. Sautee lightly for about 2 minutes; add brandy and flambé (ignite), stirring constantly. Add the wine, shrimp stock and crawfish juice and reduce by half. Add heavy whipping cream and continue cooking. When the sauce is at a smooth consistency, stir in remaining butter and mix well. Add remaining Crawfish tail meat and cook for another 2 minutes. (The sauce should have the consistency of Alfredo Sauce.)
Hint: If sauce is too thick, thin it out with a little chicken broth. If sauce is too runny, thicken it by adding more heavy whipping cream until the desired consistency is reached.
Spoon some of the sauce over each potato then top with the cheese.
Bake the potatoes in the oven at 400 degrees for about 6 to 8 minutes or until the cheese is golden brown.
Divide the sauce amongst 4 plates, spooning it directly onto the middle of the plate. Add the baked potato to the center of the plate then spoon a generous amount of sauce over each potato and garnish with the green onions. Enjoy!
Using a paper towel, pat fish fillets dry, then cut fillets into 2 to 3-inch pieces and set aside. In a bowl, combine beer and egg, making sure to mix well. In another bowl, add Slap Ya Mama Cajun Fish Fry and set aside.
Add enough oil to the frying pan so that it’s about ½ inch deep. Heat oil over medium heat until a pinch of fish fry sizzles across the top.
Dip each piece of fish into the egg wash, then in the fish fry batter, back into the egg wash and once more in the fish fry batter. Carefully transfer each piece into the oil and cook for approximately 8 minutes or until golden brown, making sure to turn fish a few times during frying. Transfer cooked pieces to a paper towel-lined plate to help drain excess oil.
In a small skillet, warm tortillas over medium heat. Build tacos by adding a few pieces of fish, feta cheese, jalapeño sauce and top with cilantro. Serve and enjoy!
Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add in corn, onions, celery, bell pepper and garlic; cook for 5 to 8 minutes or until onions are translucent. Add in flour and whisk until a white roux is achieved. DO NOT BROWN.
Add stock and broth one ladleful at a time, stirring constantly until all stock and broth is incorporated. Bring to a low boil. Reduce to medium-low heat and cook for 30 minutes.
Stir in heavy cream, green onions, parsley, Slap Ya Mama White Pepper Blend Cajun Seasoning and cook for an additional 3 minutes. Reduce to low heat and gently add in lump crabmeat; try not to break up any lumps. Simmer for 3 to 5 minutes or until crab is warmed through. Serve and enjoy!
Created along the bayous of Southern Louisiana in the late 1920’s, Étouffée quickly became a Louisiana favorite. With its rich flavors rooted deep in Cajun culture, étouffée is a dish that everyone will love. Enjoy!
For the shrimp stock. Using a medium-sized pot on medium heat add the shells of the peeled shrimp and set shrimp aside for later. Add about 2 ½ quarts water, thyme, chili powder, basil and any leftover scraps from the prepping of your veggies. Cook uncovered until reduced by half. Remove from heat and set shrimp stock aside.
In a large, heavy skillet or pot over medium-low heat, melt butter. Add flour and constantly stir for 2 to 3 minutes, making a light roux. Add celery, onions, red and green bell peppers and garlic. Sauté on medium-low heat for 3 minutes. Add tomato puree or paste and cook for an additional 5 minutes.
Add ½ cup of shrimp stock to roux mixture, mix well to form a paste. Add lemon juice, Slap Ya Mama Original Blend Cajun Seasoning and remaining shrimp stock; make sure to leave the shrimp peelings out. Stir well and cook étouffée sauce uncovered over medium heat for about 15 minutes.
In a medium-sized skillet heat cooking oil over medium-high heat until hot. Add shrimp and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes or until shrimp begin to turn slightly pink. Deglaze skillet with a little water and scrap shrimp and juices into étouffée sauce. Cover and let simmer for 15 minutes.
Stir in parsley, cover and remove from heat.
Serve with rice and top with green onions and Slap Ya Mama Cajun Pepper Sauce to taste.
NOTE: If étouffée sauce is too thick, thin it out with a little chicken broth or water. If it’s too thin, allow it to continue cooking until desired thickness is reach. It should have the consistency of a meat sauce.
We are excited to have award-winning Chef Ace Champion as our very first Slap Ya Mama Featured Chef and we are looking forward to all of the wonderful recipes Chef Champion will create using our Slap Ya Mama products. Such as the Creole Green Beans recipe at the end of this post.
Chef Champion is originally from the great state of Louisiana and he knows a thing or two about Cajun and Creole cooking. He has over 18 years of culinary experience ranging from Certified Meat Cutter, Executive Chef, Event Coordinator, Personal Chef, as well as Cooking Class Instructor.
His passion for food is unparalleled and he intends to share his passion with the world. “I hold nothing back. I share all my secrets and recipes from travels across the U.S., during my southern stints in Cajun country, and from rubbing elbows with the best chefs in the industry. My entrees are the result of learning tricks of the trade and techniques at every stop where food is the draw. When you become a better cook, you become a better person.”
Now residing in Green Bay, WI, Chef Champion stays busy with his cooking show, “The Chef Champion Cooking Show” on CBS-WFRV-TV. He also makes regular appearances on “Living With Amy” and “Good Day Wisconsin” with Emily Dean. And if you happen to find yourself in Green Bay, WI and want to score some cooking tips from Chef Champion, you can take his cooking class at Cooks Corner.
For more information on Chef Ace Champion, please visit his website: ChefChampion.com.
4 slices sourdough bread, slices no thicker than a ½ inch
4 Tbsp butter, softened or spreadable
In a large skillet over medium heat, melt 1 Tbsp of butter. Add onions and 1 tsp of Slap Ya Mama Low Sodium Blend Seasoning. Stirring consistently, sauté onions until they are golden brown and soft. Remove from pan and set aside on a plate.
Using the same skillet, fry the bacon until crispy. Remove from pan and set aside on a paper towel covered plate to let drain.
In a bowl, combine mayonnaise, Slap Ya Mama Cajun Pepper Sauce and ½ tsp of Slap Ya Mama Low Sodium Blend Seasoning. Mix well and set aside.
Sandwich Assembly: Spread mayo mixture on the inside of each slice of bread. Working from the bottom slice up, add 4 pieces of bacon, 2 slices of cheese, onions, 4 pieces of bacon, 2 more slices of cheese and top with a slice of bread. Using softened butter, spread 1 Tbsp of butter on the outside of the top slice of bread.
In a skillet over medium-low heat, place sandwich butter side down. Butter the top side of the sandwich with another 1 Tbsp and continue grilling sandwich on both sides until the bread is golden brown and the inside of the sandwich is ooey gooey with melted cheese.
Using a sharp serrated knife, cut sandwich in half and enjoy.
NOTE: This recipe will make 2 large grilled cheese sandwiches due to the fact that we used larger than normal slices of bread. If using regular sized slices of bread, this recipe may make 4 sandwiches total.
Make 12 small cuts in roast just deep enough to insert half a clove of garlic (being careful not to pierce through the bottom). Insert half of garlic into cuts. Sprinkle both sides of roast with 2 tablespoons Slap Ya Mama Original Blend Cajun Seasoning.
In a large Dutch oven, heat 2 Tbsp of olive oil over medium-high heat until almost smoking. Carefully add roast; cook until browned, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Remove roast, and set aside. ( Some garlic will fall out; insert back into roast.)
Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil to pot. Add onion, bell pepper, carrots, and remaining garlic; cook until onion becomes slightly translucent and browned, about 8 minutes. Remove carrots, and set aside. Add 1/2 cup water; cook, scraping browned bits from the bottom of Dutch oven with a wooden spoon. Add roast, carrots, potatoes, thyme, remaining 1 tablespoon Slap Ya Mama Original Blend Cajun Seasoning, and enough water to reach halfway up sides of roast. Bring to a boil; cover and place in oven.
Reduce oven temperature to 325°. Bake for 2 hours for a 3- pound roast or 3 hours for a 4-pound roast. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.