It might sound like an oxymoron to say “Healthy Cajun Food.” Here in the south, we get picked on just a little bit about how we eat. Sure, we love hearty meals and huge portions. Here at Slap Ya Mama, we know that sometimes cajun and creole food can also be nourishing even as delicious and rich as it is. Surprisingly, there are many healthy ingredients and spices that are staples for almost all Cajun and Creole dishes!
Onions have been proven to fight diseases such as heart disease and cancer with their anti-inflammatory properties. Not only do they fight disease, they also have anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties that prevent colds and infections.
Tomatoes are great antioxidants and are filled with Vitamins A and C that also neutralize free radicals in the bloodstream. The Vitamin A in tomatoes will improve your vision and keep your hair strong and shiny! They also can help keep your hair and skin healthy as well as your teeth, skin, and bones!
All peppers are rich in vitamins A, C, and K, but these properties are most prevalent in red peppers! These vitamins prevent cell damage and disease that are related to aging. They also support your immune system to ward away certain illnesses and sicknesses.
Garlic powder has Vitamin B-6 while paprika contains a large amount of Vitamin A. Onion powder also provides a small amount of Vitamin C. Most spices, especially white pepper and paprika provide magnesium and iron as well.
So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and reload your plate. Make sure you top your dinner with Slap Ya Mama Cajun Seasoning because it contains lots of Vitamins to make your body healthy and strong!
Paw Paw Dub’s Hot Dip
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Named after its biggest fan, Paw Paw Dub, you’ll fall in love with this cheesy, spicy dip that will have everyone asking for the recipe! This dip is quick and easy when you need to bring something delicious to a potluck, game day party or any other casual get-together.
Makes 8 servings
- 1 Cup Mayonnaise
- 5 tablespoons margarine, softened
- 2 cups shredded Cheddar Jack cheese
- 1/2 onion, chopped
- 1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
- 1/3 cup fresh jalapeno
- Slap Ya Mama Hot Cajun Seasoning, to taste
- Assorted crackers or corn chips to serve
- In a small bowl, stir together mayonnaise and margarine until smooth. Add cheese onion, bell pepper, jalapeno, and Slap Ya Mama Hot Cajun Seasoning. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Serve with crackers or corn chips.
The New Orleans Saints are on fire this year! Here in Louisiana, we know how to prepare for a game day! While some people flock to the superdome or their local sports bar, others are preparing for a fun game day party at their home. If you have volunteered to throw a party at your house, there are probably a million things running through your mind. Hosting a game day party doesn’t have to be stressful. If you plan ahead it will be nothing but fun for you and your guests!
You should plan your party about five days ahead of time. This will ensure that you enough time to invite everyone, make groceries, prepare the food and clean. Next, you should figure out what you want to cook and how much food you will need. Make sure that you have a detailed list ready before you leave for the grocery store! Here at Slap Ya Mama, we have your game day menu covered. Here are some options for your game day menu, courtesy of the team here at Slap Ya Mama!
Slap’s Game Day Nachos
It’s not a game day without our special nachos! For this recipe, all you need is shredded chicken, ground beef, and your favorite toppings. Click here for the full recipe.
Slap Ya Mama’s Game Time Dip
If you’re looking for the perfect game time dip to support your team and feed your stomach. Try Slap Ya Mama’s Game Time Dip featuring a perfect combination of spicy, cheesy, and stuffed full of sausage. This combination makes for the perfect dip to devour while cheering on your favorite team this playoff season. Check out our recipe here!
Slap Ya Mama Sliders
Let’s face it: everyone loves sliders. They are super simple and easy to prepare. Keep in mind that you can easily substitute beans for the beef for your vegetarian friends! Here’s the recipe.
Slap Ya Mama’s Hearty Beef & Bean Chili
If you want something that can be paired with bread, tortilla chips, poured over hotdogs or hamburgers and more, then try out chili! Using our grandmother’s recipe with a few changes, this chili will be a hit with your guests! Check out the recipe here!
Here at Slap Ya Mama, we are so excited to see where The Saints will go! No matter what team you are rooting for, we hope that your game day is a hit. We are absolutely sure our game day menu will be a hit with your guests!
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Nothing is more satisfying than Mama’s Crawfish Étouffée. Crawfish tails cooked in vegetables and spices, served over hot rice-what could be better to serve the ones you love?
Makes 6 Servings
- 1 cup unsalted butter, divided
- 1 large yellow onion, diced
- 1 large green bell pepper, seeded and diced
- 3 stalks celery, diced
- 1 tomato, diced
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 (16-ounce) package cooked crawfish tails
- 1/2 cup seafood stock
- 1 1/2 teaspoons Slap Ya Mama Original Blend Cajun Seasoning
- 2 teaspoons Slap Ya Mama Cajun Hot Sauce
- Hot cooked rice, to serve
- Garnish: chopped fresh parsley, chopped green onion
- In a large Dutch oven, heat 1/4 cup butter over medium heat. Add onion, bell pepper, celery, and tomato; cook until tender. Add garlic; cook for 2 minutes. Add crawfish, and stir to combine. Add stock; bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat, simmer until liquid is reduced by half, 15 to 20 minutes. Add Slap Ya Mama Original Blend Cajun Seasoning and Slap Ya Mama Hot Sauce. Taste, and adjust seasonings if necessary.
- Cut remaining 3/4 cup butter into cubes. Remove pan from heat; fold in cubed butter, stirring until a creamy sauce forms. Serve over hot cooked rice. Garnish with parsley and green onion, if desired.
By now, you’ve probably already made your New Year’s Resolutions. This past year alone, high blood pressure was one of the most common problems with health. Many doctors agree that this is a result from extremely high sodium diets. This is because sodium has a way of sneaking into foods that we all enjoy. Here in Louisiana, we love flavor. Luckily, Slap Ya Mama offers the same lip-smacking flavor in low sodium options. Here at Slap Ya Mama, we want you to be the healthiest you have ever been in 2019. Here are some ways to make sure that sodium isn’t sneaking into your food.
Make sure your diet has a ton of colorful fruits and vegetables. While many people think that omelets are a healthy option for breakfast, but watch your meats! Replacing the meat in your omelets can be substituted for vegetables.
Ditch the Desserts
Although many people think that the main ingredient to watch out for in desserts is sugar but sodium can sneak in too. Foods like quick breads such as banana bread can have tons of sodium.
Veggies vs. Sauces
A sandwich can be dressed with colorful, crunchy lettuce, and sweet tomato instead of mustard,cheese and salty pickles.
Hold The Salt
When dining out, ask for your meal to be prepared with less salt. While at home, don’t add salt at all or try a low sodium seasonings instead.
Foods that look the same may contain different amounts of sodium. Frozen vegetables might come pre-salted or with sauce. Because of this, try buying your produce fresh!
Because of our low sodium seasonings, you can enjoy all of your cold weather favorites with the same flavor and less guilt. Our low-sodium seasoning goes well in jambalaya, gumbo and much more.
Maw Maw’s Pecan Pie
This family favorite and Maw Maw’s most famous recipe is served up at every Walker holiday dinner and family gathering. After you give it a try, it just might become one of your family’s most requested recipes, too.
Makes 1 (9-inch) Pie.
- 1/2 (14.1- ounce) package refrigerated pie crust
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 3 large eggs, well beaten
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- 1/2 cup dark corn syrup
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- On a lightly floured surface, unroll dough. Transfer to a 9-inch pie plate, pressing into bottom and up the sides. Fold edges under, and crimp as desired. Prick bottom of dough a few times with a fork.
- Bake for 10 minutes.
- In a large bowl, stir together sugar, melted butter, and eggs. Add pecans and corn syrup, stirring well. Pour into prepared crust.
- Bake until edges are set and center is slightly jiggly 45 to 55 minutes.
Cooking Tip from Mama Jen
When prebaking a pie crust, always prick the bottom of the crust several times with a fork before baking so that it does not bubble up.
Candied Yams & Pecans
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It’s not a family gathering until someone brings the candied yams. There won’t be any leftovers from this dish.
Makes 8 to 10 Servings
- 3 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 1/2 -inch chunks.
- 4 cups apple cider.
- 2 cups water.
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar.
- 1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar.
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted.
- 1 teaspoon Slap Ya Mama Original Blend Cajun Seasoning.
- 1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice.
- 1/2 teaspoon orange zest.
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt.
- 2 large eggs.
- 4 cups miniature marshmallows.
- Preheat oven to 350°. Spray a 13×9-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
- In a medium Dutch oven, bring sweet potatoes, apple cider, and 2 cups water to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat, and simmer until tender,15 to 17 minutes. drain, reserving 1/3 cup cooking liquid.
- In a large bowl, place sweet potatoes reserved 1/3 cup cooking liquid, sugars, melted butter, Slap Ya Mama Original Blend Cajun Seasoning, apple pie spice, Zest, and salt. Using a potato masher, mash to desired consistency. Stir in eggs. Spoon into prepared pan spreading evenly. Cover with foil.
- Bake for 30 minutes at 350°. Uncover and bake 10 minutes more. Sprinkle with marshmallows and Candied Pecans. Bake until marshmallows are lightly browned, about 7 minutes more.
Candied Pecans Ingredients:
- 6 tablespoons firmly packed light brown sugar.
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter.
- 1/4 teaspoon Slap Ya Mama Hot Blend Cajun Seasoning.
- 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt.
- 1 1/2 cups pecan halves, toasted.
- Line a small baking sheet with foil; spray with cooking spray.
- In a medium skillet, combine brown sugar, butter, Slap Ya Mama Hot Cajun Seasoning, and Salt. Cook over medium heat, stirring until coated. Spoon mixture onto prepared pan. Let stand until completely cool. Break into pieces.
Do you have a foodie in your life, try giving them a cajun seasoning Christmas! By now, you’ve probably heard all about what a foodie is. Food is a label that signifies high-culture food lovers. What we are eating now is celebrated more than ever before. However, over the past several decades, foodie has transitioned from being highbrow to mainstream.
As foodie culture has grown, the number of food-related events and opportunities has surged bringing more and more farmers markets, pop-ups, and food halls. Food trucks themselves have even grown significantly. Food truck revenue doubled to $1.2 billion since 2012!
The growth of foodie culture is even changing the dining experience. Believe it or not, this all started in the 70s and 80s! Believe it or not, boomers set the stage for today’s food revolution, millennials pioneered the social media and now Generation X is contributing. This generation has brought foodie culture into the masses and have brought an ethnic twist.
Foodie culture has especially changed the Holidays and what people give as gifts. Foodies direct a lot of their attention to preparing and eating some of the best food out there! Because of this, it might be hard to find the right gift for them. Tis the season for seasoning!
Here at Slap Ya Mama, we have stayed trendy and at the forefront of just about every trend to come along. We have a fantastic instagram decked out with pictures of our favorite dishes, a fully functioning and reactive website, and even a youtube channel.
This Holiday season, you should give the gift of Slap Ya Mama Cajun Seasoning. Right now, we have Holiday bundles just for you! Browse our selection here. On behalf of all of us at Slap Ya Mama, we wish you a Merry Christmas!
Mama Jen’s Cajun Cornbread
Makes 10-12 servings
Of all her recipes, Mama Jen’s Cajun Cornbread is probably her most recognized. Anytime there is a family event, she makes her famous cornbread, and it isn’t long before the whole tray is gone. You have to move quickly when she places her cornbread on the serving table, or you’ll come up empty-handed.
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 1 cup diced smoked tasso or ham
- 1 cup diced smoked sausage
- 1 cup yellow cornmeal
- 1 tablespoon Slap Ya Mama Original Blend Cajun Seasoning
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 (14.75-ounce) can cream-style corn
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 2 large eggs, beaten
- 2 1/2 cups shredded mild Cheddar cheese
- 1 small onion, finely chopped (about 1 cup)
- 1 medium green bell pepper, seeded and diced (about 1 cup)
- 3 medium jalapeños, seeded and minced (about 1/2 cup)
- Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a 13×9-inch baking pan with butter.
- In a medium skillet, cook tasso and sausage over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until browned, 5 to 7 minutes. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, stir together cornmeal, Slap Ya Mama Original Blend Cajun Seasoning, and baking soda using a fork. Add corn, milk, oil, and eggs, stirring until well combined. Spoon mixture and meat into prepared pan.
- Bake until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean and top is golden brown, about 55 minutes. Let cool for 30 minutes before serving.
Happy Thanksgiving From Slap Ya Mama! It’s time to learn about all of the different types of gravy! After all, what is Thanksgiving without Gravy? Gravy may seem simple enough to make only involving drippings of the meat you are cooking, adding some water and starch and cooking it down. However, did you know that gravy is totally a regional thing and can change from state to state? We believe that all gravy is beautiful and today in honor of Thanksgiving: here are the 12 most common types of gravy.
If you like the texture of grits, this is the gravy for you! This gravy stems from Native Americans and the versatile use of corn. All you need is bacon drippings, milk, and cornmeal to make it! Many farmers over time have eaten this as a meal to help nourish their bodies during long work days.
In the hills of Appalachia, you can find a gravy that will cure your sweet tooth! Combining cocoa, sugar, flour, salt, butter and milk in a skillet makes a concoction so sweet and creamy, you’ll want to put it on everything. It has been said that between Spanish Louisiana and the Tennessee Valley, a mexican breakfast chocolate came to the mountains and now everyone enjoys this chocolate sauce.
The name of this gravy comes from lumber camps when workers were using whatever they could to make food. The original sawmill gravy was made by scraping meat and fat from the bottom of a skillet into a mixture of flour and milk. Today, crumbling breakfast sausage into the mix will work just fine.
Redeye Ham Gravy
It has been said that Andrew Jackson asked his hungover cook to bring him some country ham with gravy as red as his eyes. Even if this isn’t true, the ham fat based gravy is definitely an eye opener because of the coffee grounds used to make it. Get the recipe here.
Red Gravy is a hot topic for debate. In New Orleans, Creole red gravy is roux-based and fortifed with trinity but in the mountains, it can be made with remnants of fried meat and fresh tomatoes. In some places, marinara sauce is referred to as red gravy!
Fat, flour, cream and a healthy dose of black pepper makes this famous gravy and is beloved by many places in the south. In many places, sausage crumbles added to it make the perfect gravy and biscuits recipe!
Of course, when you eat baked chicken, it wouldn’t be the same without chicken gravy! All you have to do is whisk milk, flour, seasonings, and the leftover bits of chicken to make a perfect drizzle for your next chicken dinner.
Brown hamburger meat and onions and thicken the leftover fat with flour and milk. Some people actually add steak sauce or bouillon! This gravy goes perfect with mashed potatoes, biscuits or potatoes.
Of course, anything with chili in the name has to be from Texas! This gravy is just like the rest but with chili powder, cumin, paprika, garlic powder and oregano and thinned out with chicken broth. The most popular way to eat this gravy is over cheese enchiladas!
What is your favorite type of gravy? Let us know in the comments! On behalf of all of us here at Slap Ya Mama, we hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Cajun Fried Turkey
Makes 10 to 14 servings
If you’ve never tried frying a turkey, what are you waiting for? Get ready for perfectly crispy skin and classic Cajun flavors.
- In a medium saucepan, heat Slap Ya Mama Cajun Pepper Sauce, butter, lemon juice, and Slap Ya Mama Hot Blend Cajun Seasoning over low heat until butter is melted. Using a large syringe, inject marinade into all meaty areas of turkey (breasts, thighs, legs, and wings). If possible, let turkey marinade for 2 to 4 hours in refrigerator. Remove turkey at least 30 min before frying.
- Prepare turkey fryer according to manufacturer’s instructions. Fill fryer stockpot with peanut oil to within 10 to 12 inches of top. Heat over medium-high heat until a deep-fry thermometer registers 300°. Lower turkey very slowly and carefully into pot, and cover. Maintain a temperature of 280° to 310°. Fry for 3 1/2 minutes per pound of turkey; the internal temperature should be 165°. (For a 12-pound turkey, fry for approximately 42 minutes.) Remove turkey from pot, and let drain. Wrap in foil, and let stand for at least 15 minutes before carving.
As we know, a Cajun Thanksgiving is so different than a regular Thanksgiving. It’s all about the food and the people. Typically, a Thanksgiving table in Louisiana is overflowing with food. Even though today is Halloween, we all know that it is time to start planning the spread of food now!
Slap Ya Mama wants you to have the best time cooking this year, so here is a Louisiana favorite: Seafood stuffed mirlitons!
Seafood Stuffed Mirlitons
- 6 mirlitons
- olive oil
- 1 cup finely chopped onion
- 1/4 cup finely chopped celery
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
- Slap Ya Mama seasoning
- 1 pound medium-size shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 1 pound lump crabmeat, picked over for shells and cartilage
- 1/4 cup green bell pepper
- 2 tablespoons chopped green onions
- 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 cup shrimp stock
- 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
- Preheat the oven to 350º F.
- Choose a firm mirliton. In a pot, bring about 2 inches of salted water to a boil. Add the mirliton, cover, and reduce heat and simmer until they are tender, about 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from pot and allow to cool. Then cut the mirliton in half and remove the seeds. Scoop out the flesh keeping the shell intact. Chop the flesh and set aside.
- Heat a tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the chopped vegetables, the chopped flesh, the bay leaf, shrimp stock and thyme. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the any liquid in the skillet evaporates, 15 to 20 minutes. Season with salt and peppers. When the vegetables are very tender, increase the heat to medium-high, add the shrimp, and cook until the shrimp are pink and firm. Remove from the heat and remove the bay leaf. Add the crabmeat and stir gently to mix. Adjust seasoning.
- Spoon the mixture into the mirliton shells, dust the top with the breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese, and bake until the breadcrumbs are lightly browned, about 30 minutes.
- You can use eggplant, zucchini or squash as well! Adjust the boiling time for the vegetables according to the size of the vegetable. Zucchini may take only about 5 minutes. Be sure to salt the eggplant after it has been scooped out of the shell, and let drain for an hour before cooking. The salt will draw out any bitterness in the eggplant. After an hour, rinse, pat dry and continue.