Carnival Season Recipes

Carnival Season Recipes

Mardi Gras- or Carnival- is celebrated in many cities worldwide with strong Catholic ties. Mardi Gras season begins on January 6th, called Epiphany or Twelfth Night, the day the three kings reached baby Jesus in Bethlehem.

Today, communities along the gulf coast from Texas to Florida celebrate Mardi Gras season. Each area prides itself on its own unique customs, from parades, costumes, and formal balls to special food and libations.For us a big part of Mardi Gras, is the special food that is deep knit into the Louisiana culture. Follow along for Mama’s Favorite Mardi Gras Recipes.

Mama’s Chicken & Sausage Gumbo

 Looking to experience some of Louisiana’s finest dishes? Try Slap Ya Mama’s Chicken & Sausage Gumbo recipe. Delivering unparalleled Louisiana Cajun flavor from our home in Ville Platte, LA. After trying our recipe, you’ll love it so much you’ll want to come on down to visit us at our home.

Recipe Link: slapyamama.com/mamas-chicken-sausage-gumbo

Mama’s Muffulettas

Mama’s Muffuletta is not your average deli meat sandwich-layers of meat, cheese, and olives are served up on fresh bread to create this instant favorite.

Recipe Link: slapyamama.com/mamas-muffulettas/

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Mama’s Favorite Holiday Recipes

Mama’s Favorite Holiday Recipes

Our favorite part of the holiday season is the food! Unfortunately, for many, holiday cooking can cause a lot of stress. That stress stems from deciding what to cook. Don’t worry Mama is here to help! From deviled eggs, to cocktails, Mama’s Holiday Recipes will impress everyones taste buds.

 

Mama’s Chicken & Sausage Gumbo

 Looking to experience some of Louisiana’s finest dishes? Try Slap Ya Mama’s Chicken & Sausage Gumbo recipe. Delivering unparalleled Louisiana Cajun flavor from our home in Ville Platte, LA. After trying our recipe, you’ll love it so much you’ll want to come on down to visit us at our home.

Recipe Link: slapyamama.com/mamas-chicken-sausage-gumbo

Spicy Pomegranate Margarita

Mama is heating things up with her Spicy Pomegranate Margarita. Simple and delicious, these margaritas are made with fresh lime juice and pomegranate juice. Make a single cocktail or whip up a pitcher for a crowd.

Recipe Link: slapyamama.com/holiday-pomegranate-margarita/

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Variations on Gumbo And Other Unique Recipe Ideas

A good gumbo is widely disputed, and there are so many different ways that it is served that some people might be confused about what is real and what is an imitator. You’re probably familiar with seafood gumbo as well as the classic chicken and andouille sausage gumbo, but there are many other ways to eat this popular dish than you may know. As restaurants around the globe try to imitate what is often sought out in Louisiana, let’s take a look at the different forms and variations of gumbo.
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Poor Boys, Po-boys, and Po’boys

Poor Boys, Po-boys, and Po’boys

 What is a Poor Boy? 

A poor boy is a traditional sandwich with deep roots in New Orleans, Louisiana. The sandwich is made out of french bread with a thin, crisp crust and a light and fluffy inside, stuffed with meat like roast beef or seafood like fried shrimp.  

Do not forget to get your poboy fully dressed! What could a fully dressed sandwich mean? Simple, fully dressed poor boy, includes lettuce, mayo, pickles, and tomatoes. 

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Mama’s Game Day Recipes

Mama’s Game Day Recipes

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!
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Time-Saving Recipes

Time-Saving Recipes

For some people, summer is still going strong but for those of you that are parents, it’s time to get the kids back in school. With the school year comes rehearsals, after-school sports, homework, and a whole whirlwind of activities coming your way. When it comes to preparing dinner, it’s best to have dinner ideas that are quick and easy. However, here at Slap Ya Mama, we still believe in keeping your easy and quick dinners as delicious as possible.

You can get dinner on the table in a flash with almost zero cleanup thanks to foil pack recipes. In addition, with all of the diet trends out there including keto, intermittent fasting, low-carb, and high-carb: you can modify any of these recipes to your liking. Here are three recipes that you can try on nights where your time over the stove is limited. All recipes are baked at 425 degrees for 25 minutes.

The best part about foil packs isn’t even the short time it takes to prepare them or how delicious they taste. The cleanup is almost non-existent!

Cajun Garlic Steak and Potato Foil Packs

Combine chopped steak, garlic, butter, Slap Ya Mama Seasoning, cubed potatoes, and onions in a bowl and pour into your foil pack.

Slap Ya Mama Spiced Sausage and Veggie Packs

Combine sliced smoked sausage, chopped peppers (of your choice), and onions, Slap Ya Mama Seasoning and olive oil in a bowl and pour into your foil pack.

Cajun Chicken Tacos

Combine chopped chicken, Slap Ya Mama Seasoning, jalapenos, pineapple, and peppers of your choice in a bowl with melted butter and pour into your foil pack.

We love to hear our audience’s recipes and ideas! If you have a foil pack recipe, please leave them below so that we can experience your recipe too! Remember, you can modify your Slap Ya Mama seasoning depending on dietary restrictions or your preference as well! We offer low-sodium seasoning and more!

 

How Gulf Shrimp Became The King of Shrimp

How Gulf Shrimp Became The King of Shrimp

It’s easy to find popcorn shrimp, in fact, we are a popcorn shrimp nation. We are enthralled by endless shrimp platters and all-you-can-eat seafood buffets and love overstuffed po’boys, steaming bowls of scampi, takeout containers dripping with kung pao, and one of Louisiana’s favorite: Cajun seasoned shrimp. However, for those of us, that know shrimp know that popcorn shrimp is a fraud.
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Slap Ya Mama Cocktails

Slap Ya Mama Cocktails

Summer is the perfect time to cool down with one of Mama’s Cocktails. From Bloody Marys to Pineapple Margaritas Mamas got you covered for a summer of fun!

1. Mama’s Pineapple Margarita 

This margarita is sweet, spicy and everything nice. The combination of Pineapple, Tumeric, Tequila, and Slap, may sound a little crazy but the flavors come together to create an unforgettable flavor. Give this cocktail a try, you can thank us later!

Slap Ya Mama Pineapple Margarita

2. Slap Ya Mama Bloody Mary 

One morning while eating brunch, Mama Jen noticed that her Bloody Mary lacked a punchy pizazz she expected from her favorite drink. So in an effort to satisfy her discerning taste, we created a seasoning blend perfectly formulated to bring out the best flavor in any Bloody Mary. Our Slap Ya Mama Bloody Mary Mix uses only the best ingredients — and gives Mama Jen that delicious Bloody Mary flavor she loves. We hope your family and friends enjoy it as much as we do. Click here to shop Slap Ya Mama Bloody Mary Mix!

Slap Ya Mama Bloody Mary Mix

3. Slap Ya Mama Spicy Margs 

Mama is heating things up with her Spicy Jalapeño Margarita. Simple and delicious, these margaritas are made with fresh lime juice and agave syrup. Make a single cocktail or whip up a pitcher for a crowd.

Slap Ya Mama Spicy Marg

4. Slap Ya Mama Bloody Maria 

When a Bloody Mary meets tequila it makes a wonderful Bloody Maria. The simple change from vodka to tequila really changes the taste. Of course here at Slap Ya Mama, we like it SPICY so we recommend using Ghost Tequila! Give this spicy cocktail a try!

Slap Ya Mama Bloody Maria 

5. Spicy Mexican Mule 

 

A Mexican Mule is a tequila-based spin on the Moscow Mule. Made for the spice connoisseurs, filled with a flavorful kick from the combination of Slap Ya Mama Hot Sauce and ginger beer, this cocktail is truly delicious!

Spicy Mexican Mule

Grilling Recipes To Get You Ready For Summer

Grilling Recipes To Get You Ready For Summer

Memorial Day weekend is right around the corner. The official start of summer. That means it’s time to break out the grill and get to cooking. Thinking about hosting a Memorial Day cookout but aren’t sure what to whip up? Don’t worry, the Slap Ya Mama team has tons of delicious ideas and recipes perfect for grilling this summer!

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The Cajun Crawfish Season

The Cajun Crawfish Season

Native Americans were catching and eating crawfish for years before the Acadians arrived, although some legends tell of the northeastern lobster following the Acadians to Louisiana and shrinking in size over the long journey. The Acadians took quite well to the local crawfish, and they became a major part of Cajun culture.

Crawfish- or mudbugs, as they are called since the popular species in Louisiana burrow into the wet ground of the freshwater bayous- can be boiled whole with spices and vegetables or the tender meat can be featured in a variety of Cajun cuisine from étouffée to meat pies. Every spring when crawfish are in season, Louisiana families like the Walkers spend their afternoons gathered around picnic tables, picking crawfish. They spread the old newspaper across long tables where they dump a giant pot of steaming crawfish along with boiled potatoes, garlic cloves, corn on the cob, whole mushrooms, and onions.

Some of the Walker’s fondest memories involve farming crawfish themselves. One of TW’s clients had a crawfish pond. When TW’s brother, Bob, was coming to Ville Platte for Easter with his family, TW asked his client if the kids could come by and pick up crawfish with the hand nets. “Mais, cher, don’t worry about that,” TW’s client said using the Cajun term of endearment. “I’ll tell my guy not to make his run on Saturday morning, and y’all can pick up all the traps.”

TW couldn’t believe this generous offer. He loaded up the whole family, and they headed to the ponds. “Jack and Joe were just waist-high then,” recalls TW. “We pulled them behind us in a boat and waded through the water with our hip boots on, even Mama Jen. I think we came up with over 250 pounds of crawfish.”

A good rule of thumb is three pounds of crawfish per person, which means the walkers hit the motherlode. “We got to be crawfish farmers for the day,” Jack remembers fondly.

TW’s client invited them back year after year. As Jack and Joe got older they wore snake-proof boots and started pulling the boats through the muddy water for the younger kids to ride. “It was always a good weekend says TW.”It brought all the family together.”

The Walkers took all those crawfish back to the Bayou Chicot house and cooked them in the backyard under the twinkle lights TW stung from the trees. “We ate for two hours, Cajun french music blaring in the background,” says Bob. “Living in Mississippi, I wanted my kids to experience the way I grew up.”

Today when the Walkers eat crawfish, they all remember those Easter weekends. They pop off the head and suck the juices, peel off the shell, and pop the meat in their mouths. The Slap Ya Mama seasoning tingles their lips just perfectly, and they’re taken right back to those Easter weekends way back when.

 

Crawfish Boil 

 

The quintessential Cajun meal- find a reason to celebrate and enjoy. Pop off the head and suck the juices, peel off the shell and pop the meat in your mouth.
Servings 12

Ingredients

Instructions

  • In a large bucket or cooler, place live crawfish, 3 cups salt, and water to cover. Let stand for 30 minutes, discarding any crawfish that float to the top (which indicates crawfish are dead). Rinse crawfish thoroughly using cold water.
  • In a large outdoor 60-gallon pot with a crawfish basket, place 2 bags Slap Ya Mama Cajun Seafood Boil, lemons(squeezing juices), and remaining 3 cups salt. Fill halfway with water, and bring to a boil over high heat on a heavy-duty outdoor burner. Add potatoes, corn, and garlic; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Submerge crawfish, and add sausage and remaining 2 bags Slap Ya Mama Cajun Seafood Boil. Return water to a boil. Turn off heat, and cover. Let stand until crawfish are tender and float to top, about 30 minutes. Serve immediately. Sprinkle with Slap Ya Mama Original Blend Cajun Seasoning to taste.
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