Louisiana Crawfish Season | Slap Ya Mama

Louisiana Crawfish Season | Slap Ya Mama

Here at Slap Ya Mama, we know all about the perfect crawfish boil during Louisiana crawfish season. To understand the love of crawfish here in Louisiana, all you have to do is drive around Louisiana with your windows down. You will hear the delicious smell from every yard around throughout the state.

In Louisiana, crawfish is more than just a local delicacy, it’s a food that marks a season! When spring is in the air, everyone gets excited about crawfish! The history of crawfish intersects with Louisiana’s agriculture and religion. Crawfish were first harvested from the deepwater of the Atchafalaya Basin and later became a farmed commodity when farmers turn their flooded rice fields into crawfish ponds to meet demand.

Since during lent, the only meat that can be consumed is seafood, crawfish just makes sense! In March 7th, 2017 Crawfish history was made when Governor Billy Nungesser proclaimed Emile the crawfish as safe from boiling at Zatarain’s first crawfish pardoning event in New Orleans.

Depending on the weather, crawfish season can start as early as November and last through Jine. If you are new to the area, or are planning your own boil at your home, here are some crawfish tips.

If you don’t have the pleasure of experiencing a backyard boil, restaurants and bars across the state serve up an experience. Here are the best places in Louisiana to buy crawfish! If you want to have your own boil and need the right ingredient, look no further than here.

Are you wondering why we love crawfish so much?  Words can’t adequately explain our passion, as it’s something that must be experienced for oneself. We welcome neighbors and newcomers alike to our festivals and backyards, as long as you eat these mudbugs properly and remember NOT to rub your eyes, you’ll have a blast!

 

Healthy Cajun Food? You’d be Surprised

Healthy Cajun Food? You’d be Surprised

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

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

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!

Peppers

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.

Common Seasoning

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

Paw Paw Dub’s Hot Dip

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

Ingredients:
  • 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
Directions:
  1. 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.
New Orleans Saints Game Day Recipes | Slap Ya Mama

New Orleans Saints Game Day Recipes | Slap Ya Mama

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!  

 

Mama’s Crawfish Étouffée

Mama’s Crawfish Étouffée

Crawfish Étouffée

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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

Ingredients:
  • 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
Directions:
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Enjoy.
New Year’s Resolutions from Slap Ya Mama.

New Year’s Resolutions from Slap Ya Mama.

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.

Add Color

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.

Go Fresh

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

Maw Maw’s Pecan Pie

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.

Ingredients:
  • 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
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. 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.
  3. Bake for 10 minutes.
  4. In a large bowl, stir together sugar, melted butter, and eggs. Add pecans and corn syrup, stirring well. Pour into prepared crust.
  5. 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

Candied Yams & Pecans

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

Yams Ingredients:
  • 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.
Yams Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Spray a 13×9-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes. 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:
Directions:
  1. Line a small baking sheet with foil; spray with cooking spray.
  2. 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.
A Cajun Seasoning Christmas for The Foodie in Your Life

A Cajun Seasoning Christmas for The Foodie in Your Life

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

Mama Jen’s Cajun Cornbread

Mama Jen’s Cajun Cornbread

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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.

Ingredients:
  • 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)
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a 13×9-inch baking pan with butter.
  2. In a medium skillet, cook tasso and sausage over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until browned, 5 to 7 minutes. Set aside.
  3. 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 into prepared pan.
  4. 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.