Cajun Fried Turkey

Cajun Fried Turkey

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.

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

 

Cajun Style Crispy Onion Rings

Cajun Style Crispy Onion Rings

CAJUN STYLE CRISPY ONION RINGS

Recipe & Pictures by Heidy L. McCallum of  THE MCCALLUM’S SHAMROCK PATCH

You’ll seriously love how easy it is to make these Cajun-Style Crispy Onion Rings. If you enjoy good ole fashioned homemade crispy fried onion rings and  Cajun Spices this is your Onion ring recipe you have waited for. Cajun-Style Crispy Onion Rings are made with Yellow onions, self-rising flour, self-rising cornmeal, Cajun seasoning, oregano, freshly ground black peppercorns, ground cayenne peppers, beer, Tabasco sauce, and fried perfectly crispy in peanut oil.

Summertime isn’t complete without having a side of Cajun-Style Crispy Onion Rings to complement a big juicy burger cooked on a charcoal grill in my families eyes. These Cajun-Style Crispy Onion Rings actually are good with almost any summer meal.

Oddly many folks who hate raw onions in recipes, seem to love onion rings for some reason; in my own son’s words, ” I love me some onion rings… but if you attempt to put an onion on my burger, I’ll kick your butt.”

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The actual invention of our deliciously crispy onion rings is actually unknown…

  • John Mollard’s 1802 cookbook “The Art of Cookery Made Easy and Refined”  includes a recipe called “Fried Onions with Parmesan Cheese.” The recipe suggests cutting onions into 1/2″ rings, dipping them into a batter made of flour, cream, salt and pepper, and Parmesan cheese, and then deep-frying them in “boiling” lard. It further suggests serving them with a sauce made of melted butter and mustard.
  • In 1910, a recipe for French Fried Onions appeared in the Middletown, New York Daily Times on 13 January 1910. It does not claim to be the originator of the recipe.
  • Another claimant to the invention of the onion ring is the Kirby’s Pig Stand restaurant chain, founded in Oak Cliff, Texas, in the early 1920s.
  •  In 1933, a recipe for deep-fried onion rings that were dipped in milk then dredged in flour appeared in The New York Times, the advertisement was for the company Crisco.
  • The restaurant A&W is credited with popularizing the onion rings in fast food restaurants, introducing it to its menu in the 1960s.

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One of the best tips I can give y’all about draining your Cajun-Style Crispy Onion Rings is letting them rest on a bakers rack to drain off the excess peanut oil; it lets air hit both sides of the Cajun-Style Crispy Onion Rings to keep them nice and crispy.

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Making your own Cajun-Style Crispy Onion Rings has never been easier than this simple easy to follow recipe that uses ingredients most people already have on hand in the refrigerator and pantry. These Cajun-Style Crispy Onion Rings pair well with burgers, fish, chicken, and even ribs.

CAJUN-STYLE CRISPY ONION RINGS

INGREDIENTS:

    • 3 large yellow onions, cut into 1/2-inch rings
    • 2 and 1⁄4 cups of self-rising flour

1⁄4 of a cup yellow self-rising cornmeal

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Place the sliced onion rings in an ice bath, place in refrigerator while in the ice bath for about 25-35 minutes
  2. In a medium bowl combine the self-rising flour with the cornmeal, Slap Ya Mama Original Blend Cajun Seasoning, oregano, kosher salt, freshly ground black peppercorns, and a pinch of ground cayenne; mix to combine dry ingredients.
  3. Add in your favorite beer, a few dashes of Slap Ya Mama Hot Sauce, and a lightly beaten egg; combine thoroughly until a smooth batter is formed; refrigerate the batter for 30 minutes.
  4. Drain the onion rings of excess water from the ice bath then place on a baking rack; pat dry with clean paper towels if needed.
  5. Dip the onion rings into the batter coating well on both sides.
  6. Heat 3-inches oil in a cast iron skillet to about  375 degrees.
  7. Drop the onion rings a few at a time into hot oil and fry until golden brown on both sides.
  8. Drain the Cajun-Style Crispy Onion Rings on a baking rack.
  9. Serve hot with your favorite dipping sauce
  10. Enjoy!

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Fried Catfish Topped With A Crawfish Au Gratin Sauce

Fried Catfish Topped With A Crawfish Au Gratin Sauce

Ingredients:

Crawfish Au Gratin Sauce:

  • 7 Tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 Cup diced onion
  • 1/4 Cup diced green bell pepper
  • 1/4 Tablespoon minced garlic
  • 5 Tablespoons flour
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1/8 Teaspoon dried basil
  • Pinch dried thyme
  • 1 Tablespoon of Slap Ya Mama Original Blend Seasoning
  • 3 Cups milk
  • 1/4 Cup white wine
  • 4 Ounces American cheese, cubed
  • 1 Pound peeled crawfish tails
  • 2 Tablespoons sliced green onions

Fried Catfish:

Directions:

For the sauce:

In a 12” skillet over medium heat, melt the butter and saute the onions, peppers and garlic until wilted. Add the flour and stir until a blond roux is achieved, about 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the sugar, basil, thyme and Slap Ya Mama Original Blend. Add the milk and wine and cook over medium heat until the milk thickens, stirring constantly. Add the cheese and stir until the cheese melts and fully incorporates into the sauce. Add the crawfish tails and cook until heated through, about 4 minutes.

 For the catfish:

Sprinkle the catfish filets with Slap Ya Mama Original Blend. In a small bowl, beat the eggs and add the milk. Dip the catfish filets in the milk/egg mixture and then coat with the Slap Ya Mama Fish Fry. Heat the oil to 350 degrees F in a large skillet. Fry the catfish until golden brown, 6 to 8 minutes.

Plate the catfish, spoon the Au Gratin Sauce over the filet and sprinkle a few green onions over the top to finish it off.  Enjoy!