Soul Food and Southern Cooking in a Crockpot
Soul Food is a term that arose during the American civil rights movement, referring to protein rich meals from the African American tradition. Sometimes called Southern Cooking, these meals can also generally be called Comfort Food.
Jambalaya is a spicy stew that uses more or less whatever ingredients are to hand. Based on rice, tomatoes, peppers and onions, other ingredients can be ham, chicken, and duck. Shrimp and other seafood can also be added - but only towards the end of cooking time.
Bayou Gumbo starts with a roux of flour and oil prepared in a frying pan and placed first into the slow cooker. Based on smoked sausage, it also traditionally contains okra.
Bayou Chicken is a gloriously rich chicken stew with ham, artichokes and shallots seasoned with white wine, tarragon, turmeric.
Cajun Red Beans
Cajun Red Beans uses kidney beans as the base, and includes smoke sausage and a hambone for added flavour. Spicy or not depending on whether you add jalapeno peppers
Not all southern recipes have to be cooked for a long time. Chicken Creole can be ready in about twenty minutes. For details of this and other delicious soul food recipes, please have a look at Soulfoodandsoutherncooking.com
Soul Food Tips
To make your own Cajun seasoning, mix:
2 tablespoons cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons garlic powder
2 tablespoons onion powder
2 tablespoons dark chili powder
1 tablespoon paprika
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
And store in an airtight jar.
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