Sunday, May 06, 2007

Secret Hickory Smoke Sauce

In New Orleans people like a type of Hickory Smoke Sauce on their Hamburgers. As a kid I discovered this sauce from an Uncle who claimed to have invented it and kept it secret so people would always ask him to make them some. As he got old and did not want to take the secret with him. He wasn't sure where he was going or if they would need a Secret Hickory Smoke Sauce there. He told me to keep it a secret too, so do not tell anyone what is below, Uncle Bud said he would haunt ya.

The sauce must be cooked to develop the flavors, depending on how much you need just remember the basic is half tomato ketchup and half tomato sauce in a sauce pan. Simmer on med heat add in the secret stuff, Liquid Hickory Smoke and Chili Powder to taste, not too much enough so the taste of the Hickory comes through and the Chili calms down the tomatoes. After it cooks a while let it on simmer and keep it warm.

Over the years I have used it in many other dishes, Frito Pie, which is just corn chips and can chili, no beans, topped off with cheese and the secret sauce. I also put it on my re fried beans as a topping with cheese. It has many uses. And you can get the apron or any of my New Orleans art or t-shirts below by clicking on the image to go to my studio store on the web.

Jambalaya Crawfish Pie apron
Jambalaya Crawfish Pie by figstreetstudio
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Got Gumbo shirt
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Friday, March 16, 2007

Quick Crawfish Seafood Salad

Quick Crawfish Seafood Salad Almost Home Made

Making a nice Louisiana style Crawfish Salad can be easy using store bought prepackaged products. Take the Louisiana packaged Crawfish tails, like  Louisiana Crawfish Co and add into a store bought seafood salad like 'Reser's'. I add in a little lemon juice and Louisiana Hot Sauce to pick it up. Then you can place it on a bed of lettuce with slices of tomato and lemon wedges.
Great with chips or crackers. To make a 'Crawfish Slaw' I add the crawfish- seafood salad mix into the pre-sliced cabbage package and add in a little mayonnaise, creole mustard, then spiced with lemon and Louisiana Hot Sauce. With the prepackaged Louisiana Crawfish Tails get creative and add them into many dishes you already make. And for some funny crawfish eating t-shirts and buttons see-

Fleur De Craw, Fleur De Lis Crawfish Shirts
Fleur De Craw, Fleur De Lis Crawfish Shirts by figstreetstudio
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Friday, January 19, 2007

Easy Stuffed Bell Peppers

Several Louisiana companies package a Cajun Dirty Rice mix that is good to stuff bell peppers.
Start with picking out nicely firm bell peppers. Cut the tops off and remove seeds and pith. You can boil or microwave the peppers until cooked but retain shape, el dente like.

Prepare the Dirty Rice mix according to the package directions with ground meat or whatever meat you like. Use the prepared Dirty Rice mix to put inside the slightly cooked peppers.
Here is where people differ some add an Italian red gravy, use the pre packaged can spaghetti sauce. And some like them plain with just the moisture from cooking. Place the stuffed peppers in a cooking dish with whatever gravy you like on top sitting in a little water and cook until done. You can do this in an oven or microwave just cover with foil or plastic wrap depending on where you cook them. I often wondered if you took Boudin Sausage out of the casing and stuffed peppers with it how it would work?

Peppers and Okra on T-Shirts click image.