Eatible Delights Catering Talks Cajun and Creole

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Philadelphia has a long and rich culinary history. Although most people across the United States think of the famous Philly cheese steak when they hear Philadelphia, the city actually has a lot more to offer in terms of food. Eatible Delights Catering is proud to serve the greater Philadelphia area with a variety of delicious food items. Although many of Eatible Delights menu items have been inspired by the Philly food culture, other regional influences have certainly played a role. In fact, Eatible Delights has designed an entire menu based on southern Creole and Cajun cuisine.

Not everyone understands the difference between Creole food and Cajun cooking. Although travelers may find a mix of Creole and Cajun foods throughout the South, Creole is primarily associated with New Orleans. Cajun cooking also finds its roots in Louisiana, but more from the outskirts of the city and in Louisiana’s bayous. Both Creole and Cajun cuisine, offer some of the tastiest food items. Creole and Cajun cooking are both influenced partially by French cuisine along with Southern ingredients.

Creole cooking became increasingly popular through the emergence of New Orleans based chef Emeril Lagasse. Chef Emeril burst onto the television scene with a variety of cooking shows. Prior to Emeril’s successful television career, he was the executive chef at one of New Orleans most famous Creole themed restaurants, Commanders Palace. Now, New Orleans is full of celebrity chefs and fabulous restaurants that feature both Creole and Cajun foods.

Thankfully, foodies don’t have to travel all the way to Louisiana for some authentic Cajun and Creole cooking. Now, customers can call upon Eatible Delights Catering for a full line of Cajun and Creole foods. In fact, Eatible Delights Catering is now featuring a menu that includes items such as: Creole Crab Cakes, Cajun Chicken Pasta, Grilled Shrimp Remoulade, Seafood Gumbo, Blackened Catfish, Sweet Potato Cheesecake, and much more. The next time you get a craving for some great Cajun or Creole cooking, make sure to give Eatible Delights Catering a call.

What Is Cajun Cuisine?

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

Cajun cuisine is a style of cooking named for the French-speaking Acadian or Cajun settled in the Acadiana region of Louisiana, USA. Many are unaware that the typical Cajun food was developed by refugees and farmers who used whatever they had to feed large families. Cajun cuisine relies heavily on meats, frequently smoked, accompanied by rice or corn. If you’re visiting New Orleans, Louisiana, or Waveland, Mississippi you will find that the menus at restaurants usually contain the favorite Cajun foods.

Cajuns are fond of their spice and rich foods, and since they live so close to the Gulf of Mexico, seafood is a big item in their dishes. Some favorites are crawfish, catfish, crabs, and oysters. Cajun spices always consist of three vegetables.  The most desired vegetables that add flavor to Cajun cuisine are bell peppers, onions and celery. A couple of other favorites are cayenne pepper and garlic.

Many Cajun foods are made from a roux, which consist of a base made from flour, fat and water. It is used to make things like gravy, stews, and of course Gumbo. An authentic Cajun meal usually consists of a three-pot affair. One pot is dedicated to the main dish, the other to steamed rice, special made sausages, or some other seafood dish, and the third containing whatever vegetable is plentiful or available.

Some primary Cajun food favorites include Boudin, Gumbo, and Jambalaya. Boudin is a type of sausage made from pork, pork liver, rice, garlic, green onions, and other spices. Boudin balls are commonly served in southern Louisiana. Gumbo is a type of stew that has sausage, shrimp, crab, oysters, and can also have chicken or pork. It also contains tomatoes, okra, and many other spices and seasonings.  Jambalaya contains rice, chicken or beef, and/or seafood such as shrimp or crawfish, and almost anything else.

Cajun food hasn’t changed much over the years, but the love of Cajun food is stronger than ever!

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