Anyone who has ever been to New Orleans has tried Cajun.
Whether it’s at a fine-dining establishment, a diner or even an airport snack bar, the cuisine is a constant presence in the Crescent City and many who have visited there have gotten hooked.
From gumbo and jambalaya to etouffe and seafood boils, there certainly is a lot to like and if you fall into that category, you might even want to try your hand at a recipe or two.
Toward that end, there are a number of amateur and professional chefs online who can give you guidance. So boot up the laptop or tablet and take in some video knowledge from these experts.
Emeril Lagasse (www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLFecQJRJd4b-LH2eldgBlcgceU8cYlkQ3): No one is more passionate about Cajun than the affable Emeril and in the “Big Easy Food” section of his YouTube channel, you’ll find not only the requisite gumbo, jambalaya and etouffee recipes but also how-tos for making unusual dishes such as chorizo stewed in cider, oysters casino and crawfish imperial. You can’t go wrong with Emeril.
Cajun Cooking TV (www.youtube.com/user/mikestokes1): Baton Rouge, La., native Beryl Stokes is your host for this informative series of weekly videos aimed at working folks that walks them through the steps of making restaurant-quality Cajun meals at home. Its nearly 150 videos show how to make not only things like beignets and shrimp and grits but also explain the finer points of cooking with a cast-iron skillet.
Creative Cajun Cooking (creativecajuncooking.com): Mixed in with recipes and ads for its catering service and Cajun food products are dozens of how-to videos for dishes such as a swamp burger, a Mardi Gras dip, a Cajun prime rib and redfish buras. And for a side, there is a gator pickle potato salad – which, by the way, contains no gator meat.
Captain Coby’s Cajun Cooking (www.youtube.com/channel/UC1vFUMMXI0nmhrm3nLxZhPg/featured): While a lot of Cajun cooking can be centered on seafood, Captain Coby’s channel has a little bit of everything, showing how to make dishes such as pulled pork, smothered cabbage, pralines, steak in gravy, white chocolate bread pudding and a pig roast. But not to worry, seafood lovers, there are also shrimp, redfish and crab recipes as well.
Cajun Cousins Cooking (www.youtube.com/channel/UCPO665BfRudnhh8KXiUf6kQ): Chef Brett Hebert is about as Cajun as it gets and all his recipes are made from scratch, among them red beans, rice and sausage, home-made fried chicken, stuffed pork loin, a garlic cheese bread and a seafood mac and cheese with crab, shrimp and lobster. These are detailed videos so take notes.
Louisiana Cajun Recipes (www.youtube.com/user/007bondjb): An entertaining character named JB isn’t above having a cold one as he demonstrates how to smoke brisket, do a crawfish boil and make New Orleans bread pudding with whiskey sauce, among other dishes. And you’ll have a few laughs along with the knowledge.
George Dickie has been a features writer for Gracenote/Tribune Media Services since 1989, when “Hee-Haw” was still on the air and George “Goober” Lindsay was his first interview. His early interviews ranged from Jim Henson and Dick Van Dyke to Phil Collins and the Dixie Chicks.