From a deep South LA girl: Really tasty recipe, but needed one big revision, in my opinion. Made as is, this recipe is way hotter than many of us even in S LA like it! Contrary to popular opinion, Cajun food is supposed to be spicy as in flavorful with lots of seasoning, not so hot you can't eat it. Most Mexican food we eat is way hotter than our good Cajun food. That being said, as we eat it is still way too hot for most Yankees.
Anyway, it is better without the 2 TBSP fresh chilis and I prefer only 1 - 2 TBSP of Tony's Creole -- each seasoning is different, but 1/4 cup of Tony's would be so salty we'd gag eating it, and we like things pretty salty compared to most.
Having always made my roux with butter rather than olive oil, which is our traditional way, I was interested to try the oil. It turned out very well, good for those people who believe butter is bad for you. Not being a believer in that theory (since most of my family lived to 100 or so eating tons of butter and animal fats their whole lives), I will probably use butter most of the time.
I also use chicken thighs rather than breasts. Don't put the garlic in the roux as that burns too easily. Sautee veggies first. Add 1 cup Okra last 10 min. Not liking overcooked shrimp, I sautee them separately in garlic-infused butter (2 TBSP) w/ bit of salt and pepper for 3 minutes. Also, put in 1/2 lb sausage for flavor, but serve another 1 lb fried sausage with the cooked shrimp on top of ea serving. Then, YUM!
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From a deep South LA girl: Really tasty recipe, but needed one big revision, in my opinion. ...