Chicken and Andouille Sausage Gumbo

Gumbo is an art! It comes in many different ways but the key ingredient is the roux. If you don’t make the roux right it can become a complete disaster. Some will make their gumbo with shrimp or crab and others are known to make it with chicken and sausage. While I love a good seafood gumbo my daughter cannot eat seafood. Doesn’t mean we don’t eat it, we just like her to be able to share in the gumbo fun sometimes too. For that reason I make a chicken and andouille sausage gumbo. Andouille sausage really gives the flavor to the gumbo. The chicken gives it a hearty pick up. Then there is the controversy of tomatoes. This is really depending on my mood if I add them or not. Generally, when doing a chicken and andouille sausage gumbo I say it’s 50/50. When doing a seafood gumbo it is always and forever a no. I am just not a fan of tomatoes and seafood. I know I am a Italian a heart and in some sauces it will merry perfectly but in gumbo I am just not a big fan of it.

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One of my favorite times of the year is Mardi Gras. I love to have an excuse to cook Cajun foods. Not that I necessarily need one but that’s the excuse I give the family :) Gumbo is a good way to get them to eat okra too. They like it fried also but it’s not the healthiest way for them to eat it. King cake has to be the one dessert of this season they cannot get enough of. Other delicious dishes of this season are jambalaya, etouffee, crawfish or low country boil, and some seasoned cornbread fried catfish. What is your favorite Cajun or Creole recipe?

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My most favorite Cajun/Creole recipe has to be fried alligator. I know it’s not healthy and I really don’t care. It is all about the southern fried goodness when it comes to gator. It should be tender on the inside with an amazing crunchy batter on the outside. Gator is best served with fries, corn and cocktail sauce. When we all go out for Cajun this is what we all generally order. I wish gator was sold on the shelves because I would definitely make it at home. I guess it’s good it is not since it gives me an excuse to go out to dinner.

Chicken and Andouille Sausage Gumbo
Serves 8
Gumbo full of chicken, sausage, and okra.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
1 hr 20 min
Total Time
1 hr 40 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
1 hr 20 min
Total Time
1 hr 40 min
For Roux
  1. 1 3/4 Cups Olive Oil
  2. 2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  3. Juices from baked sausage and chicken
For Gumbo
  1. 1 large white onions; diced
  2. 5 stalks celery; chopped
  3. 1 large green bell pepper; diced
  4. 2 handfuls of okra; sliced
  5. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  6. 3 cloves of garlic; minced
  7. 2 bay leaves
  8. 3 links of andouille sausage
  9. 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  10. 1/2 tablespoon cayenne
  11. 64 oz chicken broth
  12. 4 cups of water
  1. Preheat oven or digital oven to 400 degrees F. Place sausage and chicken in a dish together and bake for one hour and thirty minutes.
  2. Preheat a large cast iron or enameled cast iron skillet over medium heat. Pour 1 3/4 cups olive oil and juices from sausage and chicken bake into the skillet. Allow oil to come to temperature. Whisking vigorously, add the two cups of flour to the oil making sure to thoroughly combine. Switch to a wooden spoon to constantly stir for about 20 minutes or until the roux is a dark red caramel color.
  3. Add onions to roux and pour into a large pot. Add in celery, garlic and green bell pepper. Top with chicken broth just to cover and cook for about 8 minutes. Add in the rest of the chicken stock and water. Add in sliced sausage and shredded up chicken. Add in bay leaves, cayenne pepper, and paprika. Cook on low for 20 minutes.
  4. While gumbo is on a low boil add sliced okra and one tablespoon of olive oil to a skillet. Fry okra for about 4 to 6 minutes on medium low heat to remove stickiness. Add to gumbo pot. Salt and pepper gumbo to taste. Cook on low for another 10 minutes until all flavors merry.
  5. Serve with a scoop full of white rice and top with spring onions.
  1. Gumbo is an art form. Never ever leave it while cooking.
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Bourbon Chicken

I have to admit I am such a sucker for Cajun food. It’s just one of those heritage things that I know my best friend/cousin Chelsea gets. Like the time we had friends in from New Zealand and decide on a whim to buy a 40 pound bag of crawfish and purge them.  We also did Cajun style turkey. While I love all of the above I do think that the Bourbon Chicken has to be one of my most favorite Cajun recipes. Do you have a Cajun favorite?

Bourbon chicken

Alligator! Fried gator is another Cajun favorite. When we head out to eat that is probably the most ordered dish in my house excluding my daughter cause she is allergic to seafood. I have yet to find alligator in the stores where I can buy it and cook it myself. Anywho! This recipe for bourbon chicken is not a recipe I have made in quite a few years. I thought it would be a change to our menu. To my surprise, my entire family devoured it, got kisses, and told it needs to be on the menu every week. I think I need to make Cajun food a little more often!

Bourbon Chicken

Yes, I do use bourbon in this rice. Why yes I feed it to my kids. The alcohol burns off when you cook just in case your concerned. I completely understand some fears about it but I assure you it’s safe. I love to pair the bourbon chicken with red beans and rice. While I am not adding the recipe today for the red beans and rice I do assure you that soon I will add it. Of course, if it takes me to long you can always bug me in the comments below or on Twitter or Facebook. You can find those links to your upper right ;) My bacon spatula helped me make this dish. I just have to show you because it is super cool and these spatula’s are hands down one of my favorite tools in the kitchen!  Bacon spatula!

Bourbon Chicken

Serving Size: 6

Bourbon Chicken


4 lbs boneless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2 cubes
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 garlic cloves, crushed
1/4 teaspoon fresh ginger
2 tablespoons garlic chili sauce with crushed red pepper in it
1 cup apple cider
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup ketchup
4 tablespoons cider vinegar
1/3 cup bourbon
1/3 cup soy sauce


Heat oil in a large skillet. Add chicken pieces, garlic and ginger; cook until lightly browned. Add garlic chili sauce, apple cider, ketchup, cider vinegar, soy sauce, and bourbon. Cook for a few minutes until sauce starts to thicken some.

Add in brown sugar and lower heat to simmer for 15 minutes until sauce sticks well to chicken. Serve with red beans and rice or anything other Cajun favorite.

Buttermilk Fried Pickles #SundaySupper

Buttermilk fried pickles is a recipe I make every Superbowl to start off the feast. The first few years I made these I used beer batter, regular flour, and a tons of spices. The spices have stayed but the beer and the flour changed after trying various recipes through out the years.

buttermilk fried pickles

The first and foremost important tip to remember is to get Vlasic as these pickles are crisp. You MUST have a crisp pickle to make them or they will fall apart when frying. The flavor or spice of the pickle is up to you. I have fried up dill pickles but this year I am putting a twist on the traditional favorite by using bread and butter pickles. Along with that change I used cake flour and buttermilk to bread the pickles. The cake flour is light and airy. It creates the perfect batter and the buttermilk helps the flour to attach in flaky layers. Paprika and cayenne pepper are a must for seasoning!


Buttermilk Fried Pickles

Total Time: 30 minutes

Serving Size: 6

Buttermilk Fried Pickles


1 jar of pickles; your choice of flavor
1 to 1 1/2 cups cake flour
2 cups buttermilk
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
vegetable oil for frying
Salt and pepper


Open pickles and drain off the juice into the sink. Place pickles in a large bowl. Pour buttermilk over pickles and let rest for about 2 minutes.

In a skillet or deep saute pan, add oil and heat to a medium heat for frying.

In medium sized bowl, add cake flour and spices; whisk until spices are integrated. Toss a few pickles in flour batter at a time. Add pickles to frying pan and fry for about 30 seconds to a 1 minute on each side. They will cook fast! If the batter starts to brown fast then turn down the heat a little. Drain pickles on a paper towel. Serve with ranch dressing or ranch dipping sauce.


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Mardi Gras Cupcakes

It’s carnival time again and I am counting the days till Fat Tuesday when I get to celebrate with fried gator tail and plenty of drinks. Until that time I plan on cooking everything Cajun in my book of secrets. Hence the Mardi Gras cupcake recipe.

Last year, I bought some doubloons from the dollar store to decorate my cupcakes with. Unfortunately, I never got the chance to use them. Though I am glad because I did not know my way around my new camera then. Now my abilities have grown and well I hope you can see that in the pictures below.

Mardi Gras Cupcake

One of the many questions I get asked is how do you swirl icing. It’s pretty simple! I just add a tad of each color to different spots in the pastry piping bag and then squeeze. I only add a little at a time of each or the colors tend to blend too much. You can see my bag below :)

Mardi Gras Icing

The tip I used is 1M by Wilton. I like this shape a lot for cupcakes as it gives a nice ice cream swirl effect. The Mardi Gras beads are a part of the collection of beads I have started to get ready for all the Fat Tuesday fun. I picked them up at the local Dollar Tree if you are interested in getting some of your own.

Now, I cannot take full credit on this recipe as my daughter, whom is 12, took the fun of baking these cupcakes. With a recipe from me she had fun with the colors and the endless licking of all the bowls. That is her favorite part of baking sweets. In fact, I generally have to continue to tell her the licking belongs at the end of baking not while we are trying to mix everything. She’s hilarious!

Mardi Gras Cupcakes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: About 16 cupcakes

Mardi Gras Cupcakes


For Cupcakes
1 1/4 cups cake flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon Malibu coconut rum
1/2 cup oil olive oil
1/2 cup buttermilk
Yellow gel food coloring
Purple gel food coloring
Green gel food coloring
For Frosting
2 cups unsalted butter , at room temperature
5 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoon vanilla extract


For Cupcakes:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a medium bowl, add cake flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir together with whisk, and set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, add eggs, sugar, vanilla, rum, and oil; beat on medium speed for about 30 seconds. Reduce mixer speed to low and slowly add about half of the flour mixture. Add half of the buttermilk, then the rest of the flour and the rest of the buttermilk; beat until combined.

Separate batter into bowls and color with gel food coloring in yellow, purple, and green. Pour a little of each batter into lined cupcake. Fill liners a little over half full. Bake cupcakes 12-14 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before frosting.

For Frosting

Using the paddle attachment of your stand mixer, whip the butter on medium-high speed for 2 minutes till butter is soft and fluffy. Reduce the speed to low and gradually add the powdered sugar. Once all of the powdered sugar is incorporated, increase the speed to medium-high and add the vanilla, mix well. Whip at medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes, scraping the bowl as needed. To color frosting just whip with purple, yellow, and green gel food coloring individually.

To swirl the frosting, simply put each color of frosting on each side of bag and pipe. I used a 1M tip from Wilton.

Cracked Pepper Andouille Pasta and Book Giveaway

One day Robert and I were tweeting, yes I said tweeting, back and forth and he truly grabbed my attention when he mentioned gouda and pancetta in mac and cheese. I love experiencing different mac and cheese recipes; especially if they have pancetta. We also would discuss how to make blackened chicken with out burning it. Many don’t know that there is a difference. Though, I am a bit strange and like both blackened and burnt!

So, I had this brilliant idea, why not share his cookbook with one lucky winner. I quickly tweeted Mr. Medina and asked if he would be interested in a giveaway and to my enjoyment he said of course! He sent the book to me in a snap but due to finals this week I have been procrastinating. Finally, I had a few quick moments to try a recipe out of his book. Let me tell you it wasn’t easy to pick one. Roasted garlic butter! Boom! That was it, Medina gave me inspiration in the kitchen. So without further ado here is the Cracked Pepper Andouille Pasta and a chance to win Mr. Medina’s lovely book “If You Can’t Stand The Heat”. Oh and did I mention he is ex-firefighter from NOLA!

Cracked Pepper Andouille Pasta
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  1. 2 sticks of unsalted butter
  2. 3 cloves of garlic (minced)
  3. peppercorns (either use a pepper mill or do like I do and buy them in one at the store; recycle the glass)
  4. salt
  5. 1 tbsp paprika
  6. 1 tbsp cayenne pepper
  7. 1 lb shells or small pasta of choice
  8. 2 andouille sausages
  1. In small pan start to fry the andouille. While the sausage is cooking, put on a large pot of water to boil for the pasta. Once the water is ready add in your pasta; salt the water. After the andouille is cooked well, pull off the sausage to a cutting board and slice in rounds. Save the grease and leftovers in the pan; do not dispose. Add garlic and butter to pan and remove from heat. This will melt the butter and lightly roast the garlic.
  2. Meanwhile, drain the pasta. Add in salt to taste, paprika, and cayenne pepper. Pepper (cracked black pepper) well till pasta is coated. Add in sausage, butter sauce, and stir well.
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