I love the fried chicken I grew up on, but this version takes the beauty of the comfort-food classic to another level, and adds a spicy sauce with a twist, for excitement. The technique here uses basically the same principle as twice-fried French fries: you fry the chicken pieces once at medium heat to just cook them through, and then fry them a second time at a higher heat to brown and crisp the skin. The key to achieving this chicken’s extra-crispy skin on the outside and juiciness on the inside is to pat the raw chicken pieces dry and refriger¬ate uncovered for several hours, or preferably overnight, to let the skin dry out. Moisture is the enemy of crispness.
With the rice flour and tapioca starch, these waffles have a chewier texture than wheat flour waffles. If you don’t have a waffle iron, the same batter can be used for cooking up 4 large pancakes or 8 smaller ones in a lightly buttered skillet; top them with melted butter and cane syrup as directed for the waffles.
From Treme, by Lolis Eric Elie
This recipe combines two of my favorite ingredients: Frank's RedHot and Tony Chachere's Cajun seasoning. Great to serve during any sports-watching get-together, they taste even better with a cooling, savory blue cheese or ranch dip.
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Here's an interesting twist on a classic American snack. Make a large batch of these and take them with you to a ball game — they're perfect for when the munchies strike.
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There's plenty of sauce with these shrimp—I always have some bread on the side to soak it up. Make it your own by using your favorite amber beer or flavorful broth.
— Mark Oppe, North Pole, Alaska
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Crispiness, saltiness, and seafood are the defining ingredients for a summer sandwich that’s warm-weather appropriate, which is why we love fried oyster sandwiches. This recipe from chef Douglas Sisk of Miami Beach’s The Social Club gives a nod to the sandwich’s New Orleans upbringing with a Cajun cream cheese spread.
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This spicy chicken and shrimp pasta has been on The Cheesecake Factory’s menu for years! This version of the recipe simplifies it for the home cook by replacing the chain’s house-made spiced butter with olive oil for a healthier take on the uber-popular dish. If you can’t get your hands on fresh linguini, feel free to replace it with dry pasta.This recipe is courtesy of The Cheesecake Factory.
Surprise your guests with this healthy alternative to chips, popcorn, and cookies. You can use the seeds of a fresh pumpkin for this recipe, but it may be easier just to buy pumpkin seeds at the grocery store.
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I was thrilled to try a variety of Healthy Solutions Spice Blends. While at my local fish store the sea bass just look beautiful and I immediately knew I wanted to prepare this for my husband cajun style. How great that all of the spices I needed to make this dish is in one package.
Give my Cajun Sea Bass a try using Shelly’s Healthy Solutions Spice Blends.