When people think about Cajun food, blandness doesn't typically come to mind. In fact, the mention of this wicked Louisiana cuisine tends to conjure thoughts of awesome-sauce dirty rice, tantalizing blackened salmon and spicy crawdads.
One key to turning just about any dish into a Cajun creation is knowing how to mix up an old school spice rub, which can be used on chicken, seafood, pork, beef or vegetables. You could even sprinkle this stuff on popcorn or mix it into sour cream for an easy dip.
In a bowl, mix the following ingredients until they're well-blended: 1 tablespoon (tbsp) sweet paprika, 2 teaspoons (tsp) salt, 1 tsp cayenne pepper, 3/4 tsp black pepper, 1/2 tsp Creole seasoning, 1 tbsp of dried garlic, 1/2 tsp dried basil, 1/2 tsp dried thyme and 1/2 tsp dried oregano.
Keep this stuff stashed in a sealable bag or food storage container, where you'll be able to dip into it anytime you want to kick up the flavor of a boring old recipe. It should stay fresh for about six months, but chances are you'll use it long before then.
For example, you may be growing tired of your grandma's tired version of lasagna, and this Cajun Lasagna will make your taste buds think it's Mardi Gras. Another great twist on a classic are these Cajun Sweet Potato Fries with Yogurt Dipping Sauce.
Looking for a hotter recipe? No problem! Try this Cajun Sausage and Rice dish, or these Cajun Vegetables to make your dining room feel like paradise on the bayou.