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Cook Book Wishlist – Real Cajun: Rustic Home Cooking from Donald Link’s Louisiana

Cook Book Wishlist – Real Cajun: Rustic Home Cooking from Donald Link’s Louisiana

I must have this book! Here is an excerpt from a review of Real Cajun: Rustic Home Cooking from Donald Link’s Louisiana.

“If bacon does not immediately come to mind as an essential ingredient of Cajun cooking, then clearly you have been missing Link, the chef-owner of two New Orleans restaurants, Herbsaint and Cochon. He not only begins his premiere cookbook with instructions on making four pounds of homemade bacon, he includes such tempting items as a fried oyster and bacon sandwich, tomato and bacon pie, and catfish fried in bacon fat. Even in his vegetarian twice-baked potatoes, he cannot help mentioning, Normally I like crisp bits of bacon in stuffed potatoes.”

I think I’m in love!

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Blackened Chicken

Blackened Chicken

Boneless skinless chicken breast
Bacon grease

Marinade:
Worcestershire sauce
Tamari sauce
Lemmon juice
Water

Blackening seasonings:
Sugar
Onion powder
Pepper
Paprika
Cayenne
File (sassafras powder, optional)
Salt

Before you cook:
Pound chicken to about ½ inch thickness. Marinade can be made in proportions to your liking. Marinate chicken (completely submerged in marinade) in the refrigerator for as long as possible, up to overnight.

Blackening seasonings can also be mixed in your desired proportions. Be mindful of how much salt you add; you don’t want it to overwhelm the other seasonings. I use a small amount of file. If you are not familiar with it start small. The easiest way is to put all the ingredients in a small jar, put the lid on and shake it to mix. Then transfer to an empty shaker.

Cooking the chicken:
Melt bacon grease in an iron skillet. The skillet needs to get very hot – almost smoking. It can heat while you prepare the chicken.

Dry the chicken with paper towels. Discard marinade. Sprinkle liberally with blackening seasoning. Cook in iron skillet until done (2 to 4 minutes per side).

Warning: this will smoke up the kitchen and it splatters a lot!!!

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