Creole-Inspired Spice Mix

Creole spice mix adds a New Orleans dimension to your meal-making repertoire.  So put on your tiara and be Princess Tiana with the spice combination below…

CREOLE-INSPIRED INGREDIENTS:

  • 1-1/2 tsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp Garlic
  • 1 tsp Onion
  • 1/2 tsp Oregano
  • 1/2 tsp Thyme
  • 1/4 tsp salt (creole seasoning is usually very salty, but you can start small and add as you like)
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/8 tsp Cayenne pepper (if you do not have this spice, use another ¼ tsp ground black pepper)

DIRECTIONS:

Mix ingredients together before creating your meal, or add individually to the meal as you cook.


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RECIPE IDEAS
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GUMBO

See how this recipe can be turned into Easy Jambalaya*

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 Tbsp cooking oil
  • 3 Tbsp starchy gluten-free flour (such as rice, all-purpose gluten-free baking, potato)
  • 4 cups chicken broth, divided
  • 2 8oz cans of tomato sauce
  • Creole seasoning (above)
  • ½ tsp Parsely (optional)

Meats (all optional):

  • 3-4 cubed chicken breasts
  • ½ an Andouille sausage rope (if you don’t have this and want the flavor, use the Additional Andouille Sausage Spices** following the directions)
  • 1 lb small-medium pre-cooked shrimp (add 5 minutes before serving if thawed, 10 minutes before serving if frozen)

Vegetables (all optional):

  • 1 cup carrot slices
  • 1 chopped bell pepper
  • 1 cup sliced okra
  • 1 chopped medium onion
  • 1 stalk chopped celery
  • 1 small chopped zuchini

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Whisk flour and oil together in a large soup pot, then heat on low/medium.  Stir the mixture continuously with a whisk as it heats and begins to bubble (takes a couple minutes), making sure the mixture doesn’t burn.  Turn heat to low and continue cooking until it turns slightly darker in color and the flour smell is gone.
  2. Add ½ cup chicken broth, whisking immediately to prevent lumps and ensure an even texture.
  3. Add remaining broth and tomato sauce, stir, then turn to high and heat to boiling.
  4. Stir as soup becomes thick.  Reduce heat to low/medium, then add meat and vegetable choices and spices.
  5. Cook covered on low/medium for 30 minutes, or until all ingredients are fully cooked, stirring occasionally.

Serve on top of cooked rice.

TIP: The longer the gumbo cooks, the more the flavors will marry.


**Additional Andouille Sausage Spices:

  • ½ tsp chili
  • ¼ tsp crushed red pepper
  • ½ cumin
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ¼ tsp sage
  • ¼ tsp salt

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*Easy Jambalaya

INGREDIENTS:

  • Use the same ingredients as Easy Gumbo, except the flour.
  • Reduce chicken broth to 2 cups
  • Reduce tomato sauce to 1 8oz can
  • 2 cups uncooked instant brown rice

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a large soup pot, heat the cooking oil on low/medium.  Add meat choices (including shrimp, if using) and cook thoroughly.
  2. Add broth, tomato sauce, vegetable choices and spices.  Heat on high to boiling.  Reduce heat and cook covered until vegetables are soft.
  3. Add rice and cook covered until soft.
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