Cajun sesaonings are perfect for spicy casseroles, stews, and even tater tots. If you are a fan of Cajun dishes, one of the first things that you will notice is that each blend from each spice maker is different from the other. For Cajun food lovers, finding the perfect Cajun seasoning mixture is a very difficult and arduous process. To help you get the taste right each time, prepare your own Cajun seasoning mix.
- Prepare the ingredients. The first step is to prepare the ingredients for the Cajun seasoning. You will need a quarter of teaspoon of curry powder, a quarter of a teaspoon of cumin, two teaspoons of cayenne powder, two teaspoons of dried thyme, a tablespoon of oregano, a tablespoon of rosemary, a tablespoon of dried basil, a tablespoon of black pepper, a tablespoon of onion powder, a tablespoon of garlic powder, two spoonful of sugar, a third of a cup of paprika, a quarter of a cup of chili powder, parsley flakes, nutmeg, bay leaf, two teaspoons of ground celery seeds, and a quarter of a cup of salt.
- Mix. Place all of the ingredients in a food processor or a small bowl. Although you can mix this by hand, the parsley flakes and bay leaf will not be easy to process. By using a food processor, you will be able to blend the ingredients fully and distribute the delicate tastes into the entire Cajun seasoning mix. Use the pulse mode to gently and slowly mix the ingredients.
- Store. Storing your Cajun seasoning can be done by using old spice bottles. Clean these bottles carefully so that the residue from the other spices that it once held will not infiltrate and mix with the Cajun seasoning. Also make sure that you keep the seasoning tightly sealed at all times. There are ingredients in the Cajun seasoning that will grow stale through time, especially if the powder has been exposed to open air for prolonged periods of time. If you are going to make very large batches of Cajun seasoning, you can also store these in airtight Ziploc bags.
- Experiment with the combinations. Keep in mind that the Cajun seasoning can be modified to suit your needs. If you want extra spicy Cajun seasoning, you can add more cayenne powder. Some people add more curry powder in order to bring out the rich yellowish color. How the seasoning mix will taste depends on you.
- Add onto your food. Once the Cajun seasoning mix is created, you can then proceed to use it on your dishes. Sprinkle these onto the Cajun dishes, or use it to marinate meats, or add flavor to casseroles, stews, and soups. If the Cajun seasoning is too spicy for your taste, you can add potatoes into the dishes where the Cajun is used. The potatoes will suck in the spices so that you will have a milder dish.
As much as possible, start with a small batch. This will allow you to experiment and gauge just how you want your Cajun powder to taste like. Once you have gotten the combination and proportions down to pat, you can begin to make larger batches of Cajun seasoning.