Whether you are from the South and scanning the long seasoning aisle feeling overwhelmed, OR, you are from up North or out West wondering what in the heck Cajun or Creole even means, selecting seasonings can be tricky and can either make or break your recipe! I decided to take it to the pros – real southern home chefs who have years of experience with the stuff. The responses were quite surprising, ranging from my fellow deep south foodies all the way up to Nashville, Tennessee. The votes are in:
First, we have the recipe blogger Creole Contessa. Originally from California, she spent her summers with her late grandmother in
Louisiana. Now she “creolizes” everything and proves that you don’t have to be born in the South to enjoy the food. Lisa likes Slap Ya Mama Cajun Seasoning, and warns against going too heavy on the Tony Chachere’s because it can be too salty.
Just make sure not to season her food once it’s plated! As the self proclaimed “spice lady” she says, “It would be BLASPHEMOUS to season my food after I’ve cooked it.” She also hints on something that I truly live by, explaining that hot sauce is okay to use once the food is plated. In my own house, hot sauce is a seasoning.
Phillip Fryman of Nashville, Tennessee hosts a charming little food blog called “Southern Fatty”. Phillip had the cooking bug since he was a little one, who now loves sharing his cooking and photography with the world. He explains, “Coarse sea salt is my go-to. I salt just about everything… probably a bit too much.” He also makes his own spice blends, ranging from a Cajun blend to a homemade smoky seasoning salt blend. Like Creole Contessa, he proves you don’t have to reside in Louisiana to enjoy the food. He claims, “Cajun fries are a staple in my house.”
The proof is in the pudding ya’ll! Southern seasoning is not too spicy and you can even make it to your liking in your own home. Don’t be afraid to use these southern seasonings on your eggs, your grilled chicken, your fries, you name it. The rest of the world should be able to enjoy southern flavored food the way we foodies do.