Cajun cuisine is one of the things that come to mind when thinking of Southern American food. Cajun pertains to the cooking style that originated in Louisiana, and it is considered a rustic type of cuisine that predominantly uses locally available ingredients and involves simple preparation. What makes it special is the way it is prepared, the ingredients used, and the strong, savory flavors that will remind you of home. Here are some of the other things you must know about Cajun cuisine:
- A typical Cajun meal, even at our Loveland restaurant, is often prepared with three pots: one for the steamed rice, seafood dish, or sausages, second for the vegetables that are currently available or in-season, and a third pot for the main dish. Pork sausages and shrimp are staple meats in many different Cajun dishes.
- Cajun cuisine uses the so-called ‘Holy Trinity’ of vegetables, namely green bell pepper, celery, and onion. These are known to add to the unique and flavorful aroma of Cajun and Creole dishes. These vegetables are roughly diced. At times, a cook or a chef may add green onions, black pepper, cayenne pepper, bay leaf, and parsley to enhance the aroma of a dish.
- You can differentiate Cajun and Creole cuisines by their ingredients. One of the ways tell them apart is through the absence or presence of tomatoes. Cajun food does not use tomatoes and the food preparation is less fussy and straightforward (unlike Creole cuisine, which uses different cooking methods and more ingredients).
- Cajun cuisine is actually country-style southern food. It was traditionally served and enjoyed by the French colonists who settled in southern Louisiana, which was considered as a rural area during the colonial era. Because of that, residents were resourceful and inventive with the ingredients they use and the food they made. In fact, minimal waste and simple ingredients are among the principles of Cajun cooking, and these are still practiced today, even by seasoned chefs who specialize in this cuisine.
- Best when spicy. Cajuns love spices and well-seasoned food, so you will enjoy the flavorful and rich dishes with enhanced flavors from green onions, garlic, parsley, and paprika.
Come join us and try our traditional Cajun cuisine for a meal or as an appetizer during happy hour Loveland style.