Cajun Cooking Facts

Cajun Cooking Facts

Learn more about Cajun cuisine.

Cajun food is the rich, spicy, and delicious food coming out of Louisiana.  While many enjoy the taste of this type of cooking, they may not realize that this type of cooking in couched in history and tradition.  If you love Cajun food or if you’re simply interested in this regional cuisine, then here are some facts about Cajun cooking.

1) Cajun food was born out of poverty.

Cajun cooking was originally developed by poor refugees and farmers that were trying to feed their large families.  This is one reason why rice is such a staple of Cajun cuisine.  Adding rice into different dishes allowed people to “stretch” their food and feed more people with it.

2) Many dishes start with the “Holy Trinity.”

One of the staples of Cajun cooking is known as the Holy Trinity. The Holy Trinity consists of bell pepper, onion, and celery.  Many Cajun chefs use this as a base to start dishes such as jambalaya, gumbo, etouffee, and so on.  While these three ingredients are mainstays, garlic and cayenne pepper are also hugely important in how Cajuns season their food.

3) Making a proper roux is an event.

In essence, a roux (pronounced “roo”) is a combination of fat and flour that is cooked and then added to soups or stews as a thickening agent.  The classic French version of a roux uses equal amounts of butter and flour.  In contrast, Cajun cuisine uses oil instead of butter because it can cook longer without burning.  A proper Cajun roux cooks for many hours on low heat until the roux reaches a dark, chocolatey brown color.  This long cooking process creates the deep, rich flavour that Cajun cooking is known for.

These are just a few of the many facts that make Cajun cooking so great.  If you want to add more Cajun flavour into your life, then save the date for the next Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival.  The festival will be back in the summer of 2018 when the Simi Valley comes alive with Cajun music and food, zydeco music, blues music, a Mardi Gras parade, zydeco dance lessons, and more!  To learn more about this exciting local event, contact Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival today.