Louisiana culture is all about celebrating with food, and the holidays are no different. In our opinion holiday recipes should always have some Cajun flair, no matter where you are. Whether you’re from Louisiana or from out of state wanting to treat your family to some down-home cooking throughout the holidays, we have some incredible Cajun recipes for you to explore. Check out our online shop for all your ingredients: we’ve got the freshest meats and spices so you can have the best possible meal on the table.
Boudin Stuffed Bell Peppers
Stuffed bell peppers are always popular around the holidays, but rather than using boring ground pork, you can spice things up with a Cajun stuffing mixture using boudin from The Best Stop. Our boudin is so popular we sell about 2000 pounds per day. Pork, a bit of pork liver, onions, peppers, and more are cooked together to perfection and ground, then mixed with rice and stuffed into a natural casing.
The tender pork and rice mixture is perfect for stuffing veggies. For a zesty Cajun stuffed bell pepper, you can dice up the boudin or remove it from the casing when you mix it into a stuffing for the bell peppers. A dash of bread crumbs and melted butter will ensure that every bite of the stuffed peppers is succulent. It makes for a great side for a holiday meal or a lunch to keep everyone in the mood for the big spread you’re planning later on in the day.
Andouille & Cornbread Stuffing
Whether you’re smoking a turkey, grilling stuffed pork chops or serving up any kind of roast, like our pork ham roast, stuffing is a staple for the holiday season. Cornbread stuffing is a finger-licking good Cajun side, and we have just the thing to take it to the next level: Andouille sausage!
Brown a few links of diced Andouille sausage from The Best Stop before adding onions, garlic, celery and spices to a buttery pan on medium heat. When the veggies are soft, add the mixture to a large bowl of cornbread crumbles and mix in some chicken broth. Then bake in a greased pan with more butter to crispy perfection. Pro tip: a little bit of apple cider can add in a bit of sweetness to the stuffing that everyone at your dinner table will go crazy over!
Green Beans with Onions and Tasso Chunks
Forget about making a green bean casserole this year. We didn’t say forget about the onions, though! Our favorite Cajun plate lunch side is a classic trio: tasso chunks, onions and green beans. The chunks of tasso from The Best Stop can add some incredible flavor into the green beans, especially if you brown them before adding the onions and beans to simmer. Pro tip: Sliced tasso makes a great addition to any cheese platter.
You will find that everyone will be asking for an extra serving of beans this year, so be sure to make enough to please the crowd! Our tasso is available at The Best Stop Supermarket and in the online store so you can get as many pounds of this Cajun delicacy as you need, no matter where you are in the US.
Garlic Mashed Potatoes with Spicy Cajun Gravy
Mashed potatoes can get boring if you’re not careful. A dash of fresh garlic, a healthy plop of butter and some of The Best Stop Seasoning into whipped mashed potatoes will be delicious. If you want to top it with some rich Cajun zing, The Best Stop has a jar of Savoie Dark Roux that will be positively intoxicating to create a spicy Cajun gravy. You may find that your guests will be asking for seconds of mashed potatoes or an extra slice of cornbread just so that they can soak up more of that delicious gravy.
Every holiday recipe is going to be a little tastier when you put a Cajun spin on it. You can stop into The Best Stop Supermarket if you’re local to get your ingredients. Otherwise, our online store can help all of you ex-pats, too, by sending it to wherever you are in the United States. We’ll make sure you have all the fresh sausage, delicious roux, and more to create a holiday dinner everyone will remember for years to come.