7 recipes from the deep South that are full of Cajun flavor

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If there's one thing Cajun cooking is known for, is that it's bursting with flavor! I should know. I'm a Cajun girl from South Louisiana and was born sampling the rich, ethnic food that is everything Cajun!
Here are 7 recipes from the Deep South full of Cajun flavor. And, trust me. You're in for a real treat!
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1. New Orlean shrimp and sausage gumbo (h/t Little Spice Jar)
Here’s a New Orleans gumbo with shrimp and sausage, Texas style! There are so many flavor combinations kicking in this gumbo, you’ll savor every bite! This one’s worth all the effort and may even make enough to take you all the way into the workweek.
2. Rice and gravy (h/t Ms. enPlace)
No one ever said Cajun cooking was quick and easy. But, as the saying goes, “The best things in life are worth waiting for.” This rice and gravy dish proves it.
In Cajunland where I live, rice and gravy is real, stick to your ribs comfort food. If you’ve never had a true rustic Cajun gravy, you must! I thought I’d help you out. Here ya go!
3. Cajun chicken mac and cheese
Cajun seasoning is versatile, going with just about anything. From Cajun-flavored chowder to macaroni and cheese, this seasoning blend will work perfectly with almost any dish. All you need to do to spice up favorite dishes is to throw in a few teaspoons. Get the full recipe here.
4. Crispy Cajun shrimp fettuccine (h/t Jo Cooks)
Crispy fried Cajun shrimp. Check. Fettuccine. Check. Parmesan cream sauce. Check. This fantastic trio will make those taste buds sizzle. The fact that it takes 20 minutes to have this on your dinner table is the cream of the crop.
5. The ultimate Cajun burger
What comes to mind when you think about Cajun cuisine? I think of spicy blackened fish, red beans and rice filled with andouille sausage, and the deep and complex flavor of a good gumbo. I don't necessarily think of burgers ... but I want to! So we created the recipe below, which captures everything we love about Cajun cuisine in an easy-to-eat package. Get the full recipe here.
6. Sausage and creamy Cajun orzo skillet (h/t Gal on a Mission)
Orzo and Cajun seasonings spice things up in this yummy one skillet meal. You don’t even need Cajun sausage for this one – the spices do the trick!
7. Cajun bourbon chicken (h/t Creole Contessa)
Think of this as the Cajun version of buffalo bites, with a little bourbon hidden within. Enough said!
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