Creole – The perfect amount of flavor and spice

Sometimes the word Creole can throw people off when it comes to cooking, especially if they have not been to the southern states (specifically Louisiana). But this delicious flavor profile has created quite a name for itself, even if you have never traveled to the state, you might have been able to enjoys its traditional favorites throughout the cooking prepared by chefs around the world, and now your very own kitchen.

We want to give you a quick Creole 101 from what we have learned, loved about Creole cooking and its history.

Where did Creole seasoning originate?

Creole cuisine refers to food that comes mainly from the New Orleans region of Louisiana. It is common to hear Creole and Cajun used interchangeability (which horrifies some natives). Forgiveness and grace to those who do use them alike, due to the fact that are similar and from a close region together. Some differences however are, while Cajun seasoning is generally seen as rustic and spicy, Creole cuisine is considered more refined and milder in spicy flavor. It is also associated with New Orleans, while Cajun cuisine is associated with the more rural areas. And while their spice flavor profile are similar most note the difference of white pepper being used in Creole and black pepper being used in Cajun.

What are some ways to cook with Creole?

This is our favorite question. Here are some easy peasy and delicious ways to use our Heritage Home Family Farm Creole Mix.

Marinate chicken breasts or boneless thighs in buttermilk for 4-12 hours

Make breading: (2cups flour, 3/4 cup cornmeal, 3 Tablespoons creole mix.)

Heat 3/4 inch of oil in a pan to 280-300 degrees.

Coat buttermilk soaked chicken with breading thoroughly and transfer directly into pan.

Brown and turn until internal temp is 165.

Our Creole Mix is amazing in anything you are frying. From Chicken, Fish, Fries, Tots, Onion Rings, anything battered you are going to want to add some Creole Mix to give it the right touch of spice and depth of flavor.

Hamburger Patties NEED a little bit of our Creole Mix added.

On our Instagram we had a Reel go viral, it was all about how we add our signature Creole Mix to our hamburgers. We can’t even begin to tell you all the comments that people left us explaining how excited they were to transform their regular old hamburger patties into something memorable and exciting to offer their family and guest.

I would advise speaking from experience to add the amount that fits your families taste buds. Once we added a bit too much (we got excited) and it was a spicy burger for sure haha!

ham burger with vegetables
Goes great with all the fixings. Especially some Creole Fries, YUM!

Creole Corn on the Cob

Darren (my husband) LOVES creole on his cob, he will literally just sprinkle it right on top. The kids and I like to mix our Creole Mix with some mayo, cotija cheese, and lime (add the juice and zest), and slather our corn in the mixture. Get out of town those cobs are to die for!

elote on a wooden plate
Delicious! Cut the corn off the cob, use the same mixture and enjoy as a side dish as well.

Creole Shrimp and Grits

The Shrimp is the easiest part – simply coat your shrimp with our Creole Mix (to your liking, more for spicier) and sauté them in a pan until they are pink and fully cooked. In another pot bring water to a boil. Add salt and pepper. Add grits and cook until water is absorbed, about 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in butter and cheese. Serve immediately, by putting shrimp on grits and squeezing lime juice on it. For an additional touch add chopped parsley, scallions, and bacon (YUM) as a topping on top of shrimp and grits.

Anyone starting to get hungry reading about all these food options?! I know I am! Make sure to subscribe and follow us on at @heritagehomefamilyfarm on Instagram where we are constantly sharing how we use all of our mixes. Thank you as always for supporting our family as we are passionate about creating homemade with ease and bringing everyone around the table. From our table to yours we hope our family favorites become yours.

Love, The Rices

2 responses to “Creole – The perfect amount of flavor and spice”

  1. I am LOVING these posts and all the recipes! My favorite is how easy everything is that you make! My kind of girl!!

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