Cajun/Creole thanksgiving dishes
Mains, Sides, Desserts.
Wanting some ideas/recipes to create an experience of the south in my own kitchen.
John Besh's My New Orleans Cookbook has a whole suggested menu. Last year, I used his turkey recipe and made his crawfish cornbread stuffing and cane syrup creamed sweet potatoes. The turkey was the best turkey I've ever had although I don't remember it being that obviously cajun/creole in flavor. The crawfish cornbread was even better and the sweet potatoes which used bacon fat and pecans was pretty special too. There were some other recipes which we didn't try that looked good too.
I saw a Justin Wilson episode where he cooked a turkey in a "cajun microwave" -- a turkey roasting bag. It looked delicious.
Mines would be more Cajun than Creole. Turkey rubbed with butter and seasoned with Tony Chachere seasoning, greens, dirty rice (made with gibblets), and corn on the cob. It was simple and will probably do it again. Did do a bourbon pecan pie for dessert.
But I like the idea of crawfish dressing so that may be added to the list.