Who loves Cajun food? Raise your hand! ( I raise both hands). I have been a big fan of Cajun food for a long time. There is a famous Cajun restaurant where I grew up in Santa Barbara CA, that is famous for its spicy pepper martinis, crawfish etouffe and bread pudding. So this is why I am thrilled about today’s Cajun guest post from my friend Christy of the amazingly gorgeous blog, My Invisible Crown.
Like most bloggers these days we “met” via social media, twitter to be exact, and became fast friends. She offers awesome advice for me for all kinds of things from blogging, food styling, makeup and beauty products. She really knows her stuff and I am always so appreciative of what she has to offer. I love her blog, she is very funny and her photos are gorgeous. She has had the opportunity to attend photo workshops (with food and prop styling) from Helene Juardin ( of the blog Tartlette) which I am envious of, and it shows in her work. Really stunning food photos. She is like me when it comes to wanting a perfect photo every time, and it shows in her work. For being a blog thats not even a year ” old” yet she has no bad beginning photos. They are all amazing and keep getting better. As you will see in the pics she has shared today with her Cajun Shrimp Boil Potato Salad. Thank you Christy for this guest post on my blog today. I just love it!
Hi there! I’m Christy from the blog My Invisible Crown where I write about food. (That sounds like a 12 step program…it probably should be!) When I started the site, almost a year ago, I intended to make it a lifestyle blog with posts about fashion and food and skin and hair care and make up and all the things girls like to talk about but it turned out to be 99% or more about food only. Food is my passion and my kitchen is my happy place. If I’m not asleep, I’m in the kitchen. I love the creative process in coming up with new and totally different recipes and I love sharing them with my readers! So when Shanna asked me to write a guest post I couldn’t have been more pleased.
I met Shanna on Twitter. Five years ago that would have sounded like we were both weird, right? Not anymore! We bonded over a giveaway and our desire to grow our blog and have become friends who talk (text) on at least a weekly basis. We talk props and backgrounds and camera gear and make up. She’s my go-to sounding board with blog issues and I’m honored to be able to share a little piece of my heart and home with you.
I’m a Southern girl from Alabama and my husband is the Cajun in the family so a lot of my food has a Cajun flair. We love seafood and spice. Well, there’s not much we don’t love really except for raw onions…blegh! I’m also a HUGE sugar addict. For more on me and My Invisible Crown follow me over to my About Me page.
I asked Shanna what she wanted me to make to share with you guys she just said “something Southern or Cajun”. She knows me pretty well and it didn’t take me long to decide. I’ve been making this Cajun Shrimp Boil Potato Salad forever. It’s so easy, low in fat but full of flavor! I also thought it would be perfect for the coming holiday. It keeps really well, too and can be served warm or cold. What could be better?
The process is pretty simple. You boil the sausage and potatoes in some fun spices. Add corn and shrimp and let them sit for bit while you whip up the “dressing”. I said it was healthy. The only thing probably not the BEST for you is the sausage. The dressing has creole mustard, horseradish, lemon juice, fresh flat leaf parsley, olive oil, garlic and paprika. I also remove the green onions that a lot of people use because, well there’s that whole hating-raw-onion thing that I have but if you like them then by all means! I add celery as well to give it a bit of crunch but that comes in near the end. Generally everything you’d throw into a shrimp boil pot is turned into a salad that’s perfect as a heavy side for a barbecue or a main dish salad when it’s hot outside. It’s hot right now, right? I KNOW!!! I can’t stand it.
Anyway, let’s get to the recipe! Please, if you have any questions, let me know in the comments or stop by My Invisible Crown and say hi sometime. It’s been really awesome meeting you! Thanks for sharing part of your day with me!
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- 1 package boil-in-bag shrimp and crab boil (3 oz)
- 2 tablespoons Zatarain’s Liquid Shrimp and Crab Boil seasoning
- ½ c fresh lemon juice
- ¼ c olive oil
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2½ to 3 lbs baby red potatoes, quartered
- 1 package smoked sausage, sliced into bite sized pieces (about a pound)
- 4 ears fresh corn, husks and silks removed
- 2½ lbs raw jumbo shrimp, fresh or frozen, peeled and deveined
- 1 cup celery, roughly chopped
- ⅓ cup chopped fresh flat leaf parsley
- 3 tablespoons creole mustard
- 1 teaspoon fresh minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon horseradish
- salt and pepper to taste
- In a large pot, bring 2½ quarts water to a boil.
- Add boil-in-bag crab boil and liquid crab boil along with salt, sausage and potatoes and bring back to a boil. Boil for 10 minutes.
- Add corna dn boil another 3-4 minutes.
- Add shrimp and turn off heat. Let sit for 5 minutes or until shrimp are pink.
- Whisk together lemon juice, olive oil, parsley, mustard, garlic, paprika and horseradish until combined.
- Drain your boil pot and separate the corn. Allow to cool and cut it from the cob. (I like to do this gently so that some of it stays intact for presentation.)
- Add corn back to shrimp and include celery at this point.
- Pour dressing over the shrimp and vegetables and gently mix to combine.
- Taste and add salt and pepper as needed.
- Serve warm or chilled, Enjoy!
Thank you again so much Christy! This looks amazing! I can’t wait to make it this summer.
You can find Christy on her different social media pages here. Please visit her blog to check out all the other amazing recipes she creates. She shares my love of salted caramel and has many recipes with it that look incredible!