Seasonest Makes New Orleans Style Gumbo

We’re so glad it’s Friday and we’re feeling kind of festive! For this #FlashBackFriday we wanted to share one of our favorite (and most viewed) recipes: New Orleans Style Gumbo. Full of tasty seafood, sausage and chicken, this recipe continues to steal hearts and stomach alike. Watch our super easy video tutorial to see how it’s done!

Have a great weekend!

The Seasonest Family

Your Recipe Guide to March Madness

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March Madness has officially began, and we’ve got a great lineup of delicious recipes you can use to impress your fellow basketball enthusiasts! These classic recipes are sure to be a hit whether you’re enjoying them solo or with a group of friends. Tell us in the comment who you’re rooting for and if you enjoyed the recipes!

Hot and Spicy Buffalo Wings

Hot Wings

 

Buffalo wings have become more than just snack food for a ball game. Make it as hot as you like and enjoy anytime. Usually eaten with celery sticks and blue cheese or ranch dressing, but can be served with any sides you desire.

Ingredients

3lbs Chicken Wings, buffalo cut
Seasonest – Spicy Blend
1/3 cup Hot Sauce
3 TBSP Butter
Cooking Spray

Directions

Preheat oven to 400˚. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. Sprinkle Seasonest – Spicy Blend on chicken. Arrange chicken on baking sheet and place in oven for 45 minutes until brown and crispy. Turn the wings halfway through cooking to brown both sides.

Melt butter in a sauce pan over low heat with hot sauce and 1 tsp of Seasonest – Spicy Blend. Pour into large mixing bowl. Add cooked chicken wings and shake until wings are covered with sauce.

Serve immediately with celery sticks with blue cheese or ranch dressing.

 

Crawfish Hush Puppies

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These tasty bites are sure to be eaten up quick. Simple to make, simple to enjoy!

1 cup yellow cornmeal

¾ cup self rising flour

1 tsp salt sweet onion, minced

7 oz cooked deveined and shelled crawfish

1 tbsp Seasonest Original

2 chives, minced

1 cup of milk

1 egg

Peanut or other oil for frying

Cut the crawfish into small pieces and season with a sprinkle of Seasonest Original. Mix all dry ingredients and wet ingredients together separately. Combine dry and wet mixtures (being careful not to over work). Stir in crawfish. Fry tablespoon sized dollops in canola oil in a cast iron skillet over medium high heat until golden brown. They don’t have to be perfect circles! Immediately sprinkle with Seasonest Original once removed from oil.

Serve with remoulade sauce as an appetizer or with dinner.

*Note that the crawfish can be replaced with almost anything: diced Andouille, crabmeat, whatever you like.

Party Dip

Party Dip

Only three ingredients needed for this delicious recipe. This dip can be served with fresh vegetables, crackers, breads or other dipping foods. Enjoy!

Ingredients

8 oz Cream Cheese

4 oz Low-fat Sour Cream
1.5 tbsp Seasonest Original Spice Blend

Directions

Place all ingredients in a bowl. Mix with a mixer or by hand until smooth. Transfer to serving bowl and garnish with parsley, cilantro or scallions.

Serve immediately with fresh vegetable sticks, crackers, bread or chips or refrigerate until served.

 

Happy Monday!

The Seasonest Family

New Recipe: Seasonest Crawfish Hush Puppies

Hello friends and happy Wednesday! Got the mid week blues? We can fix that! Here is a super tasty (and quick!) recipe for Crawfish Hush puppies that we think you’ll love. It’s got a touch of heat that is sure to spice up your week. We’ve included a video if you’d like to see how it’s done! 

Tutorial Video for Crawfish Hushpuppies

Ingredients

1 cup yellow cornmeal

3/4 cup self-rising flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 tbsp Seasonest original

1/2 small onion, grated

1/4 cup chives, chopped

1/2 pound cooked crawfish, cleaned and tails removed, chopped

1 1/4 cup buttermilk

1 egg, beaten

1 medium jalapeño, chopped

Peanut oil, for frying

Preheat oil in a deep-fryer to 350 degrees F.

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Drop heaping tablespoon-sized amounts of the mixture into the hot oil. Fry in batches for 2 to 3 minutes each. Remove from the oil to paper towels to drain and season immediately with Seasonest Original, or Spicy for an added kick. Transfer to a serving platter or bowl and serve with a dip of your choosing.

When we made these at home, the first question was, “Is there enough to make more?” I think that’s a good sign right there! Enjoy!

Soulful, Southern Fried Chicken

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Happy Friday!

Have you ever had a moment where you suddenly got caught up in the insatiable desire to have some good, old-fashioned, Southern home cooking? Yes, yes… we definitely understand! Well, we’re excited to bring you a fun and soulful, Southern recipe just in time for the weekend! Our Soulful, Southern Fried Chicken is sure to satisfy your taste buds.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup hot sauce (any brand)
  • Seasonest’s Soul Food Blend
  • 2 eggs
  • Oil of your preference (Healthiest is best!)
  • 1 1/4 pounds of chicken (We recommend chicken drumsticks.)
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1/8 cup pepper
  • 1/8 cup garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup flour

Utensils:

  • Deep fryer or pan (If using a pan, please use oven mitts.)
  • Tongs
  • One large bowl
  • One small bowl
  • Paper towels
  • Large/gallon-size storage/freezer bag
  • One large plate

Instructions:

  • If using a deep fryer, fill with a minimum of 10 cups of your choice of oil and preheat to 350 degrees. If using a pan, heat to medium/high and fill no more than half way with oil.
  • Take small bowl and combine salt, pepper, garlic powder, cayenne pepper and Seasonest Soul Food Blend together. Set aside.
  • Combine egg and hot sauce into large bowl. Mix well and set aside.
  • Fill gallon-size storage/freezer bag with flour. Set aside.
  • Take chicken pieces and wash with cold water. Pat dry with paper towels and roll into bowl of seasoning.
  • Place seasoned chicken pieces into the bowl of egg and hot sauce and place 1/4 of the pieces into the fryer for 10-15 minutes, until golden brown. Repeat with the remaining 3/4 of chicken.
  • Once chicken is cooked, place upon large plate covered with paper towels. Use another paper towel to pat chicken pieces dry and remove any excess oil left over from cooking.
  • Serve and enjoy!

*Please note: This recipe makes about 12 chicken pieces, or 3-4 servings!

We hope you thoroughly enjoy your very own, homemade fried chicken.

Have a wonderful weekend,

The Seasonest Family

You CAN Cook: A Simple, Romantic Meal

Hi Everyone,

Since it’s Valentine’s Day week, we felt that it was time to pull out a quick and tasty meal that you and your special someone can enjoy together. You may be so busy with kids that having a lot time to yourself just isn’t a real option. You may be coming back from a long trip, a weekend away or, just simply wish to keep this Valentine’s Day dinner simple (And as an added bonus, relatively inexpensive!).

Whichever category you may fall into, we hope that you enjoy this tasty meal and can share it with the ones you love!

Easy, Cheesy Casserole


Ingredients:

  • Boneless, skinless chicken breasts (or strips)
  • 1 head of organic broccoli
  • 2-3 full-size, organic carrots
  • 1 head of organic cauliflower
  • 3/4 cup long grain or wild rice
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 1/4 cups water
  • Sharp cheddar cheese (Or, mixed cheeses for added flavor!)
  • Seasonest Original Blend

    Utensils:

  • Baking/ casserole dish (the one pictured is around 12″x 9.75″x 5″)
  • Medium stove-top pot and lid
  • Wok or frying pan
  • Scoop/stirring spoon
  • Two oven mitts
  • Cutting knife
  • Two cutting boards (one for meat, one for vegetables)
  • Measuring cup
  • Cheese grater

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Set aside casserole dish (You may wish to apply olive oil to keep ingredients from sticking to the side of the dish.).
  • Measure out 3/4 cup rice and 2 1/4 cup water and place these in a medium stove-top pot. Add in 1 Tbsp. of olive oil so that the rice doesn’t stick to the pot.
  • Turn on a stove-top burner to Medium-High and place the rice-filled pot on top. Bring contents to a boil, then cover with a lid and turn burner down to Low or Med-Low for 20 minutes.
  • Remove chicken from packaging and wash thoroughly. Cut chicken into desired size (Bite-size preferable). Set aside.
  • Take out your vegetables and wash them thoroughly, then chop them up to bite-size pieces. Set aside.
  • Place wok or frying pan onto the stove and turn burner on to Medium heat. Once it is fully heated, toss in chicken and 1 Tbsp. olive oil and cook well (Chicken will turn white and need flipping to ensure thorough cooking.). Once well-cooked, toss in the vegetables and another 1 Tbsp. of olive oil. Also, sprinkle in Seasonest Original Blend in desired amount.
  • Once rice, chicken and vegetables are all done cooking, place rice into the bottom of the casserole dish, adding the vegetables and chicken on top. Add a layer of grated sharp cheddar to the top until fully covered and place the dish in the oven for 20 minutes, or until cheese is fully melted.
  • After the cheese has melted, remove cooked casserole from oven using BOTH oven mitts and let sit for 5 minutes to cool.
  • Enjoy!

Let us know if you get the opportunity to try this dish and how it goes!

Happy Motivation Monday,

The Seasonest Family

Gentlemen… Valentine’s Day is Coming

Valentine's Day Cooking Blog

Alright. We have to let you in on a secret. Gentlemen… us ladies love it when you cook for us. We love it when you take care of us that way!  It’s so important to us to know how much we mean to you. And, you know what… Valentine’s Day is only about three weeks away! It’s the perfect time to add a little spice to your relationship (But, really.).

We’re here to help all the men out there with their Valentine’s Day plans. If you’re all out of ideas, take some of ours!

Step 1: Plan to cook your lady dinner

She will love it. No, really… she will be so happy that you took time to make food for her and will be so thrilled to know how much you care to do it. All it takes is a little planning ahead, a good recipe and some amazing spices.

Step 2: Prep yourself

You’re going to need some recipes and some supplies. We’ve got you covered.

Here are a few of our favorite recipes that we have personally taste tested: Click Here

As for supplies, we can help make your cooking experience even easier. All you have to do is use our delicious seasonings to give your food amazing flavor. Here are our recommendations:

  1. Original– If you think your lady is a classic, this blend is perfect for her taste buds. Season and grill a beautiful steak dinner for two with it and enjoy.
  2. Spicy– Does your lovely lady appreciate a little flame? Perhaps she likes the taste of Tex-Mex. This blend is sure to do the trick!
  3. Soul Food– Mmm… seafood dishes would be perfect with our Soul Food blend. Lobster, crayfish, salmon…
  4. Lemon Pepper– A chicken dish isn’t complete without this zesty blend. Add a side of rice and vegetables to round out the meal!
  5. Italian– Can’t you just imagine a beautiful, candle-lit dinner with an amazing pasta dish? You’ve got the right seasoning.

For all of our amazing seasoning blends, check out this page: Click Here

When you’re through with your meal and your lady is looking at you like you’ve given her the world, we hope you’ll think of us just a little and let us know how your meal went. We’ll let you keep the credit.

Love,

The Ladies of Seasonest

Motivation Monday: You CAN Cook!

Happy Motivation Monday! It’s Courtney for this Monday segment and I’ve noticed that a lot of people claim that “they can’t cook”; that’s quite silly, really… of course they can! It’s all about the right ingredients and following directions. I’ve made something I really think you’ll like and that is easy to create; Alfredo topped with crispy bacon! Also, it can be made gluten-free by substituting regular pasta with a gluten free version.
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The Recipe: Alfredo with Crispy Bacon

Ingredients:

  • Alfredo sauce
  • Bacon
  • Broccoli (chopped)
  • Minced garlic
  • Olive oil
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Penne pasta
  • Seasonest Italian seasoning
  • Seasonest Original seasoning
  • Spinach
  • Tomatoes (diced)

Total Prep/Cook Time: 25 min

Steps:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees and place bacon on a baking sheet to bake for about 10 minutes, or until crispy.

In a pan on the stove, add a drizzle of olive oil and a teaspoon of minced garlic over medium heat and sauté for a few minutes.

Add in chopped broccoli, Alfredo sauce, pasta and spinach to the pan and sauté until the spinach is a little wilted.

Add in a dash of Seasonest Original and Italian seasonings into the pan and toss in diced tomatoes last.

Once the bacon is cool enough to handle, crunch it up into little pieces.

Scoop the pasta into a bowl and top with Parmesan cheese and bacon.

Enjoy!

Courtney

 

How to Make Collard Greens

Can you smell the turkey in the oven? The casseroles… ? How about the delicious, buttery rolls and pumpkin pie?

It’s almost Thanksgiving and we are so looking forward to our favorite family holiday! We love how food can bring family around the table and are so thankful for all God has provided.

In preparation for tomorrow, we’ve got one more dish to share with you that we absolutely love; collard greens. If you’ve never made them, don’t you worry! We’ve got an easy video tutorial just for you: (Click Me!)

Collard Greens Recipe:

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Ingredients

  • Two smoked turkey wings
  • Soul Food Spicy seasoning
  • Two TBSP of oil of your choice
  • Collard greens

In a large pot (with a lid):

  • Place in two smoked turkey wings
  • Pour in water (let simmer)
  • Add Soul Food Spicy seasoning (season to taste)
  • Add 2 TBSP of oil
  • Bring to a boil and add rinsed and washed collard greens; shred turkey
  • Add more Soul Food Spicy seasoning
  • Mix well and cover – turn heat to low (for chewy collards, cook for 45 minutes; for silky collards, cook for 2 hours)

*Tip: Save the leftover liquids for bread dipping!

Keep cooking,

The Seasonest Family

Let The Games Begin: 6 Steps To Catching Lemon Fire

Seasonest Lemon Fire
Seasonest Lemon Fire Spice Blend

Some people are born with it.  Others have worked their way towards it.  It may be a craving you have, but has been unattainable for so long.  What am I talking about?  Spicy food tolerance!

Is there a dish you’ve always wanted to try that’s spicy, but requires two gallons of milk to cool your mouth down?  I LOVE spicy foods and am always adding a bit more pepper or cayenne to my dishes, but not everyone can do that.  With a little practice, you can build up your spice tolerance.   Here are 6 steps to increase your spicy food toughness by using Seasonest Spice Blends and have you chowing down on that peppery dish in no time.

Step 1:  Start Off Small

Don’t let this mild-mannered category befuddle you.  Our Mild (Cajun) and Italian blends are mellow enough for children, yet packed with great flavor for adults to enjoy.  The goal at step one is to delight in the savory balance of herbs and spices before things start heating up.

Step 2:  Moving Right Along

Now it’s time to add in a little heat and see how it feels.  There are four blends recommended at this level that will up the ante a little:  Original (Cajun), Original (Cajun) Salt-Free, Soul Food Mild and Jerk Mild.  The latter two blends are in this category because they are the milder version of spicier blends.  All of these seasoning blends are flavorful with a little kick and if the heat is too much, camp out at this level until you feel comfortable with moving up to the next step.

Step 3: Level Up

Lemon Pepper, Adobo and Soul Food are all hot and savory.  These flavors are sure to have you reaching for your water glass, but digging back into your meal with excitement.  You’re doing great, keep it up!

Step 4: Getting Spicy

You’re probably feeling good about conquering blends that have some heat to them, but it’s time to really add in the spice.  Spicy (Cajun) seasoning has a delayed heat that allows you a moment to enjoy the flavor before feeling the pepper sensation.  Sweating a little?  Keep milk or water on hand to calm the heat.

Step 5: Who Turned Up The Heat?!

Can you feel the heat now?  Soul Food Spicy and Jerk spice blends are guaranteed to make you feel the fire power.  Both are serious steps up in the spice game, so take your time until you feel confident before moving forward.

Step 6: Sweatless Victory

You have arrived: Lemon Fire.  This is where the spice All-Stars are.  Lemon Fire is the hottest of the hot, and will leave you wanting more.  It’s the perfect spice combination of heat and flavor, so when you can enjoy this blend, you know you have made it.  Sit back with your zesty, flavorful meal, and know you have upped your spice tolerance to the fiery big league.

Now that you’ve made your goal, your spice tolerance should be excellent.  While savoring the tasty flavors of your meals, you can rest easy knowing there are some excellent health benefits to spicy foods.  Eating spicy foods can help with circulation, boost metabolism, clear sinuses and release endorphins.  Now you can enjoy that spicy dish of your dreams without breaking a sweat.  Bring out the cayenne and chili peppers, you deserve it!

*Disclaimer: While embarking on this challenge, watch your body and see how it handles the extra heat. If you don’t feel well after eating spicy foods, you should stick with less spicy foods.  It’s always good to be smart with what you eat.

Rubs, Marinades and Seasoning Spice Blends: What’s the difference?

Seasonest Soul Food and Lemon Pepper blends
Seasonest Soul Food and Lemon Pepper blends

With all of our spice blends, a commonly asked question is, “Can it be used as a rub?”  While it’s easy to just say yes or no, I think it might be better to outline the differences and uses.

 

Rubs

There are two types of rubs: dry rubs and wet rubs.  Dry rubs are a blend of herbs and spices that are generously rubbed into meats before cooking.  It can be a single spice, such as pepper, or a blend of many herbs and spices to get the desired flavor.  They also typically include salt and/or sugar.  Wet rubs are the spices made with oil or butter, so that the rub sticks better to the meat.  Using oil in wet rubs is a great way to make sure the meat stays moist, as the oil becomes a natural barrier to prevent liquids coming out, creating a nice, juicy cut.

 

Marinades

Marinades have herbs and spices, as well as an acid component like vinegar which helps the meat become tender.  The meat is soaked prior to cooking for an hour or more.  Using a marinade can result in a delicious boost of flavor to your meat.

 

Spice Blends and Seasonings

Seasonest falls under this category.   Basically, different herbs and spices are combined together to achieve the taste you want, such as spicy, sweet, smoky, etc.  These are sprinkled over meats or vegetables and then cooked immediately.  They can also be used in the end as a finishing flavor.

Whether you need a wet rub, dry rub, marinade or seasoning, Seasonest spice blends can be used to accomplish all of these.  Stay tuned for future posts with recipes showing how to use our products as a rub or marinade.