One of America’s Favorites – Smothered Food

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A plate lunch of smothered steak and gravy served over boiled white rice from Garys Grocery in Lafayette, Louisiana

Smothering meat, seafood or vegetables is a cooking technique used in both Cajun and Creole cuisines of Louisiana. The technique involves cooking in a covered pan over low heat with a moderate amount of liquid, and can be regarded as a form of stove-top braising. The meat dishes cooked in this fashion are typically served over boiled or steamed white rice as a rice and gravy, while the vegetables are typically served as side dishes.

A large variety of meats are “smothered” in South Louisiana cuisine, including both domestic animals and wild game. Domestic animals cooked in this fashion include chicken, domestic duck, pork, beef (including such organs as the liver), and domestic rabbit. Wild game commonly cooked in this fashion include squirrel, rabbit, nutria rat, feral pig, woodcock, wild duck, and venison. Originally a dish made from cheap cuts of meat favored by farmers and laborers, popular versions of the dish such as “smothered steak” and “smothered pork roast” are served throughout Acadiana at local “plate lunch houses”. Raised on Rice and Gravy, a 2009 documentary film by Conni Castille and Allison Bohl, chronicles the prevalence of the dish at local plate lunch houses and its enduring popularity in local cuisine.

 

“Smothering” the meat and vegetables

In French, the word “étouffée” means “smothered”. Étouffée can be made using different shellfish, the most popular version of the dish being Crawfish Étouffée, although shrimp is also used. Originally étouffée was a popular dish in the Acadiana area surrounding Lafayette. In the late twentieth century a waiter at the popular Bourbon Street restaurant, Galatoire’s brought the dish in to his employer to try, the dish was added to their menu. Other restaurants in the city of New Orleans soon followed, with the dish gaining in popularity with locals and tourists alike. Many Cajun restaurant owners claim that étouffée is the most popular dish on their menus.

Varieties of vegetables cooked by smothering include cabbage, okra, potatoes and corn. The vegetables are kept from burning by the addition of animal fats or oils, or the addition of meat products such as salt pork or andouille.

 

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Meanwhile Back at the SayersBrook Bison Ranch……..Rabbit Whole Uncooked 2.9 lbs

May 6, 2017 at 5:22 AM | Posted in SayersBrook Ranch | Leave a comment
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This week from the SayersBrook Bison Ranch (http://www.sayersbrook.com/) its – Rabbit Whole Uncooked 2.9 lbs. I haven’t had Rabbit in quite some time but now I can purchase here at the SayersBrook website (http://www.sayersbrook.com/). If you’ve never had Rabbit you have to give it a try, it’s one tender and fine meat! But Rabbit is just one of many meat choices you have on the SayersBrook site. You can choose from Bison, Elk, Wild Boar, Pheasent, Duck, and more! It’s time you find out about all these incredible meats! Well, now here’s more on the Rabbit and there’s also a recipe for Roasted Rabbit on the site. Enjoy and Eat Healthy!

 

 

 

Rabbit Whole Uncooked 2.9 lbs

Rabbit 1 piece per package (2.9 lbs) Sold without head.

Rabbit is easy to cook. It’s great grilled, roasted or in a saute and whichever way you cook it; on the stove, in the oven or on the barbecue.

Prepared in a casserole they’re oh so tender. It’s great over pasta and perfect cooked as a stew

Rabbit has a fine texture and sweet flavor. It’s both versatile and easy to prepare – Cook rabbit as you would cook chicken.

It is lower in calories and cholesterol, but higher in protein than all the popular choices like chicken, veal, turkey, lamb, beef and pork.
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One of America’s Favorites – Cacciatore

May 1, 2017 at 5:14 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | Leave a comment
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Chicken cacciatore

 

 

Cacciatore (pronounced [kattʃaˈtoːre]) means “hunter” in Italian. In cuisine, alla cacciatora refers to a meal prepared “hunter-style” with onions, herbs, usually tomatoes, often bell peppers, and sometimes wine.

Cacciatore is popularly made with braised chicken (pollo alla cacciatora) or rabbit (coniglio alla cacciatora). The salamino cacciatore is a small salami that is seasoned with only garlic and pepper.

 

 

 
A basic cacciatore recipe usually begins with a couple of tablespoons of olive oil heated in a large frying pan. Chicken

Rabbit cacciatore

parts, dusted with salt and pepper, are seared in the oil for three to four minutes on each side. The chicken is removed from the pan, and most of the fat poured off. The remaining fat is used to fry the onions, peppers or other vegetables for several minutes. A small can of peeled tomatoes (drained of liquid and chopped coarsely) is typically added to the pan along with rosemary and a half cup of dry red wine. Bay leaf may be used, along with chopped carrot to give extra sweetness. The seared chicken parts are returned to the pan which is then covered. The dish is done after about an hour at a very low simmer. Cacciatore is often served with a rustic bread or pasta on the side.

 
Chicken cacciatore typically, but not always, includes base ingredients of onion, garlic, and tomato.

 

 

U.S.-style chicken cacciatore

There are many different variations of this entree based upon ingredients available in specific regions. For example, in southern Italy, cacciatore often includes red wine, while northern Italian chefs might use white wine. Some versions of the dish may use mushrooms.
In the United States, cacciatore dishes may be prepared with marinara sauce, though in Italy the dish does not always include tomatoes.

 

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