Cafe Louisiane – Sweet Cajun Blackening Sauce

by Hot Juan on July 26, 2011 · 0 comments

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Cafe Louisiane - Sweet Cajun Blackening Sauce

Cafe Louisiane - Sweet Cajun Blackening Sauce

Cayenne seems to be the chilli of choice for Cajun cooking, with it’s slight dry flavour and punch of heat.  But the Cayenne is one of just a handful the chilli varieties that seems to have spread around the world becoming synonymousness with many different regional styles of cooking while retaining it identity.

This bottle has one of those plastic drippers that annoys me so much, but after ripping that from the bottle, I can actually smell  the heady concoction of Allspice, Cinnamon, Cloves and the slight dry smell from the Cayenne peppers.

This sauce has that almost Christmas scent, as that is when we seem to use these spices in our cooking, but as a Cajun ingredients they are an all year around flavour. This sauce is thin almost water like consistency with a uniform red/brown colour, the taste is not watery the first thing that hits my taste buds is the Allspice then a slight bit of sweet vinegar, then the unique Cayenne flavour backed up by the Salt, Cloves and finally just a touch of Cinnamon.

Ingredients: Aged Cayenne Pepper, Vinegar, Salt, Sugar, Allspice, Cinnamon, Cloves, Xanthan Gum.

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This is not a HOT hot sauce, even the cayenne’s bite has been tempered, but the overall flavour is almost magical, I can feel the urge to cook some chicken tonight, how about mixng some of this bottle with some yoghurt and trying a kind of fusion Cajun/Tandoori, marinading the chicken in the mix for a few hours and then grilled on the BBQ until cooked with a nice crisp almost burned coating..

Always a little worried when I see the term ‘Aged Peppers’ in the ingredients list, when I age a pepper it is generally as I have forgotten them and find then in the bottom of the fridge, doing what only well aged veg can do.. In this case I think they mean the peppers have been ground in to a mash and stored with some salt for a year for two to let the flavour develop.

At £3.99 a bottle you are getting a very unusual sauce, not something I would expect a UK producer to make, it does not fit our normal traditions, but as a nation we have yet to discover the world of Cajun cooking, but it will be coming to a TV screen soon I am sure. I wonder which TV chef will be the first to discover this, before they do, buy a bottle of this and be ahead of the crowd.


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