Cajun Thousand Island Dressing

cajun thousand island dressing with bacon bits poured over lettuce and tomatoes

It doesn’t get any better than homemade salad dressing and it doesn’t get any easier than this. Take a new look at the classic Thousand Island dressing…everybody loves it and they will love it even more when you give it a Cajun twist. Of course its great on all sorts of salads, but its also fantastic on sandwiches and burgers or just as a dipping sauce.

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Cajun Thousand Island Dressing
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Wake up your salad with the Cajun cousin of this classic dressing. This creamy dressing has a slight kick and is so good you'll want to use it as a dipping sauce and on sandwiches and burgers. Its just that good.
Servings Prep Time
16 Servings 15 Minutes
Calories per Serving
60
Servings Prep Time
16 Servings 15 Minutes
Calories per Serving
60
cajun thousand island dressing in a bowl
Cajun Thousand Island Dressing
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Wake up your salad with the Cajun cousin of this classic dressing. This creamy dressing has a slight kick and is so good you'll want to use it as a dipping sauce and on sandwiches and burgers. Its just that good.
Servings Prep Time
16 Servings 15 Minutes
Calories per Serving
60
Servings Prep Time
16 Servings 15 Minutes
Calories per Serving
60
This is What You Need
This is What You Do
  1. MIx all ingredients together in a small bowl. Cover and set in the refrigerator for one hour up to overnight.
Recipe Notes

This can get kind of spicy. First, the Creole seasoning may contain cayenne pepper and raw garlic will have its own kind of heat, so give it a taste before you add the white pepper, the cayenne pepper or the garlic to make sure it's to your liking. Of course, if you like it spicy, go for it!

This recipe yields about 1 cup of dressing and is easy to increase.  I am using 1 tablespoon per serving.

You can serve this right away but its better to let the flavors all come together-at least an hour, four hours is better and overnight is best!

Nutrition Facts
Cajun Thousand Island Dressing
Amount Per Serving
Calories 60 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.005g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.004g
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Sodium 94mg 4%
Potassium 2mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0.1g 0%
Sugars 1g
Protein 0.03g 0%
Vitamin A 1%
Vitamin C 1%
Calcium 0.1%
Iron 0.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Cranberry Relish Recipe

Cranberry Relish in glass bowl with nutcracker

Cranberry Relish is that missing ingredient that brings the Holiday Turkey or Ham to life. Add a little to your fork when eating the turkey, it has that WOW factor. Leftovers-spoon a little on your turkey sandwich, you’ll never have it another way.

Cranberry Relish in a glass bowl
Sweet Daddy D's Cranberry Relish
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Cranberry Relish...tart and sweet at the same time. Add a little crunch with Louisiana Pecans and you have a traditional Holiday treat.
Servings Prep Time
64 Servings 15 Minutes
Cook Time Calories per Serving
20 Minutes 26
Servings Prep Time
64 Servings 15 Minutes
Cook Time Calories per Serving
20 Minutes 26
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Sweet Daddy D's Cranberry Relish
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Cranberry Relish...tart and sweet at the same time. Add a little crunch with Louisiana Pecans and you have a traditional Holiday treat.
Servings Prep Time
64 Servings 15 Minutes
Cook Time Calories per Serving
20 Minutes 26
Servings Prep Time
64 Servings 15 Minutes
Cook Time Calories per Serving
20 Minutes 26
This is What You Need
This is What You Do
  1. Rinse the cranberries and remove any that don’t look good.
  2. Peel one orange and remove the seeds and as much of the membranes as possible.
  3. Juice one orange and add enough cold water to make 1 cup
  4. Zest the orange and the lemon
  5. Peel, core and chop the apple into small pieces, ¼ to ½ inch.
  6. Add the cranberries, sugar and orange juice/water to a sauce pan and place over medium high heat.
  7. Bring to a boil and add the orange and lemon zest, orange pulp, apples and a pinch of salt.
  8. Adjust heat to maintain a heavy simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring often.
  9. Remove from the heat and allow to coo for about 30 minutes.
  10. Add the pecans and mix well.
  11. Place in the refrigerator and chill.
Recipe Notes

This recipe yields approximately 4 cups (64 tablespoons) of cranberry relish.

Resist the temptation to cook this more than 15 minutes. It will set up once it is allowed to cool.

Try Louisiana Pecans, they are delicious.  Walnuts are also a good substitute, or leave the nuts out all together.

You want the apples a little chunky so they add a nice dimension to the texture.

Nutrition Facts
Sweet Daddy D's Cranberry Relish
Amount Per Serving
Calories 26 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Saturated Fat 0.1g 1%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.2g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.4g
Sodium 4mg 0%
Potassium 21mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 4g
Protein 0.2g 0%
Vitamin A 0.3%
Vitamin C 9%
Calcium 0.4%
Iron 0.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Cajun Shrimp and Cheesy Grits

Shrimp and Grits in a green bowl
Shrimp and Grits in a green bowl with parsley
Cajun Shrimp and Cheesy Grits
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Fresh shrimp, sauteed in a buttery, savory sauce of onions, peppers and garlic, with a touch of tomato paste and creole spices, ladled over creamy, cheesy grits. Heart warming goodness from the South!
Servings Prep Time
6 Servings 20 Minutes
Cook Time Calories per Serving
20 Minutes 496
Servings Prep Time
6 Servings 20 Minutes
Cook Time Calories per Serving
20 Minutes 496
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Fresh shrimp, sauteed in a buttery, savory sauce of onions, peppers and garlic, with a touch of tomato paste and creole spices, ladled over creamy, cheesy grits. Heart warming goodness from the South!
Servings Prep Time
6 Servings 20 Minutes
Cook Time Calories per Serving
20 Minutes 496
Servings Prep Time
6 Servings 20 Minutes
Cook Time Calories per Serving
20 Minutes 496
This is What You Need
Herb and Spice Blend
For the Cheese Grits
This is What You Do
  1. Peel, de-vein and the rinse shrimp; pat dry; sprinkle on 2 tablespoons creole seasoning and set aside. Slice the onions and green peppers and chop the garlic. Measure out all other ingredients. Prepare the grits.
Prepare the Grits
  1. Bring 2 cups of water to a heavy boil. Grate cheese and set aside.
  2. Add kosher salt and gradually whisk or stir grits into boiling water, stir or whisk until grits are dispersed and not lumpy.
  3. Lower the heat to a simmer, cover pot and simmer for about 15 minutes. Get started on the shrimp while these cook.
  4. Remove the lid, stir well and taste. If al dente, add the butter and Gruyere cheese. Stir vigorously to combine all ingredients until smooth and creamy. If the grits are a little hard still, leave a low fir on for another 5 minutes.
  5. Replace the cover, remove from heat and let sit until the shrimp are ready.
Prepare the Shrimp
  1. Place a large saute pan or cast iron skillet over medium high heat. Melt 4 tablespoons of butter until bubbly.
  2. Add sliced onions and peppers-sautée until soft, about 5–6 minutes
  3. Add garlic, green onions and about ¾ of the Herb and Spice Blend, mix well and continue to sauté until aromatic-about 2 minute.
  4. Increase heat to high and add the shrimp; sauté for about 2 minutes, turning over midway through.
  5. Add the tomato paste and mix it in very well while continuing to saute another 2 minutes (approximately).
  6. If needed, deglaze the pan with a little of the stock before moving on to the next step.
  7. Mix in about ½ to ¾ cup of the seafood stock (reserve the remainder), the lemon juice and the Worcestershire. When that's mixed in, add 2 tablespoons of butter. Shake the pan back and forth and continue to simmer as the butter melts and the sauce thickens slightly. Don’t over cook the shrimp, no more than about 5 minutes.
  8. Taste a few times to check if it needs more spices, remember the shrimp will soak up some spice so its OK to be a little over spiced at this stage. Add more of the reserved Herb and Spice Blend or stock, if needed.
  9. Stir the cheese grits vigorously then place a healthy spoonful in a shallow bowl or plate, spoon the shrimp over the cheese grits and serve immediately.
Recipe Notes

If you are buying head-on shrimp, you'll need to buy about 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 pounds to end up with 1 pound after the shells are removed.

If you can't find seafood stock, just substitute chicken stock and it will be just fine.

Substitute Quick Grits if you want them done a little quicker! Just follow the directions on the package.

Gruyere cheese is creamy when melted and a slightly sharp. Try some sharp or mild cheddar cheese if you prefer, or no cheese at all.

I always think its best if you grate your own cheese, but if you are crunched for time, or just prefer, use some pre-grated cheese.

Many commercial creole seasonings and stocks contain salt, some have quite a bit. This recipe was developed a stock that contains salt and a creole seasoning that does not contain salt. Whatever you use, make sure you taste while cooking before adding salt so you get it the way you like it.

Nutrition Facts
Cajun Shrimp and Cheesy Grits
Amount Per Serving
Calories 496 Calories from Fat 261
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 29g 45%
Saturated Fat 17g 85%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 8g
Cholesterol 198mg 66%
Sodium 806mg 34%
Potassium 421mg 12%
Total Carbohydrates 28g 9%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 5g
Protein 30g 60%
Vitamin A 43%
Vitamin C 85%
Calcium 45%
Iron 22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.