Buddy’s Recipe Box

Buddy's Crawfish Etoufee


  • 1 Pound Packaged Crawfish Tails       
  • 2 tsp. Better Than Bouillon Lobster Base
  • 1/2 Stick Butter (1/4 Cup)                     
  • 1/2 Cup Chopped Green Onions
  • 1/4 Cup Canola Oil                             
  • 2 Tbsp. Chopped Parsley
  • 1/2 Cup All Purpose Flour                   
  • 1 Lemon Juiced
  • 2 Cups Chopped Onions                     
  • 1 Can Ro*tel Tomatoes
  • 1/2 Cup Chopped Bell Pepper          
  • 1 Can Cream Of Mushroom Soup       
  • 1 Cup Chopped Celery                   
  • Buddy's Cajun Spice to Taste
  • 1 Tbsp. Chopped Garlic
  • 1 Cup Water

Make a light butter Roux with the Flour, Butter, and Canola Oil.  Add the Onions, Bell Pepper, Celery, and Garlic and simmer until tender.  Add the Cream of Mushroom Soup, Ro*tel, Water, Lobster Base, Lemon Juice, and Buddy's Cajun Spice.  Simmer on Low for 30 minutes.  Add the Crawfish Tails, Parsley, and Green Onions and simmer for 15 minutes.  Adjust seasoning and serve Hot over rice.  Garnish with a little Chopped Parsley and Chopped Green Onions.  This recipe makes about 6 servings.

Buddy’s Crawfish And Crab Fetticcini


  • 1 lb. Crawfish
  • 1 lb. Crab Meat
  • 2 Chopped Onions
  • 2 Stalks Celery Chopped
  • 1 Chopped Bell Pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. Chopped Garlic
  • 1-1/2 Sticks Butter
  • 1-1/2 Tbsp. Flour
  • 1 Tbsp. Chopped Parsley
  • ½ Pint Half and Half
  • ½ lb. Velveeta Cheese
  • Buddy’s Cajun Spice to taste

Sauté all chopped vegetables in butter until tender. Add flour, parsley, and Buddy’s Cajun Spice to taste. Simmer the vegetables for 15 minutes and add half and half, cheese, and seafood. Simmer for another 30 minutes. Serve hot on #33 rotini pasta.

White Bean Chili


  • ​2-1/2 Pounds Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs
  • 1/4 Cup Olive Oil
  • 1 Package Buddy's Cajun Chili Mix
  • 3 15oz. Cans Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 Cup of Water or Low Sodium Chicken Broth
  • 3 Cans Navy Beans
  • 1/2 Cup Chopped Green Onions
  • Sliced Avocado, Cilantro, and Sour Cream For Garnish.

Trim and cut the Chicken Thighs into bite size pieces and brown well in Olive Oil.  Add Diced Tomatoes, Buddy's Cajun Chili Mix, and Broth.  Simmer 20 minutes.  Add Navy Beans and Chopped Green Onions then simmer 15 minutes.  Serve Hot and garnish with Avocado, Cilantro, and Sour Cream.

Buddy's Bayou Country Chuck Roast


  • 1 Boneless Chuck Roast
  • 2 Tbsp. Canola Oil
  • 1 Bell Pepper Quartered
  • 2 Stalks Celery cut in 2 inch pcs.
  • 1 Large Onion course chopped
  • Chopped Garlic
  • Buddy's Cajun Spice to taste
  • 1 can Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • 1 soup can of Beef Stock
  • 1 pkg. Sliced Fresh Mushrooms

Season roast well with Buddy's Cajun Spice. Heat 2 tbsp. Of Canola Oil in black iron pot until very hot. Quickly sear the roast on stove top until well browned on all sides. Add soup, stock, onions, celery, and bell pepper. Roast covered in a preheated 350 degree oven for 1 ½ hours. Add mushrooms and continue to roast an additional 30 minutes. You can stretch the gravy by adding a little additional stock. Serve hot with rice or mashed potatoes.

Granny’s Shrimp Stew


Make a dark roux and add the onions and celery.  Simmer 10 minutes.  Add the garlic, stock, Buddy's Cajun Spice, and pepper to taste. Add the shrimp and Buddy’s then simmer 15 min. Add the parsley and green onion. Thicken with the corn starch and water if needed. 

Buddy's Hot Crab Dip


  • ¼ cup Mayo
  • ¼ cup Sour Cream
  • 8oz Cream Cheese
  • 1 cup Grated Pepper Jack Cheese
  • ¼ cup Chopped Purple Onion
  • 1 tsp. Chopped Garlic
  • 1 tsp. La Hot Sauce
  • 2 Limes Juiced
  • 2 Diced Roma Tomatoes
  • 2 Chopped Green Onions White and Green Parts
  • 1 Tbsp. Chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tsp. Buddy's Cajun Spice
  • ½ tsp. White Pepper
  • 1# Crab Meat Picked Over
  • Blend everything together except the crab until well mixed. Add the crab and fold in. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.

Buddy’s Roasted Pork Picnic Shoulder


  • 1 Shank End Pork Picnic Shoulder Roast
  • Buddy's Cajun Spice to Taste
  • Chopped Garlic to stuff in roast
  • 1 can Chicken Stock
  • 2 Tbsp. Corn Starch

 Season roast well with Buddy's Cajun Spice. Make deep slits in the roast. Stuff with chopped garlic. Roast uncovered in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 1 ½ hours. Add chicken stock. Cover the roast. Continue to roast until very tender. Remove from the pot. Allow to rest tented with foil for about 10 minutes. Slice and sprinkle with additional Buddy's Cajun Spice. Thicken the gravy with corn starch mixed with a small amount of water. Remember.....the corn starch works when the gravy comes to a boil. Pour the gravy over the sliced roast and serve. 

Buddy's Bayou Country Spinach & Artichoke Dip


  • 4 Tbsp. Butter
  • 4 Tbsp. Olive oil
  • 1 Medium Onion Chopped
  • 1 tsp. Granulated Garlic
  • 6 Tbsp. Flour
  • 1 Tbsp. Buddy's Cajun Spice
  • 1 Tbsp. Lemon juice
  • ½ cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • ½ cup Grated Asiago Cheese
  • 1 cup Grated Monterey Jack Cheese
  • 1 cup Grated Manchego Cheese
  • ½ cup Sour Cream
  • ½ cup Mayo
  • 1 1/3 cup Water
  • 1 Tbsp. Chicken Base
  • 2 tsp. Louisiana Hot Sauce
  • 2 cans Artichoke Quarters Chopped
  • 1- 28oz bag Frozen Chopped Spinach thawed and squeezed dry

 Heat the butter and olive oil until hot. Saute onions until tender. Blend in flour and saute 1 minute. Add water, chicken base mixing well. Add Buddy's Cajun Spice, granulated garlic, hot sauce, and lemon juice. Blend in mayo, sour cream and mix well. Add the cheeses. Mix well. Add spinach, artichokes. Mix well. Simmer on low until well blended. Serve hot with chips. 

Buddy's Trout Lafourche


  • Fresh Speckled Trout filets or your favorite fish
  • 3 Tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 1 Lemon Juiced
  • Buddy's Cajun Spice

Season the fish well with Buddy's Cajun Spice. It should look like too much. Set aside. Heat the olive oil in a non stick skillet until very hot. Quickly sear fish on both sides until well brown and cooked through. Squeeze juice of 1 lemon over fish and turn over one more time. Remove to plate, sprinkle with additional Buddy's Cajun Spice. Serve hot.

* I use this same Method to do Thin Cut Ribeyes or T-Bones and Thin Cut pork Chops.  Better have everything ready to eat because this is real Quick and Easy!! 

Cajun Bronzed Shrimp


 Peel and devein the shrimp leaving the last segment of the tail attached. Season shrimp well with Buddy's Cajun Spice. Heat the olive oil and butter until very hot. Add the shrimp quickly searing until cooked. Do not overcook. Squeeze the juice of 1 lemon over the shrimp stirring to mix. Remove to the plate. Sprinkle with additional Buddy's Cajun Spice. Serve hot. 

 *As I mentioned above, this is Lagniappe!!  Try bronzing thin cut T-Bones, Ribeyes, Pork Chops or Fresh Fish fillets the same way. 

Buddy's Sweet Potato Dressing


 In a 6 to 8 Quart Pot, brown and drain the ground beef and sausage.  Add the Chopped Onions, Garlic, Chicken Base, Water, and Buddy's Cajun Spice.  Simmer covered until the veggies are tender.  About 10 minutes.  Add the Diced Sweet Potatoes and Green Onion.  Simmer until the Sweet Potatoes are almost tender.  Add the rice and mix well.  Transfer to a Casserole Dish and top with Panko.  Dust the top with a little more Buddy's Cajun Spice and Bake at 350 Degrees until the Bread Crumbs are Slightly Browned.  Serve Hot and Enjoy.  

* This Dish Won First Place in a local Recipe Contest!!  

Hints and Tips For Cooking My Awesome Cajun Chili

  • It's the hardest thing for me to follow my own recipe!  I'm always trying different things.  Here are just a few things I've tried with awesome results.
  • Try Adding 1 Tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar.
  • You like it Spicy?  Try adding one or two Chipotles in Adobo Sauce.  That should light yo fiya!!
  • ​If you find my recipe too spicy, try using a little more meat.  Still too spicy?  Add one extra can of Tomato Sauce.  Still too spicy?  Better have pudding for supper.......
  • Try using Bloody Mary Mix instead of Tomato Sauce....I like Zing Zang or Major Peter's.
  • Speaking of Bloody Marys....coat the rim of your Bloody Mary glass with Lemon Juice and dip it in Buddy's Cajun Spice until Thick for the Authentic "Buddy Mary".
  • Instead of adding the 1/2 cup water as indicated on the package, try using instead 1/2 cup Abita Amber....Drink the rest.
  • Use Beef or Chicken Broth instead of water.
  • Use 1/2 cup Red Wine.
  • Use 1/2 cup Black Coffee.
  • You might try grating in a little Dark Chocolate.
  • I sometimes add 6 or 8 toes of Garlic just Peeled and Crushed.  Everyone gets one!!
  • Try some of the Chili Mix as a seasoning to spice up some Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs.  Drizzle with Olive Oil and bake em covered until they are really tender.  Shred the meat and roll it up in some Large Flour Tortillas to make Chicken Enchiladas.  Place them in a casserole dish, cover with Salsa Verde and a Mexican Cheese Blend.  Bake at 350 Degrees until bubbly......  I can really hurt myself eating this stuff!!!
  • I like to use the Chili Mix to season my Chicken Tortilla Soup.  Simmer 20 minutes to hydrate the veggies.
  • y'all gonna laugh but try spooning the prepared chili over Corn Chips.  Garnish with Chopped Onion, Tomatoes, Cilantro, Pickles, Jalapenos, and Lettuce.  Y'all ready?  Add a little Mayo and just a squirt of Yellow Mustard.  I don't know but it's really good.
  • Whatever you do, just have fun in the kitchen!! 

Good Cooking!!

​     Buddy

Buddy’s Shrimp and Grits


  • 1 Stick Butter
  • 1 Pound Peeled and Deveined Shrimp
  • 2 Tbsp. Chopped Garlic 
  • ½ cup Chopped Green Onions 
  • 2 tsp. Better Than Bouillon Lobster Base 
  • 1-1/2 cups Water 
  • 2 Tbsp. Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice 
  • A Couple dashes of Tabasco 
  • 2 Tbsp. Buddy’s Cajun Spice 


  • 1-1/2 cups Quaker Old Fashioned Grits 
  • 1-1/2 cups Grated Cabot Seriously Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • 6 cups Boiling Water 
  • ½ tsp. Salt 
  • Parsley and Green Onions for Garnish

Method for the Shrimp 

Melt butter in a large skillet until hot.  Sauté the garlic and green onions until fragrant.  Add the shrimp and quickly cook about 5 minutes.  Add 1-1/2 cups of water, Lobster Base, Lemon Juice, Buddy’s Cajun Spice, and a few dashes of Tabasco.  Reduce to a simmer and cook about 15 minutes.  Remove from heat and allow to rest while you cook the grits. 

Method for Grits 

Bring 6 cups of water to a rolling boil and add the salt then slowly stir in the grits.  Reduce heat to very low, cover and cook for 15-20 minutes or until thick stirring occasionally.  Remove from heat, stir in the Grated Cheese, then allow to rest covered 10 minutes.  Fluff before serving.  

Serve a Hungry Man bowl of grits and top with shrimp and a little sauce from the shrimp.  Garnish with chopped green onions and chopped parsley.  Makes 6 hearty servings.  Enjoy!!