I recently had the opportunity to try some of the products available from Mossy Bayou Foods. They sent me a bottle of their award winning Swamp Scum hot sauce, their Bayou Blend seasoning blend, and a package of their Cajun Fried Pecans. Being a Louisiana gal myself, I was eager to receive these products and give them a try.
First up was the Bayou Blend seasoning mix. I first applied the sniff test, and it smelled strongly of chili powder, so I was a bit apprehensive about it--I like Cajun seasoning and I use it almost everything, but I'm not a big fan of hot just for the sake of hot. Once I used it, this stuff put my fears to rest. I used it in every kind of savory dish imaginable, from vegetables to meat to gravy, just as I would any good seasoning blend. It's spicy without being too hot--Mossy Bayou's website describes it as "a special blend of Cajun spices, with an added Mexican accent". It has no salt, which surprised me, and no MSG.
The next product that I tried was the mysterious Swamp Scum hot sauce. This is not your typical hot sauce--for one thing, it looks black in the bottle, and when you use it the color is sort of greeny-black. Not a pretty sauce. But the smell--ahh, the smell is wonderful! It has the most delicious sweet/spicy/smoky smell. Even though I'm from Louisiana, I'm particular about the hot sauce I use. As I mentioned above, I don't like "hot" just for the sake of heat, I like flavor with my spice, and this one also did not disappoint. I used this on chicken fajitas, and as a seasoning on a Cajun spiced pot roast that came out melting-in-your-mouth good. It may not look pretty, but it's a definite keeper for me.
And last but not least, the Cajun Fried Pecans--I love roasted pecans, and these were a tasty change from the usual sweet pecans I enjoy when I can.
And now, for the fun part--Mossy Bayou is sponsoring a giveaway package for one lucky reader, comprised of :
- Swamp Scum hot sauce
- Bayou Blend seasoning
- Louisiana popcorn rice
- Original Cajun Chow Chow
- Pepper Fiesta Pepper Jelly
This could help you feast on good old Cajun food for some time to come!
The giveaways is now closed--thanks for your interest!
To enter, leave your name, email address, and comment on the giveaway form telling me which Mossy Bayou product you'd most like to try. The giveaway will be open until next Sunday, March 7, 2010, at 6:00 p.m. central time.
As always, your information will not be shared, and will be used for the purposes of this giveaway only.
(Disclosure: I received the products listed above for review and promotional purposes only, and did not receive any other compensation for doing the review or the giveaway, and the opinions expressed are those of my own.)
Until next time, good cooking, and good eating!