Yum Peaceful Cooking: January 2016

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Cajun Style Gyro

These gems are bursting with flavor....tender, juicy and a bit spicy. We have here some Blackened Chicken, a Cajun Salsa, some delicious Cajun Dip drizzled all over it....all wrapped up in a pita.

Pure yum factor going on here.

The inspiration for such a diverse concoction comes from the tahini I used in the dip. Sesame King Cajun Tahini to be more specific. I had no idea there were flavored tahini's out there....so cool! They currently have Garlic, Honey, Cajun and Olive Oil flavors. All of which would be great in so many recipes. Hummus of course (how fun to have various flavor themes), dressings, sauces, dips.

Before Sunshine International Foods sent me some of their tahini, I had only used it in hummus. They have unknowingly guided me to expand my ways.

Cajun Dip

6 tablespoons Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon Sesame King Cajun Tahini
1 1/2 teaspoons cilantro, finely chopped
1 teaspoon cajun seasoning
Salt and pepper to taste (about a pinch)

Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl, cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

Cajun Salsa
1 large tomato
2 green onions
1 - 2 tablespoons cilantro, finely chopped
1/4 cup bell pepper, diced (use which ever color you prefer)
1/4 teaspoon creole seasoning
1 garlic clove, minced
Salt to taste

Combine all ingredients in a bowl, cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

Blackened Chicken
3 or 4 Boneless, skinless chicken thighs (breasts can be used instead)
1 tablespoon creole seasoning
Olive oil

Preheat the oven to 400'F

Drizzle chicken with a small amount of oil then sprinkle a good amount of creole seasoning on both sides of the chicken.

Heat 2 teaspoons of oil an oven safe skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the chicken for a minute or so on each side. Place skillet in the oven and bake for 10 minutes.

Remove and cover lightly to rest. Slice thinly

Set up your station...

Grab a pita, and put it together the way you would a taco....meat, salsa and dip. Fold, wrap and chow!

The Cajun Tahini added depth to the dip. The tahini itself doesn't have heat to it, so don't worry about that if you shy away from spicy foods.

Sesame King Tahini is certified kosher, pasteurized and made in the USA. Plus, the list of ingredients is short and simple. Nothing in there that I don't recognize. Love that!

I was not compensated for this post, however Sesame King supplied me with product samples. All opinions are my own.