Once Upon a Time: The Origin of Cajun Cuisine!

Once upon a time, residents of Acadia (a French province located in what we know today as Quebec), were forced out of their home territory by British settlers. The Grand Derangement (their ensuing migration) carried them south roughly 1,607 miles, all the way to Southern Louisiana. Louisiana's drastically different climate caught them by surprise - they were no longer able to prepare their traditional foods, and many people starved to death. Those that lived learned to hunt, fish, and raise hens for their eggs as a way to survive.

Faced with these new sources of food, the determined Acadians had no choice but to invent new ways of cooking and preparing food. As food became more prevalent and desperation faded away, they began experimenting with new spices and seasonings. Eventually, these experiments evolved into what we now know and love as classic Cajun cuisine.

Classic Cajun Cuisine

Cajun food was traditionally made from whatever vegetables, meat, and seafood was plentiful and readily available. Early Cajun settlers typically had large families, so they needed to prepare meals that could feed several people at once. Rice, bell peppers, crawfish, shrimp, celery, and onions are excellent examples of the types of staples Cajuns came to rely on. 

Distinct, Delightful, and Delicious!

Cajun food is known nationally for its abundant spices and intense flavors. Traditional Cajun dishes were prepared with plenty of cayenne pepper, garlic, thyme, parsley, bay leaves, and other spices that were too thoroughly blended to even identify.

Even though the United States has grown and changed drastically since the Cajuns first settled in Southern Louisiana, the traditional flavor and charm of Cajun cuisine has remained constant. Today, Cajun food has expanded to cover much of the continent - including right here at the Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri! As the best waterfront restaurant at the Lake, Backwater Jacks is proud to offer you the best and most authentic Cajun cuisine in the Midwest

Backwater Jack's is currently closed for the season, but we will be back and ready for action next year! Be sure to keep us in mind as you begin planning your 2015 summer vacations... We're ready to make next year the best ever!

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