Most southern food is bone sticking and hearty. A style that can be contributed to the economics of survival.
This recipe is not different. A full loaf of bread is stuffed with meats, cheeses, and vegetables before being baked off. The result is a spicy gooey filled bread that acts as the perfect appetizer for any party.
This is a dish that I have eaten since I was a little girl, even considering it is difficult to find many versions of it in cookbooks or online.
Everyone in my family loves it. It originates from my Aunt’s mother, Mary Joyce, who is Cajun through and through. It is one of those items that is always present at family gatherings – especially large ones. A fact that is evident by the size of the portions used in the original recipe that was given to me:
Personally, I do not cook for 80-100 people. I have a small family. So, the challenge with recreating this recipe was doing so in a way that would feed a smaller group. Lets say 10-12 people.
During my first test run of the condensed version of this recipe, I realized that the original recipe was missing some important instructions. A lack of instruction can easily be attributed to the fact that May Joyce has made this time and time again, so writing down all of the finite details was not something she needed to do. She has them all memorized.
To fill in the gaps, I did a little digging. I found a recipe for creole meat bread by Emeril Lagasse, click here.
There is a large difference in creole and cajun food. Creole food is the result of many nationalities who settled in New Orleans. In many creole recipes you will find inspiration from West African, Spanish, Haitian, French, and many other cultures.
Cajun food comes from the Acadian people and has a French influence. You will find Cajun food primarily outside of the city…where my family lives.
Comparing the two, although one cajun and one creole, helped fill in some of the gaps.
I present my version of meat bread. Of course it will never be good as the original I ate growing up. It is not easy to include the love that is thrown into every family recipe that is made for you, instead of by you.
For another Louisiana inspired recipe, click here.