Tony Chachere's® Creole Foods began in 1972 as a hobby in the retirement years for South Louisiana chef Tony Chachere. That same year, he published Cajun Country Cookbook, fulfilling a dream to record the recipes of his beloved South Louisiana cuisine.
Tony included the recipe for his favorite homemade seasoning blend, and several recipes in the book used the seasoning. Only a matter of time before users of the cookbook began to demand the seasoning. Ever the entrepreneur, Tony met the demand and began to manufacture his seasoning blend, which he named Creole Seasoning. He also developed an instant base called Roux and Gravy Mix, which was an instant hit with fellow Cajun and Creole cooks.
His small operation began with only four employees. He took to the road in his rolling advertisement, an International Scout hand painted with the words "Tony Chachere's® Famous Creole Seasoning", and called supermarkets all along the Gulf Coast. In only a few years, he was a guest on TV and radio talk and cooking shows and a popular attraction at festivals and food events.
Today, Tony Chachere's® Creole Foods is still owned by the Chachere family and still operates out of the Lombard Street facility in Opelousas, now 40,000 square foot facility with over 75 full time employees. Tony's grandson, Don, still spearheads the growing business, which has expanded primarily in supermarket and mass merchandise chains throughout the Southeast. The mail order division, export division and new website help to reach customers throughout the US, Canada and abroad.
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Homemade Shake and Bake Mixture
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1 cup bread crumbs
3 teaspoons creole seasoning
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
In a large resealable bag, add bread crumbs, creole seasoning, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, dried oregano, parsley and vegetable oil. Seal bag and shake all ingredients together. Enjoy!