Tips & Tricks to Making the Best Bread Pudding

Want to bring something different to this year’s holiday party?

How about whipping up a batch of southern bread pudding?!


An old Creole favorite, bread pudding is a staple in restaurants in and around New Orleans. They might all add their own spin to it – white chocolate bread pudding, bourbon vs. rum sauce, etc. – but at the end of the day, it’s the dessert Cajuns have come to love and appreciate for centuries.


Ready to whip up your own batch? Here are 5 chef secrets to making the best bread pudding, straight from the experts here at Razzoo’s Cajun Café in Texas:


1.   Stale Bread is Best

In order to achieve that perfect, sponge-like consistency in your Cajun bread pudding, be sure to use stale bread vs. fresh bread. Fresh bread is just too soft to soak up all the goodness of the custard.


2.   Avoid Whole Grain Breads

Bread pudding turns out best when you use straight up, plain French bread. Don’t have French bread? Then use some other variety of white bread or brioche. Whole grain breads just don’t taste as good, so avoid those “healthy breads” at all cost.


3.   Butter the Pan

Want those edges all nice and crisp? Don’t skimp on greasing the pan! Use real butter and smother the pan in it before baking. Not only will everything turn out perfectly golden brown, but you’ll have less trouble with the bread sticking to the pan.


4.   The Crustier the Better

When starting your Cajun bread pudding, don’t bother with removing the crusts. The crustier the better we say! That crust adds varying textures to the bread pudding and crisps up nicely when on top.


5.   Don’t Skimp on the Sauce

Whether you’re using a bourbon or rum based sauce recipe, be sure you don’t leave this step out! There are few things in life better than a great piece of bread pudding smothered in rum sauce.

Just want to skip the fuss and still bring the best bread pudding in town? Call Razzoo’s Cajun Café and order our famous Luziana Bread Pudding! Filled with fresh peaches, southern pecans, and drenched in a dark rum sauce, it’s the perfect dessert for any holiday occasion.

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Give the Gift of Razzoo's this Holiday Season!

Are you finished with your holiday shopping yet?

If you’re anything like us…then you’re a little behind.

Want to know what’s perfect for brothers, sisters, uncles, coworkers, bosses, teachers, and just about anyone on your list? A gift card to Razzoo’s of course!


Special Holiday Savings on Razzoo’s Gift Cards!

Give the gift of delicious, fresh Cajun food from Razzoo’s Cajun Café! Our gift cards are always the right size and available in any amount you would like. And as a special holiday gift to you, we’ve sweetened the deal by offering a $5 bonus card every time you purchase $25 worth of Razzoo’s gift cards! It’s free money, yall! Use that $5 bonus card to treat yourself to a tasty lunch, or a finger lickin’ good dinner with all the Cajun trimmings. Heck - that $5 bonus card will almost cover the price of one of our delicious Cajun lunch specials! My mouth is now watering for the Shrimp Po’Boy Special….

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Razzoo’s Swag

If you really want to go big and impress that special someone in your life, then add a little Razzoo’s swag to your gift as well. (You know, because nothing quite says “I think you’re awesome” like a Razzoo’s t-shirt!) Razzoo’s Cajun Café has a huge selection of t-shirts and hats, available for both men and women in a variety of styles and sizes. Check your local Razzoo’s to see what they have on hand or view everything here.

We hope to see you this week for lunch, dinner, or happy hour at the best Cajun restaurant in Texas! And while you’re here – don’t forget to pick up a few holiday gifts with a gift card deal that can’t be beat: $5 bonus card given for every $25 in gift cards purchased!

Happy Holidays from your Friends at Razzoo's Cajun Cafe!

Want the Best Fried Turkey?! Follow these 5 Steps from Razzoo’s Cajun Café!

You already know about our famous fried shrimp, fried fish, and fried gator tail, but did you know Razzoo’s also fries turkeys during the holiday season?!

Sure do. In fact, you might just want to consider us experts in the field. And while we aren’t keen on sharing our proprietary frying methods (some things are better kept top secret), we will divulge a few tips on how to cook the best fried turkey at home:

Step 1: Get the Right Turkey

First off, know how big you need it. The general consensus is that you need to estimate 1-1.5 pounds per person you are feeding, but our motto is generally, “go big or go home.” The bigger the bird, the better, because who doesn’t love turkey leftovers?

Another thought here: make sure you don’t buy a turkey with a pop-up plastic thingy in it. The heat from the fryer will melt it and that’s no bueno.

Step 2: Start Thawing a Week in Advance

Remember how we said to get a big bird? Remember that the bigger the bird, the longer it is going to take to thaw. Don’t assume you can put it on the counter the night before and it’s magically going to be thawed on Christmas morning. Allow yourself an entire week of thawing in the refrigerator to make sure everything cooks evenly once fried.

Step 3: Know How Much Oil to Use

Once your turkey is in the hot oil, you want the oil line to be about 4 inches from the top of the fryer. Instead of pulling a Bubba and just winging it before you fry, you’re better off marking a fill line in advance. The best way to do this is to put your frozen turkey in the fryer and fill the fryer with regular, cold water until it’s 4 inches from the top. Remove the turkey and mark where the water settles. Easy peasy.

Step 4: Marinade Like a Pro.

Start by mixing up the marinade two days in advance to let the flavors blend. A day before frying, use an injection syringe to carefully inject the marinade into the meat. The goal is to pierce the skin the least amount of times so that they skin doesn’t shrink up as it cooks. As you’re injecting, try massaging the marinade into the meat to spread it around. We know, it sounds super weird, but it makes a huge difference in flavor.

Step 5: Fry it Up!

Put that bird in the fryer and watch it cook for approx 4 minutes per pound, but you’ll want to start checking the internal temp at around 3.5 minutes per pound. Your turkey is ready once the turkey breast registers 155 degrees. Let the meat rest for 15 minutes and you’re ready to serve your holiday feast!

Not sure you want to follow all these steps for the best fried turkey? No problem. Call Razzoo’s Cajun Café today and get the best fried turkey made-to-order! Orders are filling up fast, so get yours in today!

The best fried turkey is at Razzoo's Cajun Cafe!

The best fried turkey is at Razzoo's Cajun Cafe!

Let Razzoo’s Cook your Holiday Meal!

You’ve got football to watch and beer to drink… you don’t have time to cook a holiday meal!

The holiday season will begin next week, and Razzoo’s is here to help! We offer a variety of options including Cajun fried turkey, our famous bread pudding, and sides galore:

Cajun Fried Turkey

If there is one thing that’s a pain – it’s cooking a Thanksgiving turkey! All that thawing, and brining, and prepping, etc. – you’ve got better things to do! Plus – you just aren’t going to beat the flavor of a deep fried Razzoo’s Cajun Café turkey! We inject flavor and rub it down with spices before frying it to perfection. Our Cajun fried turkeys run about 15 lbs. and can feed about 10-12 people. Tell Cousin Bubba he better save some for the rest of ya!

Peach ‘n’ Pecan Bread Pudding

Fool your Mimi into thinking you’re a great cook with our famous Peach ‘n’ Pecan Bread Pudding – served up Lusiana style! At Razzoo’s, we make this to order – in fact we make it fresh daily in every restaurant – for a freshness you can taste. Ooey gooey dark Jamaican rum sauce soaks the spongy bread full of fresh peaches and southern pecans. You can thank us later.

Cajun Sides

Just need a side or two to complete the meal? Razzoo’s has that too! Choose between dirty rice, green beans, smoky red beans, mashed taters, or Cajun cream gravy. Each is available in a pint (feeds 2-3) or quart (feeds 6-8). You may want to grab more than one!

Razzoo’s makes the holidays easy! Call today to place your order at a location near you! Now taking orders in Round Rock, Lewisville, Tyler, Fort Worth, College Station, and across the great state of Texas. We bring the tastes of a southern Cajun holiday to you and yours!

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5 Reasons to Run to Razzoo’s Happy Hour

After a long day’s work, there is nothing we like better than an ice old beer. Or two. Or three… (You get the idea.)


Where better to enjoy Happy Hour than at Razzoo’s Cajun Café. Razzoo’s has a wide selection of beer, cocktails, liquor, and appetizers to serve you - whatever you’ve got a hankerin’ for.


Here are 5 reasons to run on over to Razzoo’s after work today and grab a drink:


1.   Extended Hours! Happy Hours at Razzoo’s Cajun Café run from 3pm-7pm, Monday-Friday, giving you plenty of time to get over there and enjoy some Texas-sized drink specials as well as some delicious food.  



2.   Discounted Appetizers! Nothing better to accompany a few drinks that a few baskets of perfectly fried food. Popcorn shrimp, fried pickles, buffalo wings, and more are all just $5 or $6 (and it’s a full portion, no funny business). A customer favorite? The Rat Toes – succulent chunks of crab and shrimp and stuffed inside of jalapenos, then battered and deep fried.


3.   Frozen Drink Specials! You’re not a true “Razzoo” unless you’ve given our Hurrycanes, Mardi Ritas, and Swamp Thangs a try. Served in obnoxious glasses and adorned in beads, our frozen drink specials pack a punch. And they’re $2 cheaper at Happy Hour than the rest of the day - winner!


4.   $2 off Craft Drafts and Glasses of Wine!  Every Razzoo’s has a great selection of craft draft beers like Abita Amber, Karbach Hopadillo IPA and (512) Pecan Porter, along with a great variety of wines by the glass - and all are priced right for Happy Hour!


5.   A Rockin’ Atmosphere! Fun doesn’t even begin to describe it. Rowdy. Loud. Crazy. And the later it gets…the more fun it gets. You’ll just have to join us to see for yourself.


Join us at Razzoo’s Cajun Café this week for Happy Hour. Remember: Monday – Friday, 3pm-7pm. We’re your go to place for the best happy hour in Texas!  


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Warm Up with Cajun Southern Comfort Food at Razzoo’s

Rumor has it a cold front is blowing in this weekend… don’t let the chill in the air get you down! Razzoo’s Cajun Café has your favorite warm, southern comfort food to take the chill off. Here are a few of our top picks:


Cajun Etoufee

Yessir – this one is one of our favorites! Our etoufee is slowly simmered with a dark roux that brings out the richness of the flavors, then served over our famous dirty rice. The hardest part is choosing whether you want to add chicken, shrimp, or crawfish to your dish!


Cajun Gumbo

We’d never make it as a Cajun restaurant if we didn’t make a killer gumbo! Ours is chock full of goodness with your choice of seafood or sausage and chicken, along with rice, okra, and other veggies that has been slow cooked longer than a tax refund check.


Cajun Fried Chicken

Our Cajun Fried Chicken is extremely popular, with crispy deep fried goodness served over a bed of fluffy mashed potatoes and drenched in Andouille sausage gravy. It is also served with veggies on the side, but who has room to “eat their greens” when the chicken is this good?! P.S. it’s a generous helping, so come hungry!


Cajun Stuff’d Fish

What’s better than fresh Gulf fish? Fresh Gulf fish stuffed with more seafood, that’s what! Each fish filet is stuffed with our shrimp and crab stuffin’, then drizzled in a creamy crawfish lemon butter sauce.


Cajun Gator Tail

Gator Tail is by far our most popular item on the menu!  Served grilled over jambalaya with BBQ “ouch” sauce, it’s so good you’ll quickly realize why it’s a fan favorite.  Never tried gator before?  Get a smaller portion, fried and served with a little cocktail sauce - once you try it you’ll be back for more!


These are just a few of our favorite Cajun comfort foods to warm you up this Fall and Winter season. Join us at a Razzoo’s Cajun Café near you for lunch, dinner, drinks, and more. There’s a reason we’re the best Cajun restaurant in Texas!

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Gumbo Essentials: The Ingredients You Need to Make the Best Gumbo

At Razzoo’s Cajun Café, we have the market cornered on amazing Cajun food. But if you ever get a wild itch to do something crazy like cook your own gumbo, here’s a rundown on the gumbo essentials you’ll need – or it ain’t gumbo!

Cajun Holy Trinity

Otherwise known as celery, bell peppers, and onions, the Cajun Holy Trinity is the base for most Cajun cuisine – and creates the delicious aroma and flavors you’ve come to love in a gumbo. Start with these, and you’re off to a great start.

Cast Iron

Before getting started, be sure to invest in a good cast iron Dutch oven. Those little babies are perfect at heating up well and holding consistent temps, letting your gumbo simmer to perfection under just the right temperature.


Depending on the recipe, you’ll make your roux a little differently, but it’s basically just a combination of flour and fat that is cooked until it’s a beautiful dark brown color. This not only adds flavor to your dish, but it thickens it as well.

The Meats

This is really just a free-for-all. What do you have on hand? What do you like? Throw it in! Traditional gumbo calls for seafood, chicken, and Andouille sausage, but really anything goes!

Cajun Seasoning

No gumbo is complete without the quintessential Cajun seasonings. You can choose to buy your favorite name brand bottle of pre-mixed Cajun seasoning or just whip up your own combo using spices such as oregano, basil, thyme, cayenne pepper, celery, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.

If you try your hand at homemade gumbo and it doesn’t work out, just remember where to find the best gumbo in Texas: Razzoo’s Cajun Café! Our doors are open 7 days a week; come see us for lunch, dinner, happy hour, or a late night snack!

It's all in the roux! Check out this video for tips on how to make Razzoo's Kitchen Sink Gumbo at home!

Help Razzoo’s Give Back to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital!

Fall is in air, and southern Cajun food is on our mind.

But that’s not all we’ve got on the brain.

Every October, Razzoo’s is proud to spend a month raising funds to support one of our favorite charities – St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Last year, we had the privilege of donating approx. $35,000 to St. Jude’s on behalf of our amazing restaurant guests and ourselves! Thank you from the bottom of our Cajun hearts for supporting such a great cause!

You may be wondering to yourself, what does my donation support? Well here is just a fraction of the work St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital does to benefit children:


FREE Medical Care

Yes, you read that right! St. Jude’s provides state-of the-art care to thousands and charges each patient absolutely NOTHING for their services. In fact, 75% of the funding for St. Jude’s is given by wonderful, well-meaning people like yourselves that also believe that parents in need shouldn’t have to worry about how to pay their child’s medical bill – they should just worry about getting them well. It’s funding like yours that allows St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to focus on the health of the children in their care and nothing else.


Childhood Cancer Research

For 50 years, St. Jude has been researching cures for childhood cancer, and they won’t stop until they find one! St. Jude is proud to say that their research is making a difference. Childhood cancer survival rates are now around 80%, but the research won’t stop until that number reaches 100%.


Global Impact

When St. Jude uncovers a breakthrough in children’s medicine, their findings are shared all over the world. The result: thousands more children helped around the globe because of your generous donation here at home.


For the entire month of October, each of our 19 Razzoo’s Cajun Café locations will be taking donations for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. For each dollar donated, Razzoo’s will hang a pumpkin in your name at our restaurant. It’s a great reminder throughout the month of October of the generous spirit embodied by our guests here at Razzoo’s. Thank you in advance for supporting this great cause at our Texas Cajun restaurant!