Me and my bright ideas. I wanted something Cajun inspired, but my first attempts at gumbo on a stick weren't successful. Instead, I've taken the spirit of Louisiana gumbo and reinterpreted that classic stew as a spicy, crisp-fried skewer. Make sure to have plenty of icy beer on hand for these, and-whatever you do-don't forget the hot sauce!
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For the cajun marinade:
Combine marinade ingredients in a small bowl; set aside.
Once oil reaches 350degreesF, carefully drop large (2-ounce) spoonfuls of batter into pot and fry about 5 minutes. (Work in batches.) Drain hush puppies on paper towels and season with additional salt and pepper to taste.
For the dipping sauce:
While hush puppies are draining, whisk hot sauce and butter in a small bowl.
Slide 1 hush puppy onto a skewer, followed by 1 shrimp, 1 okra pod, 1 slice sausage, 1 potato, another piece of shrimp, and another hush puppy; repeat with remaining skewers and ingredients. Brush liberally with Cajun marinade.