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Traditional Foods of New Orleans

We all know that New Orleans, and Louisiana in general, is known for its prevalence of seafood amongst all other foods.  But what about all the other yummy foods that are available in this state?

A Little Bit of This, A Little Bit of That

No trip to New Orleans is complete without a heaping bowl of gumbo and jambalaya.  A symphony of New Orleans flavors, gumbo is made in okra with a combination of meat, onions, celery, and a bunch of seafood; whichever kinds you prefer.  Common examples include shrimp, crabs, and oyster meat. Jambalaya also consists of meats, vegetables, and seafood, with the secret ingredient of raw rice to set it apart from other dishes.  Other fillings range from traditional chicken to alligator meat, if you dare. 

Like Spice?

Spice is a big part of this state’s food culture, and is commonly incorporated into its food. Commonly found in gumbo and other dishes, andouille is a spicy sausage with French Cajun roots. One of the spiciest sausages in the country, it is typically served with sugar cane and wood, and served with salt and garlic.  French for “smothered”, the étouffée is another popular cuisine; essential a spiced up version of gumbo.  Using cayenne pepper, garlic and green peppers, this dish is best served with some of the state’s signature crawfish over rice.

Shrimp and other Seafood

Shrimping and crawfish are some of Louisiana’s biggest money makers.  A tomato based Creole dish, the shrimp Creole consists of fresh peeled shrimp, chopped onion, green pepper, green onion and chopped tomato.  The Po’Boy, famous for its being served on long French bread, comes in a variety of different flavors.  They can be filled with chicken, turkey, beef or sausage, or the seafood variety which is stuffed with shrimp, oysters, and other fish. Oysters Rockefeller is a dish perfected in the city at the turn of the 20th century.  It consists of oysters on the half shell topped with capers and cheese, with a butter and milk sauce.  It is often imitated but never duplicated.

Time for Dessert

Popular New Orleans desserts include bananas foster, which was invented in this great city!  It consists of bananas, ice cream, rum and spices.  Bread pudding with signature Bourbon sauce is also popular, as well as the “French doughnut” or the beignets; a square doughy pillow that is covered with powdered sugar, and anything else you desire.

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