Louisiana Cuisine

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Louisiana is world famous for its food. You find the popular, refined tastes and textures of New Orleans Creole cooking in the city, and then more rustic, traditional Cajun dishes in other part of the state.

Here are some of the foods you can expect to find when visiting New Orleans:

Seafood: Oysters, crawfish, shrimp and crab all prepared various ways including boiled, broiled, fried, etouffee or stuffed.  Various types of fish including redfish, flounder, red snapper, pompano, trout and catfish.

Gumbo is a hearty stew with many of the above ingredients along with chicken and sausage. Also popular are red beans and rice with Andouille sausage and jambalaya. Crawfish boils are similar to New England lobster bake.  Crawfish, potatoes, onions and corn are placed in large cookers. Lemons and seasoning bags filled with bay leaves, mustard seeds, cayenne peppers and other spices are placed in the water.

Some items you may find in the city or surrounding area restaurants are dirty rice, fried chicken, fried turkey, rabbit, and po’boy sandwiches. Natchitoches are meat pies and muffulettas are round sandwiches with Italian meats, cheeses and olive spread. For desserts try beignets which are fried dough dusted with powdered sugar or warm bread pudding with whiskey sauce.

Bell pepper, onion and celebrity are used in mot Cajun dishes.  Characteristic seasonings include parsley, bay leaf, scallions and dried cayenne pepper.

Popular reataurants in New Orleans’ French Quarter include Antoine’s, Brennan’s, Mr. B’s Bistro, Red Fish Grill and Cafe du Monde, which serves on thing only…amazing beignets.  Don’t forget to eat at Emeril’s if you have time.

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