With names like jambalaya, gumbo and étouffée, it’s hard to know what’s in New Orleans food.
But when you break it down, New Orleans dishes are just a flavorful combination of many of the same foods you eat every day. It’s that simple…and delicious.
Chicken, pork and beef make New Orleans dishes hearty and filling. All kinds of pork sausage, especially Andouille, can be used in jambalaya, gumbo and red beans & rice.
New Orleans dishes are filled with South Louisiana seafood like fish, shrimp, crab, crawfish and oysters. Most recipes can be adapted to include the fresh catch from your region.
Rice grows abundantly in South Louisiana so it plays a prominent role in many New Orleans dishes like Jambalaya, Red Beans & Rice, Dirty Rice and Gumbo.
Chopped celery, onion and bell pepper, known as the Holy Trinity, provide the base for many New Orleans recipes. You can add almost any fresh local vegetables to New Orleans dishes.
So much of the distinctive New Orleans flavor comes from the unique blend of spices like paprika, garlic, ground red pepper, celery pepper, turmeric and just a hint of cayenne.
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