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Foods of Louisiana, Louisiana Cooking, The Best!

Louisiana is known for many things: music, culture, but most importantly, cuisine! Louisiana food is often on the spicier side and known all around the world as “Cajun Cuisine”. The history of recipes and foods of Louisiana is an interesting one. There are influences from France, Spain, Africa, and India. However, there are parts of Louisiana that offer a more soul food-like experience. Where the Southern parts of Louisiana enjoy Cajun & seafood dishes, Northern Louisiana prefers smothered meats and greens.

Combined, these flavors make for amazing dishes, and now you can cook like a Bourbon Street Chef in your very own kitchen! You can learn what it means to live to eat instead of eating to live. I present to you: Louisiana Cuisine!

Foods of Louisiana, Louisiana Cooking, The Best!

Louisiana Food

I recently had an amazing trip to Southwest Louisiana, where mostly all I did was eat!  Not exactly, but it sure did seem like it, although Mardi Gras was happening at the same time. My hosts couldn’t wait to introduce me to their style of foods. After that, it was a trip to New Orleans that took me over the edge!

Gumbo |African Bites|a hearty stew thickened with a browned roux, flour, and oil.  Mix in okra, filé,  and ground sassafras leaves

Foods of Louisiana, Louisiana Cooking, The Best!

Shrimp Etouffee | Simply Recipes| Etoufee is meat with butter sauce and chopped vegetables

Foods of Louisiana, Louisiana Cooking, The Best!

Fried Crawfish Etouffee Balls | Louisiana Cookin

New Orleans Dirty Rice | Just a Pinch

Jambalaya | Gimme Some Oven| a seasoned rice dish made with meat or seafood

Foods of Louisiana, Louisiana Cooking, The Best!

Char-grilled Oysters | Desire Oyster Bar | New Orleans

These things were to die for. In fact, I think I went to Desire Oyster Bar three times in one week, just have these juicy fellas – a dozen oysters that have been grilled and soaked in a herb and lemon butter garlic sauce with melted cheese and a side of soft, white bread to soak up this goodness! Perfection!

Foods of Louisiana, Louisiana cooking

Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya | The Speckled Palate

Chicken and Dirty Rice | The Chunky Chef

Crawfish Etouffée Pistolettes |Pistolettes are fried stuffed bread rolls

Foods of Louisiana, Louisiana Cooking, The Best!

Crawfish Etouffée Pistolettes

Red Beans and Rice | Kalyn’s KitchenFoods of Louisiana, Louisiana Cooking, The Best!

Louisiana Seafood

My first dinner of crayfish in Louisiana was at a place called Seafood Palace in Lake Charles. The place was packed with people for their down-home style of Louisiana cooking or to be more specific for massive amounts of crayfish! Apparently, late February is the perfect time for fresh crayfish. They are also known by many other names: crawdads, Crawdaddy’s, crawfish, ecrevisse, langouste, rock lobsters, sea crawfishes, and spiny lobsters. Boiled crawfish is a “must eat” for seafood lovers in Louisiana!

Crayfish | Seafood Palace – Lake Charles

Foods of Louisiana, Louisiana Cooking, The Best!

Famous Foods of Louisiana

Fried Green Tomatoes

Fried Green Tomatoes are more of a southern Louisiana delicacy which is made from young, unripened red tomatoes. They are typically fried and breaded in cornmeal in the South, but Louisiana has its own version by adding Shrimp Remoulade! Basically, the tomatoes are smothered in the remoulade sauce (which is mayonnaise and dijon mustard with the spices of paprika, cayenne pepper, garlic, and cajun-style hot sauce. Then the shrimp are added. This is all poured on top of the green battered tomatoes.Foods of Louisiana, Louisiana cooking

Crawfish Pasta | WWOz

Boudin Balls |Allspice| is a spicy rice and meat sausage.

Foods of Louisiana, Louisiana Cooking, The Best!

Corn Crowder and Bacon Bloody Mary|

Foods of Louisiana, Louisiana Cooking, The Best!

Bourbon Chicken | Kitchen Trials

Jump Lump Crab Cakes

Creole Shrimp with Garlic and Lemon | Food & Wine

Cajun Shrimp with Chipotle Mayo | Favorite

Foods of Louisiana, Louisiana Cooking, The Best!

Here are a few dishes I heard about but did not try:

Oven Baked Hot Wings | Deep South Dish

Muffuletta Sandwich | The Spice Kit Recipes

Andouille Sausage Skillet Pasta | Damn Delicious

Beer Battered Shrimp Po Boy | White Bits  Kitchen

 

Foods of Louisiana you must try!

Louisiana Desserts

King Cake | PointsandTravel

Foods of Louisiana, Louisiana Cooking, The Best!

Beignets | Seed at the Table

There is nothing quite like a beignet – pronounced “ben-yay”, especially at the famous Cafe du Monde. The texture is similar to a modern-day donut, except they are square and puff up when fried. They are best served warm with a cafe au lait.

Foods of Louisiana, Louisiana Cooking, The Best!

Louisiana Crunch Cake | Blog Lovin

Oh, and don’t forget Pralines! Those pecans soaked caramelized sugar treats! Coming from the old world, they were once snacks of Kings in France and were originally thought to be almonds instead of pecans. The original recipes contained brown sugar and nuts, but now recipes include butter, milk, and vanilla flavorings.

Bananas Foster

One of the best New Orleans desserts is bananas foster. For the best one in town, be sure and go to Broussard’s Restaurant during an offering of a Jazz Brunch. This dish puts on quite a show as the waitress prepares it in front of you! Composed of bananas and vanilla ice cream and a to-die-for sauce of butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, dark rum, and banana liqueur. It will be lit on fire using a cooking technique called a flambe.

Louisiana Cocktail Concoctions

After all that food and desserts, I am sure you will want one of these!

Tequila soaked gummy worms from Miss Doris…
Her laughter is contagious and she dishes out gummy worms like no other.
Foods of Louisiana, Louisiana Cooking, The Best!
Foods of Louisiana, Louisiana Cooking, The Best!

But What are the Most Popular Foods?

I would say that gumbo, muffuletta, etouffee, po’boy’s, red beans and rice, as well as jambalaya, are the most popular foods in Louisiana. As far as meats go: seafood, crawfish, shrimp, crabs, oysters, and catfish ranked right up near the top.
 Are you hungry yet? I bet you can’t finish reading this article without drooling all over yourself!

Recommended Reading about Lousiana:

King Cakes: Their Origin and Recipes

Chicken on the Run near Lake Charles, Louisiana

New Orleans: Jazz, Weddings, and Funerals

Looking for Diamonds in the French Quarter

Recommended Reading about Other Culture’s Food

Guyanese Food: 21 Guyana Dishes You Should Try!

Jamaican Desserts – Black Cake, Rum Cake and More!

 

Disclosure:  The writer believes in full disclosure and wanted to let you know that this trip to Louisiana was sponsored.  As is common in the travel industry, the writer was provided with accommodations, transportation, meals, and other compensation. 

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