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!
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
Shrimp Etouffee | Simply Recipes| Etoufee is meat with butter sauce and chopped vegetables
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
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!
Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya | The Speckled Palate
Chicken and Dirty Rice | The Chunky Chef
Crawfish Etouffée Pistolettes |Pistolettes are fried stuffed bread rolls
Red Beans and Rice | Kalyn’s Kitchen
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
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.
Crawfish Pasta | WWOz
Boudin Balls |Allspice| is a spicy rice and meat sausage.
Corn Crowder and Bacon Bloody Mary|
Bourbon Chicken | Kitchen Trials
Jump Lump Crab Cakes | Mr.B s Bistro
Creole Shrimp with Garlic and Lemon | Food & Wine
Cajun Shrimp with Chipotle Mayo | Favorite
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
King Cake | PointsandTravel
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.
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.
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 of these!
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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.