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Iconic New Orleans Food You Must Try

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People from different states come to New Orleans not only for Mardi Gras festival, or jazz festival, but also to experience the most unique food in the United States, also called New Orleans food. 

In this article I have gathered the information on the best food to try I while visiting French Quarter, Few Orleans. 

 

Beignets New Orleans

If there is one thing New Orleans is known for, it’s the beignet. You are probably wondering, “What is beignet?” Beignet is a French word for “fritter” or “doughnut”. 

Traditional beignets are a member of French choux pastry family.  In other words, the beignet is a square piece of deep-fried dough topped with powdered sugar. They are usually served with cafe au lait, which is equal parts of coffee and milk.   The two most iconic places to try beignets in New Orleans are Café du Monde, 800 Decatur st and in Café Beignet, 334 Royal st. 

Café du Monde has been open since 1862, selling great coffee and beignets. It is open 24/7 and accepts cash only. 

Best Gumbo in New Orleans

    From all the dishes of Louisiana cooking, the most popular one by far has been gumbo. Typically, customers ordered gumbo meals no matter their class level. Gumbo is a thick stew-like soup of meat, chicken, seafood, okra, Creole and Cajun seasoning.

Although, the ingredients can vary from one cook to another and from one part of the state to another. The name comes from a Western African word for okra; however, the origin is widely disputed. 

Gumbo is typically enjoyed as rich, flavorful soup, sometimes served over a spoon of rice. The main ingredients that make gumbo thick are okra, file powder, and roux. File powder and okra can be found in local supermarkets.  Roux can be made by toasting flour in fat until it develops a brown color. Another main ingredient that makes the base for gumbo is the “Holy Trinity”, the mix of bell pepper, onions, celery, garlic, and shallots. 

Gumbo is made by whatever protein is in season: seafood, shrimps, crabmeat, crawfish, chicken, turkey, and sausage. So, there are endless variations that can make delicious results. Where to try gumbo in New Orleans?  If you are in the French Quarter, try to stop by Gumbo shop, 630 St.Peter street

What is New Orleans? New Orleans is Creole gumbo, filé gumbo, cowan gumbo, chicken gumbo, smoked sausage gumbo, hot sausage gumbo, onion gumbo. ~ Kermit Ruffins, New Orleans vocalist and trumpeter

Jambalaya

Jambalaya is another extremely popular dish in New Orleans.  Both gumbo and jambalaya are mainstays of Creole and Cajun cooking. While gumbo has thick soup consistency, jambalaya is very similar to Spanish paella. Jambalaya rice is cooked with protein along with stock in the large skillet.

 

Crawfish New Orleans

One of the things that is uniquely Louisiana is crawfish.  Down in Louisiana people love seafood and make it so delicious that people from other states come to New Orleans just to try it.  Crawfish is a little miniature of the lobster. Crawfish and lobster have some similarities, though. They both prepared in a similar way, they both delicious, the only difference is the size. New Orleans crawfish is extremely tasty dish.  Crawfish is boiled with spices, along with corn on the cob and potatoes. If you are near the French Quarter, stop by Felix’s Restaurant and Oyster bar to try boiled crawfish.

 

Crawfish Etouffee

Etouffee means “smooth” Etouffee dish combines crawfish, sometimes shrimps, crab, even an alligator, with roux, butter and “Holy Trinity”. When you are in New Orleans, try etouffee at Bon Ton Café, 401 Magazine st.

 

Oysters New Orleans

Louisiana owns the oyster industry. In New Orleans you can find any type you want: fattiest, saltiest, fried, baked, char-grilled.  Char-grilled oysters are the New Orleans symbolic meal. These are the oysters covered in garlic, parmesan cheese, butter and breadcrumbs, and then cooked over the open flame. 

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