Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The Great Tastes of New Orleans


Another Mardi Gras has arrived, so as the French say, "Laissez les bons temps rouler." Let the good times roll!

While we missed our chance to see all the Mardi Gras madness firsthand (sounds like a great road trip for people in their early 20's), that doesn't mean we can't partake in all the great pageantry and food New Orleans has to offer. The traditional colors of Mardi Gras are green, gold and purple so we plan to dress up in our most festive attire and decorate a King Cake as best we can. The King Cake is a Mardi Gras tradition- it's basically a giant cinnamon roll with colorful icing and a toy hidden inside or underneath. Whoever finds the toy gets good luck (and has to host the next party).

For our New Orleans feast we turned to the FoodPair Recipe Search Engine to find our favorite examples of classic dishes from Beignets in the morning, to Po' Boys for lunch and finally Etouffe and Jambalaya for dinner.

FoodPair has thousands of New Orelans-themed dishes, so make sure to use our powerful filters to customize your search for your family's tastes and diet.


Buttermilk Beignets
The best NOLA mornings start with beignets and chicory coffee.
Ingredients: Sugar, Buttermilk, Salt, Baking Soda, Milk, Peanut Oil, Active Dry Yeast, Bread Flour


Cajun Crawfish and Shrimp Etouffe
New Orleans is famous for its delicious crawfish and shrimp dishes.
Ingredients: Shrimp, Green Bell Pepper, Onion, Celery, Crawfish, Black Pepper, Cayenne Pepper, Flour, Vegetable Oil, Hot Sauce, Fish Stock


Fish Po' Boys
This classic sando is loaded with great ingredients on french bread.
Ingredients: Tomato, Lettuce, Salt, Black Pepper, Cornmeal, Canola Oil, Tartar Sauce, Baguette, Flounder


Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya
This dish is fun to say, eat and cook. Jambalaya!
Ingredients: Bacon, Bell Pepper, Onion, Celery, Cayenne, Chicken, Andouille, Beef Broth, Smoked Ham, Green Onion, Spices, Rice


Mardi Gras King Cake
The person who gets a toy in their slice hosts the next party!
Ingredients: Egg, Butter, Pecan, Sugar, Nutmeg, Raisin, Salt, Flour, Milk, Cinnamon, Active Dry Yeast



Have a great Mardi Gras meal celebrating the great food of New Orleans!

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