New Orleans Classics

Take a culinary tour of the Big Easy with these New Orleans favorites, including bananas foster, gumbo, and crawfish étouffée.

  • Cajun Bloody Mary
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lydia DeGaris Pursell

    Cajun Bloody Mary

    For a pretty presentation, rub the rims of glasses with lemon wedges, and dip in a mixture of black pepper and coarse salt.

  • 5 to Try: New Orleans Classics

    5 to Try: New Orleans Classics

    BBQ Shrimp takes just 5 minutes to prepare, plus 35 minutes of bake time that you can spend whipping of a quick side of cheese grits or salad. This simple dish gets its flavor from ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, Old Bay seasoning, and dried rosemary and thyme.

    Recipe: BBQ Shrimp

  • Grilled Seafood Po'Boy

    Grilled Seafood Po'Boy

    Stuff a French sandwich roll with grilled shrimp and catfish for a lighter version of this traditional New Orleans sandwich.

    Recipe: Grilled Seafood Po'Boy

  • Crawfish Étoufée

    Crawfish Étoufée

    Étoufée is an elegant, yet earthy, example of New Orleans home cooking. Thicken sautéed onion, celery, bell pepper, garlic, and shallots with flour, then simmer with chicken broth, seasonings, and cooked crawfish tails. Serve over hot cooked rice.

    Recipe: Crawfish Étoufée

  • Chicken-and-Sausage Gumbo

    Chicken-and-Sausage Gumbo

    There are so many variations of this one-pot soup. Start with a classic roux of oil or flour and butter. Then add the "trinity"–green bell pepper, celery, and onion–before stirring in the meat and other vegetables and spices. Serve with rice, or over potato salad for authentic southern Louisiana presentation.

    Recipe: Chicken-and-Sausage Gumbo

  • Brennan's Bananas Foster

    Brennan's Bananas Foster

    This super-sweet dessert features bananas smothered in a sauce made from melted butter, brown sugar, banana liqueur, cinnamon, and dark rum. Served with creamy vanilla ice cream.

    Recipe: Brennan's Bananas Foster

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