Try tastes of the bayou state at home with these irresistible recipes from the city's top chefs.
January 18, 2008
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The Best Darned Grilled Chicken Ever
By Paul Prudhomme, K-Paul's
Paul Prudhomme and his restaurant K-Paul's have been the driving force behind the national popularity of Cajun food for almost 30 years. This recipe blends different spices to give the chicken a surprising and unique flavor.
Despite apprenticing in New Orleans and Paris, Susan takes her recipes far beyond just French and Creole cooking to incorporate all the best flavors she can find, as in this salad, which uses a simple dressing to accentuate fresh vegetables and fruit.
Adolfo Garcia's Panamanian ancestry is reflected in both the menu at RioMar and this recipe. Escabèche is a traditional Spanish way of preserving game meat with an acidic marinade, used here as a sauce to eliminate the need for hours in the fridge.
His time in both New Orleans and San Francisco has added a refined style to Donald's Louisiana background, as in this spicy and delicious but not exactly Cajun recipe. For easy peeling, use shell-on deveined shrimp, whose shells come precut up the back.
Upperline's menu is filled with traditional Creole dishes. This recipe combines two Louisiana favorites with distinct flavors. The tomatoes should be served warm or hot, while the shrimp and rémoulade sauce should be cold for contrast.
Stephen and co-owner Donald Link conceived Cochon as a shrine to ultra-authentic Cajun foods. That means using the freshest local ingredients available for recipes like this Cajun-style courtbouillon, which is a thick sort of fish stew.
After learning Cajun cooking from Paul Prudhomme, Frank struck out on his own and opened a restaurant that has been a New Orleans favorite for more than 20 years. This dish combines sweet, savory, and spicy flavors for a delicious experience.
This is a classic Louisiana dish. The chicken livers are traditional and give it an authentic taste you can't really get any other way. Letting everything cook until brown and stuck to the skillet is very important for flavor. Recipe:Dirty Rice
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Lemon Buttermilk Pie
Stephen Stryjewski, Cochon
Lemon provides a nice background for the sweet buttermilk filling of this pie, whose crust gets an almost Graham cracker quality from whole-wheat flour and honey.