13 Classic New Orleans Dishes
Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya
This hearty one-pot meal will transport you to New Orleans on the busiest weeknight. Like it spicy? Serve with hot sauce on the side.
Bananas Foster with Pound Cake
The quick dessert popularized in New Orleans in the 1950s features bananas warmed in a dark-brown-sugar caramel sauce. It’s even better made and eaten outdoors.
Louisiana Hot Crab Dip
Instant Karma Fizz
This variation on the Ramos Gin Fizz combines the cocktail with a Mango Lassi. The heavy cream that bartenders hate is swapped out for yogurt liqueur.
Chocolate Buttermilk Beignets
Just about nothing is easier than eating beignets, but making them is fully within reach. And if you’re jonesing to be down in New Orleans right now for Mardi Gras, they’re just the thing. Make the dough the day before you plan to fry them up, go out Mardi-Gras-ing wherever you are, and know that they’re simple enough to make even if you’re powerfully hungover.
Savory Crawfish Beignets with Cayenne Powdered Sugar
Louisiana’s favorite fritter isn’t limited to the sweet morning variety. These beignets incorporate jalapenos, crawfish, and a kicky dusting of cayenne-powdered sugar, perfect for commencing any Big Easy feast.
Recipe: Chicken-and-Sausage Gumbo
New Orleans Red Beans and Rice with Pickled Peppers
In New Orleans, red beans and rice are traditionally served on Mondays because the dish uses up leftover Sunday ham. Grace Parisi likes making the recipe any day of the week, and she replaces the ham with smoky bacon.
5 to Try: New Orleans Classics
Recipe: BBQ Shrimp
Grilled Seafood Po'Boy
Recipe: Grilled Seafood Po'Boy
Recipe: Crawfish Étoufée
Brennan's Bananas Foster
Recipe: Brennan's Bananas Foster
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.