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What ingredients are used in Creole cooking from New Orleans?
Originally, Creole cooking originated in urban New Orleans from the blend of African, European, and even Native American cultures. Most traditional Creole ingredients like tomatoes, herbs, spices, and butter were popular and used because of their easy accessibility from the city’s ports.
What are some of the most popular Creole recipes?
Jambalaya is one of the most popular Creole dishes, with good reason! This perfectly flavored mixture of rice cooked in tomato sauce, Andouille sausage, chicken, and shrimp is beautiful as well, perfect for impressing guests. Want to know a secret?
What are the best Creole restaurants in New Orleans?
Gumbo, Jambalaya, and etouffee are perfect examples. There are many restaurants and hole-in-the-wall eateries that dish out some of the best gumbos and creole dishes you’ll ever try. There’s also the tradition of beignets and cafe au lait at Café du Monde, basically the New Orleans version of donuts and coffee.
How can I make a traditional New Orleans Creole Gumbo?
The sauce starts like most other Creole dishes, with the holy trinity of onion, celery, and bell pepper. Once the vegetables are sautéed, add tomato sauce, chicken stock, and plenty of herbs and spices. This recipe calls for bay leaf, parsley, two kinds of pepper, and thyme, but you can add your own favorites. 12. Gumbo