I have roots in Louisiana. My grandmother is from New Orleans (Algiers to be exact). When I was a little girl, my family and I would go to New Orleans to spend some time with my grandmother’s cousins. I remember that ferry ride from Algiers to New Orleans. I can still see that horse-drawn carriage in Jackson Square and me feeding the white horse some carrots. There was always lots of food at the house (so much food). I would shadow one of my grandmother’s cousins in the garden and help her pick pecans from the tree so we could make pralines. Memories like that make me smile.
I miss New Orleans and I wish I could go visit every year for Mardi Gras. Believe it or not, I never had the opportunity to experience it (yet). So until I can get myself to my grandmother’s city, I bring the spirit of Mardi Gras into the home and into the kitchen. Here’s a round-up of some of my favorite signature dishes from Louisiana. I hope you give them a try!
- Buttermilk Beignets from Joy the Baker
- Shrimp Po’ Boy from Bon Appetite
- Pralines from Picky Palate
- King Cake from Bourbon & Boots
- Shrimp Etoufee from Turntable Kitchen
I have more Mardi Gras inspiration on my Pinterest board!