Louisiana restaurants serve a delicious indigenous American cuisine that has recently gained considerable national recognition. Cajun cooking, which originated in South Louisiana’s bayou country, is hot and spicy and relies on easy-to-acquire ingredients. Creole food has a more citified style and developed in the Creole kitchens of New Orleans. Restaurants in Louisiana have developed a style of their own, at times combining Cajun and Creole influences to produce “Louisiana Cooking,” a truly original cuisine that relies on spicy sauces, fresh produce and seafood, and thick gravies.
The recipes in Chefs’ Secrets from Great Restaurants in Louisiana come from famous New Orleans restaurants as well as from carefully tucked-away country restaurants. You’ll learn the secrets of chefs from New Orleans’ exclusive Commander’s Palace, popular K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen, and Antoine’s, one of New Orleans’ oldest, most celebrated restaurants. Also included are recipes from Cafe Rani in Covington, Don’s Seafood in Lafayette, and The Oaks Plantation Restaurant, hidden on old River Road in Destrehan.
Try Creole Seafood Okra Gumbo from New Orleans’ famous Gumbo Shop, the Chicken Bienville from Bienville’s Courtyard, and K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen’s own recipe for their unique Chicken and Tasso Jambalaya. For the more adventurous, there’s Alligator Sauce Piquante from the Royal Restaurant and Pub in Jennings, and Le Lapin en Matelote (Rabbit Stew with Red Wine) from Begue’s.
And of course, who could resist the trout and shrimp dishes? Try Shrimp Chippewa from Mr. B’s, fillet of Trout Bayou Style from Sazerac, and Trout Meuniere from Ralph and Kacoo’s.
Dessert offerings include Bread Pudding with Whisky Sauce from the Bon Ton Cafe, and a delicious Almond Torte from Stephen and Martin.
Once Louisiana’s chefs have let you in to their confidence, you’re bound to spread the word.