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DELI! Typical NOLA Dishes You Most Definitely Need To try Sooner 😋

New Orleans has different culture infused in it and so is its cuisine. It is a fusion of French, Spanish, West African, and Native American cuisine.

Here are native NOLA dishes you definitely should have a taste of whenever you visit.

Gumbo

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Invented in Louisiana during the 18th century, the word ‘gumbo’ stems from the term ‘gombo’, an African word meaning okra. This southern dish takes the form of a soup or stew and can be made with a variety of meats or fish, although the base of asic roux, okra or filé powder remains consistent.

Considered Creole cooking, the dish combines the traditions and ingredients of diverse world cultures including West Africa, France, Spain, Germany, and Choctaw – a Native American people originating from the land that is now Louisiana – and is representative of the diverse people that have come to form Louisiana tradition.

Meat-based gumbo may include chicken, duck, squirrel, or rabbit, while crab, shrimp and oysters would be standard ingredients for the seafood variety. The extensive ingredients and preparation time required for the dish mean that many choose to make it in bulk, and thus enjoying a pot of gumbo is often a social occasion.

Jambalaya

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The origins of Jambalaya are linked to Spanish arrival in the New World. The high import tax on saffron led to the development of creative interpretations of paella, initially replacing the beloved spice with juicy tomatoes in the typical Spanish food.

With the increased influence of French-speaking groups in New Orleans, Caribbean spices were introduced to the recipe, distancing it from its Spanish ties and transforming it into its own dish.

Like paella and gumbo, its rice base can be complemented with an array of ingredients; favorite options include beef, pork, chicken, duck, shrimp, oysters, crayfish, and sausage.

Creole Jambalaya, the version typically made in New Orleans, includes tomatoes, whereas Cajun Jambalaya, of Southwestern and Central Louisiana, does not. 

According to food historian John Eggerton, in Gonzales, Louisiana, the self-titled Jambalaya capital, the number of recipes is equal to the number of households in the city.

Po Boy

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As with many prized New Orleans foods, accounts vary regarding the birth of the po boy sandwich. The predominant tale holds that the sandwich was first served by former streetcar drivers and brothers Clovis and Benjamin Martin who opened a restaurant in the 1920s. 

When the city’s streetcar workers went on strike in 1929, the brothers demonstrated solidarity by producing an inexpensive sandwich with spare bits of meat and gravy on a French roll. 

When unemployed workers would come to buy their lunch, the kitchen staff would yell ‘Here comes another poor-boy!’, which soon became pronounced as po-boy. 

New Orleans’ most famous sandwich typically consists of meat, commonly roast beef, or fried seafood. 

Although many changes have been made to the early gravy and beef original, the po-boy remains the most inexpensive sandwich on the menu in restaurants that serve it.

Muffuletta

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The muffuletta sandwich is named after the round focaccia-like Sicilian bread that serves as its base.

Originating among early Italian communities in New Orleans, the bread is piled high with mortadella, salami, mozzarella, ham, provolone, and olive salad.

The first establishment to serve the muffuletta was Central Grocery, located in the French Quarter, which coined the name in 1904.

Marie Lup Tusa, daughter of the founder of Central Grocery, recalls Italian farmers coming to sell their goods at local shops and stopping for lunch at her father’s store.

These men would consistently order their sandwiches on either muffuletta or braided Italian bread, layered with all of the meats on offer in the deli.

The muffuletta bread was soon recognized as the softer option, and so the sandwich was born.

The original Central Grocery muffuletta is served cold, although other venues sometimes offer them toasted.

Beignets

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These fried dough squares, dusted with a healthy sprinkling of powdered sugar, are a New Orleans staple and a precursor to the doughnuts of today. The word beignet is both a Celtic term meaning ‘to raise’ and the French word for ‘fritter’.

The sweet treat has been connected to Mardi Gras in France since at least the 16th century, and the recipe was brought to New Orleans by French colonists in the 1700s.

Cafe du Monde in the French Quarter is the most famous place offering these puffy treats, which are historically served with a cafe au lait

   
   

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