Cajun and Creole

Cajun and Creole cuisines both have French origins and are popularly associated with the American South, most notably throughout Louisiana. The terms “Cajun” and “Creole” are often used interchangeably, though they are two different culinary styles that have their own flavor profiles and favored cooking techniques. Cajun food, with deep-seated country roots, is often meaty, smoky, and spiked with lots of black pepper. Creole cooking is more associated with cities, so its flavor often comes from butter, aromatic vegetables, and fragrant herbs. Before your next fais do do, take a look at these Cajun and Creole recipes and have a taste of ça c'est bon American cooking.

Vegetarian Gumbo with Vegan Andouille Meatballs
Gumbo is one of the most famous, most recognizable dishes to come out of Louisiana. It is to Louisiana what chili is to Texas- a signature of the culture, and a source of pride.
Dirty Vegetarian Farro
Dirty Rice is a traditional dish found in the South, specifically Louisianna.
Chicken Muffuletta
Most states lay claim to a signature sandwich. Philadelphia, of course has the Philly cheesesteak.
Creole Sausage and Peppers
This dish is easy to prepare and can be served alone or over rice. Andouille sausage, a spicy pork sausage, is used in most Creole cooking recipes.
Cajun Grilled Sweet Potatoes
Having lived in New Orleans for a few years, we are particularly partial to Cajun/Creol
Crispy Cajun Chicken
One of the great advantages we've had throughout the years is being able to live in different parts of the country.
Blackened Chicken
To perfect the blackening technique for food, you must be prepared for a lot smoke and sometimes a few flames.
Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya
Jambalaya is a popular dish in Louisiana that has both French and Spanish influence.
Shrimp and Crabmeat Etouffee
We love the time of year when Mardi Gras starts to draw near, as it brings back a flood of wonderful memories of our years spent in this spectacular city at the mouth of the Mississippi.
Red Beans and Rice
There is just something about cold weather and a big pot of beans. There are many bean recipes, but one of my very favorites is red beans and rice.
Chicken and Sausage Gumbo
This gumbo recipe takes a little work, but it is well worth it. You'll end up with a very hearty meal with the flavors and spices of the New Orleans area.