There is not a doubt in the world that people come to Louisiana from all over the world for our delicious cuisine. We do love to eat! Only in Louisiana has reminded me of some favorite eats that not only are made right here, but have managed to become staples of our everyday lives.

But do you know what foods Louisiana is most famous for serving? I'm betting you do, but pass this along to your out of state friends who might or might not be planning a trip to the Bayou State for Mardi Gras. Happy eating, y'all!

  • Red Beans and Rice - traditionally served on Mondays, but we'll take this New Orleans staple any day of the week
  • Jambalaya - seafood, pork, chicken and sausage - all made with rice and seasonings, and we have a hard time choosing our faves
  • Meat Pies - made famous in Natchitoches, and wildly popular in central Louisiana
  • Beignets - no trip to the Pelican State would be complete without a stop at Cafe du Monde in New Orleans, where people wait in line for hours for these puffs of dough covered in powdered sugar
  • Coffee with Chicory - also made famous at Cafe du Monde, and delish served alongside those beignets
  • Boiled Crawfish - every respectable Louisiana citizen hoards newspaper year round for those crawfish boils in the back yard
  • Gumbo - this might be the most famous Louisiana dish of all. And recipes vary wildly across the state. Traditionally served with seafood, or chicken and sausage
  • King Cake - the official dessert of Mardi Gras, and in some places it's not a cake at all. Always served with the traditional Mardi Gras colors of gold, purple, and green icing or sugar
  • Po Boy - the official sandwich of our beautiful state. Meat, fried seafood, meatballs, sausage, or any combination of those can be a tasty dinner. If you want it 'dressed' that means you get lettuce, mayo, tomato and sometimes pickles
  • Crawfish Etouffee - classic dish that has many variations, but always made with the 'trinity' - onions, bell peppers, and celery, and served over rice
  • Boudin - seafood, pork or meat with rice, and stuffed in a casing. This is a cajun delicacy that has recently expanded to include deep fried boudin balls in the last couple of years
  • Pralines - the unofficial sweet treat of our state, with origins going back to French settlers who brought pecans to the south.
  • Muffuletta - huge sandwich served with deli meats and cheeses and olive relish on a sesame seed round french bun. Made famous at Central Grocery Store in New Orleans' French Quarter

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