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New Orleans Holiday Recipes

Brigtsen's gumbo (Photo: Rebecca Todd)

As the holidays roll around, so too does our need for delicious home cooked food. Luckily, we’ve got plenty of recipes to keep you satisfied during the most wonderful time of the year. Recreate New Orleans favorites like Seafood Gumbo, Red Beans & Rice, and Pralines in the comfort of your own home. Whether you’re hosting a dinner party or cooking just for yourself, these recipes will please just about anyone.

Seafood Gumbo

Nothing says the holidays like a warm cup of gumbo. The best part of our recipe is that it’s customizable – add oysters if you like, maybe some shrimp, fish, crabs – the combinations are endless.

Rosemary BBQ Shrimp from Rosedale (Photo: Paul Broussard)

BBQ Shrimp

The name may be misleading, as BBQ Shrimp has no correlation to barbecue but is instead a Creole-Italian dish. Drown those shrimps in butter, and season them well.

Crawfish Monica Recipe
Crawfish Monica at Jazz Fest is undoubtedly one of the most popular foods at the festival (Photo: Paul Broussard)

Crawfish Pasta

A Jazz Fest staple, Crawfish Pasta can usually only be enjoyed once a year in New Orleans. Our recipe is straight from Emeril’s kitchen and features a special blend of Creole spices.

Red Beans & Rice from Willie Mae’s Scotch House (Photo: Sorena Briley)

Red Beans and Rice

Red beans and rice are as synonymous with New Orleans as second lines and Jazz Fest, and everyone has their own way of preparing this iconic dish. Get this process started by soaking the beans overnight and pick the cooking back up in the morning.

Jambalaya (Photo: Paul Broussard)


Slow cooked and full of flavor, jambalaya is another quintessential New Orleans dish. Featuring the holy trinity of Cajun cuisine (onion, green bell pepper, and celery), this rice dish is one to be savored.

Bananas Foster from Commander’s Palace (Photo: Cheryl Gerber)

Bananas Foster

Save room for dessert and impress the crowd with your own Bananas Foster. This world-famous Brennan’s restaurant recipe features flambéed bananas served over vanilla ice cream.

Aunt Sally’s Pralines (Photo: Paul Broussard)


Fudgy and filled with pecans, pralines are melt-in-your-mouth delicious. It just takes a few simple ingredients to make this delectable dessert.

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