Traditional Louisiana Holiday Recipes

It’s hard to think of a better place to be than Louisiana when it comes time to sit down for a holiday dinner, and we do our best to provide you with the Baton Rouge furniture rental you need to be comfortable during this special season. If you’re visiting or temporarily living in the Pelican State this winter, take this opportunity to incorporate some Cajun influences into your cooking. Ask local friends and neighbors for their favorite recipes, and check out our must-eat picks below.

Spicy Crawfish Cornbread

If you’re a seafood fan and you’ve been in Louisiana for more than a few hours, you’ve probably already indulged in a crawfish dish or two. There are plenty of different ways to prepare crawfish to keep things interesting, and one creative holiday option is spicy crawfish cornbread. Savory shrimp and cornmeal get a kick from jalapenos and cheddar cheese, making this a memorable way to start your feast. Get the recipe here.

Stir Fried Cajun Green Beans

Indulgent, carb-heavy holiday dinners need some balance in the form of a vegetable side, but that doesn’t mean your vegetables have to be boring. Stir fried green beans are a simple but satisfying choice, and you can add some garlic and Cajun spices to the pan to get a bolder flavor. This is the kind of dish that you can season to taste, but you can also follow specific instructions if you prefer.

Andouille Sausage, Shrimp, and Cheesy Grits

Grits are a favorite comfort food in many Southern households, but the grainy dish tends to baffle Northerners. No matter where you originally come from, though, you’d be hard-pressed to turn down grits that incorporate Andouille sausage, fresh Gulf shrimp, and cheese. Try this recipe, which incorporates fresh Asiago.

Creole Gumbo

Louisiana holiday gumbo

Good gumbo is more art than science; in fact, some families like to throw in extra ingredients such as boiled eggs or whole sweet potatoes. And many gumbo purists don’t write their recipes down, but rather follow the instructions that have been passed down by their parents. Fortunately, it’s still possible to find a traditional Creole gumbo recipe online, so you and your family can enjoy this dish with your holiday dinner even if it’s completely new to you.

New Orleans Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce

No holiday meal is complete without dessert, but why not swap out the usual cakes and pies for a traditional Creole bread pudding? To make bread pudding, you’ll need to soak bread (it’s okay if it’s old—this recipe was originally designed with stale bread in mind) in a batter of eggs and spices. Next, you’ll bake it and top it with a bourbon sauce. If you’re not a fan of bourbon, you can also make bread pudding with a rum sauce.

Work on your Creole cooking this year while you’re in the heart of Cajun Country, and you’ll be able to bring some of these recipes with you next holiday season, wherever you happen to be.