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Serena Norr

Serena Norr

Posted: March 7, 2011 01:14 PM

5 Traditional New Orleans Soups for Mardi Gras



With Carnival almost over and Mardi Gras a day away (on March 8th), I have been thinking about the spicy and delicious food that party-goers are going to enjoy -- among a host of other festivities. Of course Jambalaya, Po-Boys and sweet Beignets are obvious choices but another traditional favorite is the hearty and delicious soups. As a meal or a side dish, "New Orleans offers the most distinctive collection of soups anywhere in the nation," according to Cajun Chef Ryan and this is obvious from the flavorful options of crawfish bisque, gumbo, and turtle soup. If you can't make it to Mardi Gras these recipes can also be easily made in the comfort of your own home - (check out the slideshow below for pictures and recipes).

Chicken and Shrimp Gumbo with Cayenne Corn Muffin Croutons
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A traditional take on this popular New Orleans soup/stew, this recipe by Seriously Soupy uses grilled shrimp, chicken, and turkey. This soup also has red and green peppers, green onions, carrots, tomato garlic, okra and nice kick from the paprika, chili powder, cayenne and red pepper flakes. The soup is complemented with Cayenne Corn Muffin Croutons.

Image Credit: Seriously Soupy
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