You don’t need to wait ’til Mardi Gras to bring a little bit of New Orleans flavor into your home. These 16 zesty recipes are worth celebrating all year long. From sweet beignets to savory gumbos, there’s no doubt that this cuisine knows how to throw your taste buds a party. Get out that shaker of powdered sugar and your stash of hot sauce — it’s time to cook Big Easy-style.


1. Shrimp Po’ Boy: You’ll be stuffing yourself with these well-seasoned, spicy shrimp sandwiches in no time at all. (via Bev Cooks)


2. One-Pot Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya: Made with brown rice, this Cajun-style jambalaya is sure to keep you satisfied even longer than most. We’re talking one serious, stick-to-your-ribs rice bowl. (via Gather + Dine)


3. Beignet Ice Cream Sandwiches: A little place by the name of Cafe du Monde is famous for its beignets and cafe au laits; these ice cream sandwiches cleverly fuse the two elements together into one sweet homage. (via Glazed and Confused)


4. Classic Chicken Sausage Gumbo: A triplicate of thickening ingredients — mahogany roux, filé powder and okra — team up to give this gumbo its characteristic silky texture and outstanding flavor. Stir up a big pot the next time you’re in need of a hearty bowlful of something hot, and you’re all chili-ed out. (via Saveur)


5. Lobster Étouffée: A cross between lobster and prawns, langostinos add a dash of elegance to this mouthwatering one-pot dish. (via Foodie Crush)


6. Muffaletta: Loaded with slices of assorted salumi, provolone and a briny olive salad, this classic New Orleans sandwich is a real treat. (via Food52)


7. New Orleans Red Beans + Rice: Beans and rice are a budget-friendly combo, and this dish flavored with sausage and ham proves that it doesn’t have to be boring. Whatever you do, don’t forget the hot sauce. (via Hungry Cravings)


8. Oyster Po’ Boy: Made with a sweet Hawaiian roll and Sriracha-spiced mayo, this isn’t the most traditional po’ boy out there. But no question, the fusion will be a delicious one. (via The Egg Farm)


9. Duck Fat Beignets: A pinch of cayenne pepper and duck fat take this batch of beignets in a welcome savory direction. Don’t worry, they’re still delicious doused in powdered sugar. (via Southern Soufflé)


10. Gumbo-laya: This tasty fusion of gumbo and jambalaya manages to taste even better a few days after you make it. In other words: leftovers you’ll actually love as-is. (via The Cozy Apron)


11. Summer Lentil Okra Gumbo (Vegan, Gluten-Free): A hefty dose of lentils and okra make this vegan stew just as filling as its meaty counterparts. (via Will Frolic for Food)


12. Crawfish Étouffée: Spoon this saucy crawfish dish over steamed rice and dig in — every bite will bring you straight to the bayou. (via Thyme)


13. Classic Bananas Foster: Boozy, buttery and blazing, these flambéed bananas are beyond amazing served with a scoop of ice cream. (via Saveur)


14. Dirty Fried Rice: Now this is some offal-y good rice. Once all the flavors mingle, you won’t be able to tell that it’s made with chicken livers — they simply add a nice, rich savoriness to the dish. (via Bon Appétit)


15. Ramos Gin Fizz: Raw egg white and a whole lot of shakin’ are the keys to making the frothy layer atop this refreshing cocktail. After just one sip, you’ll be transported to Bourbon Street. (via Cocktail Society)


16. Oysters Rockefeller: Take oysters to the next level by topping them off with butter, breadcrumbs and a host of seasonings. (via Picture-Perfect Meals)

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