Creole Classics, Veg Style

Creole Eggplant Soup

Creole Eggplant soup recipe

From an old Creole recipe, this offbeat eggplant soup was a  favorite discovery on a trip to New Orleans many years ago. It makes a wonderfully warming soup for winter or early spring. It’s believed that the soup originated locally due to the abundance of the eggplant crop in the region. more→

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Dirty Rice, Vegan Style

Brown rice

Traditionally, what makes Creole “dirty rice” dirty is the addition of fowl gizzards. Um, no thanks. Chopped eggplant, a Louisiana crop, takes its place in this super-satisfying veggie version. Not spicy in itself, but you can make it that way. That’s what Tabasco is for. Photo by K. Buntu. more→

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Creole Stuffed Eggplant

Eggplants in a basket

This delicious stuffed eggplant dish is inspire by recipes I came across in old Creole cookbooks. more→

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Creole Orange Rice

Clementines

Here’s a light and lilting rice old New Orleans side dish, abounding with a symphony of citrus notes  — orange juice, orange zest, and tiny orange sections. more→

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Creole Corn Maque Choux

Fresh Corn On Wooden table

Here’s a classic combo of corn, bell peppers, and tomatoes, creole syle. This veggie side dish was adapted by Creole cooks from a dish made by the Native Americans who populated southwest Louisiana. Adapted from Great American Vegetarian. more→

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New Orleans Red Beans and Rice

Kidney Beans

If one had to choose a single truly characteristic dish of New Orleans, it would be hard to come up with one more renowned than red beans and rice. A dish that has been around long enough to have become established in local folklore, it’s also one that even today, graces many New Orleans restaurant menus. Vegetarians visiting New Orleans should be aware that “red and white,” as it has come to be known, is often made with spicy smoked sausage. more→

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Vegan Jambalaya

Brown rice in spoon

Spicy bits of vegan sausage lend an authentic flair to this simple vegetarian take on a Creole-Cajun classic. Serve with any type of coleslaw and fresh corn bread for a hearty, satisfying dinner. Adapted from Great American Vegetarian. more→

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