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Do You Actually Know What Cajun Food Is?

Do you know your gumbo from your jambalaya?

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  1. What's a po' boy?
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    A sandwich
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    A sausage
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    A stew
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    A fritter
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    A po' boy is a traditional sandwich from Louisiana.

    It's served on a soft baguette-like bread and topped with either roast beef or fried seafood (usually breaded shrimp). Learn how to make it here.

    A po' boy is a traditional sandwich from Louisiana.
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  2. What's a roux made out of?
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    Flour and butter
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    Cornstarch and water
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    Flour and milk
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    Flour and water
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    Roux is a cooked mixture of flour and fat (usually butter).

    It's an integral part of Creole and Cajun dishes, and provides a nutty depth of flavor. Learn how to make it here.

    Roux is a cooked mixture of flour and fat (usually butter).
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  3. Which ingredient is not part of the holy trinity?
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    Onion
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    Bell pepper
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    Celery
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    Carrot
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    The holy trinity of Cajun cooking consists of bell pepper, celery, and onion.

    Just think of it as the mirepoix of Cajun cuisine! Learn how to make it here.

    The holy trinity of Cajun cooking consists of bell pepper, celery, and onion.
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  4. Which ingredient is least likely to be in a gumbo?
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    Okra
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    Onion
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    Eggplant
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    Bell pepper
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    Gumbo is a traditional stew made from the holy trinity, roux, and a variety of meats and vegetables.

    It's bursting with flavor and one of the most iconic Louisiana dishes. Learn how to make it here.

    Gumbo is a traditional stew made from the holy trinity, roux, and a variety of meats and vegetables.
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  5. What's another word for merliton?
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    Shrimp
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    Chayote
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    Filé
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    Okra
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    Merliton is another name for chayote.

    It's a pear-shaped squash commonly used in Cajun stews, salads, and stuffed with seafood. Learn more about them here.

    Merliton is another name for chayote.
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  6. Boudin refers to what?
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    Soup
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    Bread
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    Rabbit
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    Sausage
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    Boudin is the name of a variety of sausages typically made with pork, rice, and spices.

    Boudin noir is a special variety that is darker in color and made with pork blood. Learn how to make the traditional version here.

    Boudin is the name of a variety of sausages typically made with pork, rice, and spices.
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  7. What special item is sometimes hidden in a king cake?
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    A gold coin
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    A cinnamon stick
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    A plastic baby
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    A boiled egg
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    Tiny plastic babies are sometimes hidden in king cakes...

    And finding it in your slice is a sign of good luck! Learn how to make the celebratory cake here.

    Tiny plastic babies are sometimes hidden in king cakes...
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  8. What are calas?
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    Dumplings
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    Clams
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    Fried oysters
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    Dinner rolls
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    Calas are fried dumplings made out of rice, yeast, sugar, eggs, and flour.

    They are typically served at breakfast with a dusting of powdered sugar. Learn how to make them here.

    Calas are fried dumplings made out of rice, yeast, sugar, eggs, and flour.
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  9. Which New Orleans restaurant is known for their beignets?
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    Herby K's
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    Café du Monde
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    Antoine's Restaurant
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    Jacques-Imo's
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    Café du Monde is a famous restaurant in New Orleans known for their beignets.

    It's an iconic food destination famous for their traditional fried dough squares topped with a mountain of powdered sugar.

    Café du Monde is a famous restaurant in New Orleans known for their beignets.
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