Essential New Orleans Ingredients

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New Orleans has an incredibly rich culinary history, and is home to all sorts of wonderful food, much of which is emblematic of and even unique to the city. From Cajun and Creole cooking's jambalaya and gumbo to French beignets and Sicilian muffulettas, the Big Easy is full of delicious dishes, which are built on equally delicious ingredients. A full list of NOLA pantry staples would be long indeed (flour for making roux, of course, and red beans and rice...), but let's take a look at some of the more uncommon building blocks of New Orleans cuisine—plus, some that are more widely known but still deeply important to the city's food (and drinks). —Jen Wheeler