Want to Celebrate the South? 8 Bold Recipes to Feel Festive at Home

Want to Celebrate the South? 8 Bold Recipes to Feel Festive at Home

Presented by Zatarain’s

Southern cooking has one universal ingredient: flavor, and lots of it.

Those of us who grew up with Lowcountry cuisine remember the aromas of rich, simmering stews and spicy rice dishes that came with Sunday night dinner.

Those tastes and smells don’t need to be confined to the past, or even to a special occasion. Whether you’re preparing for a holiday feast, neighborhood potluck, or a quiet night in, here are eight recipes that celebrate traditional Louisiana flavors.

Carnival Jambalaya

Jambalaya dates back to the 18th century and has since become a Louisiana classic. This Gluten-Free Carnival Jambalaya, made with Zatarain’s Jambalaya Mix, delivers bold creole flavor for the adventurous cook. Like many of Zatarain’s rice mixes, the Jambalaya Mix is made from enriched long grain parboiled rice, with no flavors or colors from artificial sources. For a fresh twist, consider subbing in your favorite veggies for sausage.

Dirty Rice Quiche

A quiche is a quick and easy weekday meal. Like Jambalaya, it can be adapted to your needs. This Dirty Rice Quiche delivers a delicious blend of cheesy broccoli in a traditional pie crust. For a lighter option, reduce the cheese, opt for low-fat milk, and pair the dish with a spring salad.

Dulac Dirty Rice Mini Frittatas

Dirty rice can be adapted into many satisfying recipes. These frittatas combine Zatarain’s Dirty Rice Mix with gluten-free pork sausage and a handful of veggies for a spicy, wholesome meal. Double the recipe and freeze your leftovers for some delicious frittata bites on the go.

Red Bean and Rice Salad

Sometimes a dish calls for more than just leafy greens on the side. Enter the Red Bean and Rice Salad, a fresh twist on a classic New Orleans dish. It combines Zatarain’s Red Bean and Rice mix with bell peppers, celery, and corn.

Shrimp and Veggie Cilantro Lime Rice

The Shrimp & Veggie Cilantro Lime Rice recipe toes the line between main course and side, making it a perfect potluck choice. It combines zesty lime, shrimp, and diced tomatoes in a savory one-skillet feast. Made from parboiled rice, this dish shows that a quick-to-prepare side can still be packed with flavor.

Garden Vegetable Rice and Turkey Stuffed Peppers

Another great party option, this stuffed pepper recipe brings a Louisiana twist to a classic dish. The savory mix of ground turkey, cheese, and red bell peppers practically melts in your mouth, giving you (and your guests) a satisfying spoonful of flavor with every bite.

Black Beans and Rice Burrito Bowl

It might not be a Southern classic, but this Black Beans & Rice Burrito Bowl is the perfect 30-minute meal. Chop some mango and avocado and combine with your rice mix and shrimp for a colorful and hearty meal. Our suggestion: Add shredded chicken, salsa, and cilantro to turn this into a tasty fajita bowl.

Gulf Coast Seafood Stew

This stew features a vibrant array of fresh, regional seafood with a light tomato and garlic base. Pair with Zatarain’s Spanish Rice for a delicious and comforting supper—perfect for Sunday night dinner!


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