Picadillo is a popular recipe in Spanish-speaking countries. Classic ingredients include ground pork and beef or veal with tomatoes, garlic and onion. Cubans serve this picadillo with black beans and rice; Mexicans use picadillo as a stuffing.
Ever since African slaves brought okra from Ethiopia to the American South, the bright green pods have been an integral part of Southern cuisine and culture. Okra's cooking juices are an effective thickener, and it stars in classic New Orleans gumbo. Use fresh or frozen okra in this recipe.
For a menu with true Southern flair, add cooked greens and pass a basket of warm cornbread or corn muffins. Serve tall glasses of iced tea to drink. pecan pie or pralines are the perfect Louisiana finale.