Louis Armstrong’s Top 10 Favorite Foods
The "What a Wonderful World" singer had a voracious appetite for rib-sticking dishes.
1 / 10rice and beans that he often concluded his handwritten letters with “Red Beans and Rice-ly Yours.” The phrase would also become the title of one of his final albums.
3 / 10spaghetti that he didn’t like! In one iconic photo, he tackles a cascade of ‘ghetti with a spoon and fork while inhaling a mouthful.
4 / 10roux.
5 / 10matzos that Armstrong’s wife, Lucille, always kept some in the cupboard. You can snack on the crackers or use the crumbs to make this matzo ball soup.
6 / 10hamburger. He often told a joke about ordering one so often that a waitress tried to deter him by crossing it off a menu!
7 / 10dip? The “Struttin’ with Some Barbecue” singer fancied himself Louisiana caviar, which is a mix of black-eyed peas, jalapeno and bell peppers splashed with Italian dressing. You can try a similar recipe from the Lone Star State.
9 / 10fried chicken was also a favorite of Louis Armstrong. But to be fair, isn’t it everyone’s favorite?
10 / 10trout sprinkled with parsley and dotted with capers was also high on Armstrong’s list of favorite foods. While Chartres Street is located in the heart of New Orleans’ French Quarter, you don’t have to hop on a flight to try the dish. Just whip up this similar crispy baked tilapia.
Originally Published: January 28, 2022