Holy trinity (cuisine)
The holy trinity, Cajun holy trinity, or holy trinity of Cajun cooking consists of onions, bell peppers and celery, the base for much of the cooking in the regional cuisines of Louisiana. The preparation of Cajun/Creole dishes such as étouffée, gumbo, and jambalaya all start from this base.
The holy trinity is the Cajun and Louisiana Creole variant of mirepoix; traditional mirepoix is two parts onions, one part carrots, and one part celery, whereas the holy trinity is typically equal measures of the three ingredients or two parts onions, one part celery, and one part green bell pepper.
Origin of the name
- Patricia Perrine, "Louisiana French Foodways: The Perpetuation of Ethnicity in the Lafourche Area", North American Culture 2:7 (1985) Google Books
- "Kitchen Basics: Mirepoix vs. Holy Trinity".
- Craig Claiborne, "Claiborne Shares 'Catfish Memories'", Florence Times, November 26, 1981, p. 20 Google News
- Craig Claiborne, A feast made for laughter, 1982, p. 30 Google Books
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