Food & Drink Magazine

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Arnaud’s Meat Pies

By @Eater30A


New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Arnaud’s Meat Pies

Arnaud's Meat Pie Photo: Arnaud's

Jazz Fest is April 27 to May 6, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival began in 1970, with 350 people in attendance.  By 1975 and with many headliners, attendance grew to 80,000. I started going to the Jazz Fest in the early 1980′s.

In the 1980s, Jazz Fest continued to experience a tremendous growth in popularity and began to gain wide acclaim as one of the world’s greatest cultural celebrations. By the end of the decade, more than 300,000 people attended the Heritage Fair, evening concerts, and workshops. The 1989 Festival marked the 20th annual event, which was commemorated with a classic poster featuring Fats Domino, ushering in an era during which the poster would celebrate many of Louisiana’s music legends with iconic portraits.

By 2001, the Festival celebrated Louis Armstrong’s centennial, and the total attendance eclipsed 650,000, shattering records for virtually every day of the Heritage Fair, including the all-time single-day attendance record of 160,000. Wein’s prediction that New Orleans would become the first city of jazz festivals had clearly come true.

Inspired by the spirit of Mahalia Jackson and the Eureka Brass Band back in 1970, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival continues to celebrate the culture of Louisiana with the combined fervor of a gospel hymn and the joy of a jazz parade.

Click here for tickets.

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Arnaud’s Meat Pies

Jazz Fest Crowd

Food is a huge part of Jazz Fest, with many local chefs in the line up to show off their culinary skills on the Food Heritage Stage. Chef Donald Link of Herbsaint and Cochon, Susan Spicer of Bayona and Mondo, and Michael Gottleib of Red Fish Grill are just of view of the many talented chefs presenting culinary delights this year. Click here for the Food of The Heritage Stage.

Meat Pies are a big hit at the Jazz Fest Food Booths, as they are a popular eat-in-hand snack, making it easy for wandering around the music stages. Arnaud’s meat pie recipe is quick, and easy, making a wonderful snack or meal. The recipe calls for purchased puff pastry and commercial hot pork sausage combined with ingredients found in every pantry.

If you can’t make it to the Jazz Fest, put on some Fats Domino, Irma Thomas, Wynton Marsailis, Dr. John or you favorite Jazz tunes and create these delicious meat pies for your own festival at home. Follow Arnaud’s on twitter at @arnaudsnola to get more great classic Creole recipes like this one.

Arnaud’s, open since 1918,  is located in the heart of the French Quarter steps from Bourbon Street at 1813 Rue Bienville, and is open at 6pm, seven nights a week. Remoulade, located at 309 Bourbon, is the casual side of Arnaud’s offering spectacular dishes from 11:30 am to 11 p.m., and also boasts a fresh raw oyster bar. For more information, or reservations, call 504-523-5433.

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Arnaud’s Meat Pies

Jazz Fest Musician

Arnaud’s Meat Pie


½ lb pound hot breakfast sausage and ½ lb ground beef

1 medium onion, finely diced

½ medium red bell pepper, finely diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 small Louisiana yam, (or sweet potato) peeled and coarsely grated

1 teaspoon fresh basil, chopped

¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

¼ teaspoon cracked black pepper

¼ teaspoon white pepper

2 teaspoons Worcestershire Sauce

3 sheets puff pastry, 9×9 inches, from the grocery freezer section

1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon of water for egg wash


Place a large skillet over medium heat and sauté the meat, crumbling it into small pieces as it cooks. Remove from pan and drain on paper towels. Drain all but 1 tablespoon of fat from the pan and add the onions, bell pepper and garlic and cook until soft. Add the grated yam and cook 10 to 15 minutes. Add the basil, pepper and Worcestershire and stir well. Remove from heat. Taste and adjust seasoning.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

On a lightly floured surface, roll out the puff pastry to 1/8 inch thickness. Using a 4-inch plate as a guide, trace and cut out 4 circles of pastry from each of the 3 sheets. Transfer the 12 pastry circles to 2 parchment-lined baking sheets. Place a heaping tablespoon of filling and press with fingers or the tines of a fork to seal securely. Brush each pie lightly with egg wash.

Bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown.


Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • Influential Conservation Papers of 2015

    Influential Conservation Papers 2015

    As I did last year and the year before, here’s another arbitrary, retrospective list of the top 20 influential conservation papers of 2015 as assessed via... Read more

    By  Bradshaw
  • In Defense of Finn/Poe

    Defense Finn/Poe

    [Star Wars spoilers ahead] Having now seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens four times in eight days, I’m thoroughly obsessed with the movie and have become... Read more

    By  Brute Reason
  • Roatan Review: Barefoot Cay & Barefoot Divers

    Roatan Review: Barefoot Divers

    There's only one place I recommend to travelers looking for the absolute ultimate in luxury during their stay on Roatan, and that's Barefoot Cay Resort. A... Read more

    By  Cubiclethrowdown
  • Don't Be "The Isolator" Christian

    Don't "The Isolator" Christian

    Contrary to popular current sentiment, from those who condescend about "religion" and "the church" and its "hypocrites," and claim to be able to "do God" on... Read more

    By  Elizabethprata
  • San Vicente Marine Sanctuary: A Developing Success in Marine Conservation

    Vicente Marine Sanctuary: Developing Success Conservation

    Have you ever observed something in progress? While evidence of man-made progress is generally observable, Mother Nature takes a rather slow, gradual, and... Read more

    By  Adrenaline Romance
  • Social Saturdays Volume 12

    Social Saturdays Volume

    Have no fear, because in between seeing Star Wars and setting up Grinch traps, our staff this holiday week has not forsaken the vast frozen tundra of the world... Read more

    By  Christopher De Voss
  • #ForeverThere


    For more hashtag stories, stalk me on - Facebook, Twitter and Instagram Read more

    The 07 February 2016 by   Sarusinghal