EJ Lagasse, son of famous chef Emeril Lagasse, reveals the pantry essentials he always has on hand. Lagasse emphasizes the importance of Portuguese olive oil, honoring his family's heritage. Portuguese olive oil, known for its quality and distinct flavors, has gained recognition as one of Europe's top producers. Lagasse also keeps red beans, a New Orleans specialty, for making traditional red beans and rice. He opts for dry beans and rice, which have a longer shelf life and enhance the taste. Lastly, Lagasse loves Calabrian chilies for adding a spicy and smoky flavor to his dishes.