Plan your Mardi Gras party with these classic New Orleans recipes including, Red Beans and Rice, Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce and of course, a traditional recipe for King Cake.
Mardi Gras is Tuesday, are you ready to celebrate?
If you can't make it to Mardi Gras this year, you can still celebrate at home. Traditionally, Mardi Gras day is the last day to indulge before Lent. Whether or not you observe Lent, Fat Tuesday is certainly a good time to indulge in some wonderful food.
Being originally from New Orleans, people always ask me when Mardi Gras is every year and if it's on the same day every year. It's actually not the same every year. It's kind of confusing but here's the basic run down - Mardi Gras is actually a season, not just a day. The Mardi Gras parades generally begin about a month or so before Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras Day). In order to know when Fat Tuesday is every year, you have to know when Easter will fall that year. Ash Wednesday is always 46 days before Easter and Fat Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday. Hope this helps!
Mardi Gras is my favorite time to go back home but since I live in Texas now, I don't get back as often as I'd like. Even so, I can still enjoy some of the classic recipes I grew up with. I've gathered up a few of my favorites from my recipe archives to share with you today. They're all tried and tested and loved by my family. When I make each of these recipes, I think of home.
New Orleans Style Red Beans and Rice - A classic New Orleans recipe for Red Beans and Rice made with red beans, spicy sausage, onions, garlic and green bell peppers. One of my family’s favorite meals!
New Orleans Style Bread Pudding With Whiskey Sauce For Two - Traditional New Orleans Style Bread Pudding made with French bread, milk, eggs, sugar and spices served with a rich and creamy Whiskey Sauce...
Mardi Gras Meringues - Celebrate the season of Mardi Gras with these festive Mardi Gras Meringues. With a crisp outer shell and slightly chewy center, these delicate cookies will melt in your mouth. Decorated with swirls of the Mardi Gras colors, these simple treats will bring a bit of the Fat Tuesday fun into your own home.
Crawfish Beignets With Remoulade Sauce - Crispy southern fried Crawfish Beignets with spicy Remoulade Sauce, a savory version of a Louisiana classic...
Seafood Stuffed Eggplant Casserole - Bring the wonderful flavors of Louisiana into your kitchen with this mouthwatering Seafood Stuffed Eggplant Casserole – thick pieces of shrimp, crabmeat, salty diced ham, and a mix of flavorful vegetables underneath a cheesy crusted topping.
Fried Bowtie Pasta– cooked pasta seasoned with cajun spices and fried. A crisp and tasty Louisiana snack served with a marinara dipping sauce.
Crustless Creole Quiche - loaded with shrimp, crawfish and ham. It’s perfect for dinner or brunch and is so tasty, you’ll never miss the crust!
Mint Julep - the traditional drink of the Kentucky Derby, but I have fond memories of enjoying Mint Juleps in the Quarter.
Pecan Pralines - Sweet, creamy, rich and loaded with pecans, these Pecan Pralines are Southern favorite…
New Orleans Muffuletta - This traditional New Orleans Muffuletta recipe is a favorite of ours. Layers of meats, cheese and a special olive salad piled high onto sturdy Italian bread.
Red Beans and Rice Casserole - All the rich flavors of traditional Red Beans and Rice are found in this easy and tasty baked casserole.
Pecan Praline Cookies - These delicious Pecan Praline Cookies are packed with chunks of buttery pralines, crunchy pecans and sweet chocolate chips.
Traditional Mardi Gras King Cake Recipe - cinnamon and sugar nestled between the layers of sweet dough, with a cream cheese filling, a sugar glaze and topped with colored sugar…