Mardi Gras (French for “Fat Tuesday”), is a traditional Catholic's last chance to cut loose before Ash Wednesday. After that it's the start of Lent, and abstaining from some uh... beaded activities.
In the U.S. south where the French first got a foothold on this land, the population mixed their christian traditions with those of the people of the tropical islands who were brought here to serve as slaves. From that cultural soup rose up the rowdy and colorful celebration we call Mardi Gras, and all the great food that goes with it! To help you celebrate we put together some classic recipes from Brazil and New Orleans. Enjoy!
Bourbon Street Chicken In Slow Cooker
Combine chicken thighs with sweet, sour, and fiery ingredients to make a mouthwatering and satisfying dish. Minced garlic cloves & ginger bring spices and ketchup and brown sugar add sweetness along with apple juice. Soy sauce, cider vinegar and red pepper flakes bring tang, depth and heat to the dish. Lay the results on a bed of white rice and garnish with fresh green onions. Recipe is by
Mardi Gras Recipes - How to Make Beignets
This classic dessert is famous in New Orleans and is so delicious that it makes hardcore Mardi Gras followers go even more wild when the scent of these yeasty and fried delights wafts past their nostrils.
Allrecipes shares the how-to.
Best Cajun Pasta Recipe
Petite diced tomatoes, green peppers, onion, and celery are the base of this great Cajun dish. But don't forget the shrimp and sausage!
The Bald Chef shares the recipe.
Brazilian Dessert Pave de Amendoim - Peanut Pave Recipe
Maria Cookies make the skeleton of this amazingly rich dessert with 2 sticks of butter, sugar, table cream, and sweetened condensed milk creating the creamy filling. Mix in a jar of unsalted peanuts and you have created a classic Brazilian Mardi Gras treat! YouTube's nursevsfood has the recipe.
Feijoada Brazilian Black Bean Stew
Theo Michaels takes us through the steps for making this gorgeously dark and meaty black bean stew. With five kinds of meat, lots of spices, rich black beans this recipe is a show stopper! Click on the link for the written recipe below the video.
Shrimp & Crab Stuffed Fish With Lobster Gravy
BBQ Pit Boys get us in the mood for Mardi Gras with barbecued fish stuffed with seafood. (There is a two part video series for this recipe so click in the link to take you to both.) You're gonna' love this one!
How to make New Orleans Gumbo
What's New Orleans without Gumbo? In this video, New Orleans native
Charlie Andrews show us how to make this delicious gumbo using two kinds of stock, roux, and okra, plus shrimp, crabs, smoked sausage, hot Sausage, and gizzards!
Mardi Gras Recipes - How to Make King Cake
In this classic Mardi Gras celebration cake, a baby is hidden inside and the one who gets that slice wins the privilege of hosting the next Mardi Gras party! The recipe is by Jo of
How To Make Grilled Cajun Chicken Wings
The Wolfe Pit we get all the tips we need to know to make these crispy and spicy Cajun chicken wings with a tasty homemade remoulade dipping sauce. These look absolutely perfect!
Mardi Gras Recipes - How To Make Muffuletta
Made on fresh Italian bread sprinkled with sesame seed this meat and cheese sandwich with chopped olive salad has become a New Orleans classic and it's a quick and easy recipe for a busy day of Mardi Gras.
Jenn of Allrecipes shares the recipe.
Rockin' Oysters Rockefeller
Cassandra Kennedy of
Allrecipes shares her recipe for this rich and delicious dish loaded with cheeses, oysters on the half shell, and spinach. Add the right amount of spices and garlic for a truly scrumptious celebration dish!