New Orleans-Inspired Recipes for Your Mardi Gras Party
Are you ready to put the fat in Fat Tuesday? No Mardi Gras party is complete without New Orleans-inspired cuisine that makes the holiday worth celebrating in the first place. From hearty jambalayas to spicy gumbos, kick things up a notch with the robust Cajun flavors deserving of all the beads.
Crab & Andouille Jambalaya
If the struggle to decide on Louisiana-inspired dishes is real, make a jambalaya. It's got a wide variety of ingredients that can please any picky palate. Seafood? Yes. Meat? Sure. Vegetables? You got it. Rice? Duh. You really can't go wrong. Click here for the recipe.
Convinced that Oysters Rockefeller originated in New York? Fugetaboutit! The butter and garlic-heavy app made its debut at New Orleans' Antoine's Restaurant in 1899. Click here for the recipe.
Cheese Fries with Crayfish and Gravy
A crayfish boil can require a lot of time, energy and patience. Crayfish meat on top of fries with cheese and gravy is less of a commitment, but even more drool-inducing. Click here for the recipe.
Andouille Sausage Bread Pudding
Smoked sausage and bread pudding are both New Orleans staples. Combine the two to get this savory dish that will also cushion the one-too-many Sazeracs. Click here for the recipe.
Shrimp & Cheese Grits
You can't celebrate Mardi Gras without serving grits. And with grits, the possibilites are truly endless. This particular recipe has shrimp, peppers, bacon and white wine. That's something you can't whine about. Click here for the recipe.
It's like walking into an Italian deli and asking them to put every amazing cured meat, olive and pickled vegetable on a sandwich. The results: sodium heaven. Click here for the recipe.
Chicken and Okra Gumbo
Never say no to gumbo, especially this chicken and okra variety. Your guests will ditch their spoons and fight over the ladel. Click here for the recipe.
It may look intimidating to say, but it's not intimidating to eat. In fact, your guests may need to be rolled out of your house and back into their cars after devouring too much of the famous tomato-based recipe. Click here for the recipe.
Red Beans & Rice
You really can't go wrong with serving traditional red beans and rice at any get-together. The magical fruit paired with the world's most popular carb is essentially foolproof. Click here for the recipe.
If you're not ordering a King Cake and you're intimidated by bananas foster, beignets are way to go. Combining the dough with a ground coffee and chicory blend will give these even more of a New Orleans flair (and an excuse to ditch post-meal lattes in favor of more food). Click here for the recipe.