Bring the flavors of the festivities to your kitchen with these traditional Mardi Gras recipes.
Make a Mardi Gras MenuIndulgent food, spiked drinks, and the famous King Cake (pictured here) can only mean one thing: you’re celebrating Mardi Gras. Whether you’re hosting a Mardi Gras party at home or simply serving a meal inspired by the festival, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite dishes. So choose the recipes you like, make a custom menu, and enjoy the same cuisine that’s being served in The Big Easy.
Hot Crawfish DipIn Louisiana, February means two things: Mardi Gras and crawfish. Two-thirds of all mudbugs are harvested this month. Most locals start with a boil (corn, sausage, and potatoes), but what's left goes into crawfish pie, and luscious appetizer dips.
Mini King CupcakesEvery good Mardi Gras party ends with a king cake, which traditionally holds a baby figurine inside that represents the Christ child. Whoever finds the baby enjoys good luck the following year--and must prepare the cake for next year's celebration. These miniatures are a twist on the classic dessert.
Cajun Bloody MaryFor a pretty presentation, rub the rims of glasses with lemon wedges, and dip in a mixture of black pepper and coarse salt.
New Orleans BeignetsEven if you can’t make it to New Orleans, these beignets will bring a taste of the city to you. French-inspired fritters are perfect for breakfast with a café au lait. The warm, doughy pastries will have you believing you are sitting in the famous Café du Monde in the French Quarter.
Blushing MimosasToast the festivities with mimosas during brunch. The pineapple juice and grenadine add a unique flavor and color to the traditional cocktail and are sure to impress guests.
“Big Easy” GumboGumbo is a staple that originated in Louisiana. This party favorite is great for serving a crowd, especially during carnival season. It's filled with chicken, shrimp, and andouille sausage, and the Creole seasoning gives the hearty gumbo bold flavor.
Easy Mini MuffulettasMuffulettas first originated in New Orleans on Sicilian bread. We’re adding our own spin to this classic by making it more snack-friendly for guests. Serve these sandwiches as part of a lunch buffet, and they will be eaten up in no time!
Jambalaya with Shrimp and Andouille SausageThis French- and Spanish-influenced dish has deep roots in Creole country. Our jambalaya is given a surf-and-turf feel with the combination of shrimp and andouille sausage. When served with rice, this 5-star dish is filling and fast (ready in less than 40 minutes).
Louisiana CrepesCrepes are a French treat that can be served for breakfast or dessert. The oranges and grapefruits in these Louisiana crepes help balance their sweetness. Sprinkle on powdered sugar, and voilà—a masterpiece!
SazeracAs New Orleans’ official cocktail, the Sazerac lives up to its name. Some still say Sazerac may have been News Orleans’ first cocktail, but whether this is true or not, the combination of flavors is what made it a classic. We hear the key to this drink is Peychaud's Bitters, but you’ll have to mix one up to find out.
Shrimp Po’ BoysFried shrimp and baguettes give a Southern feel to a French sandwich. Cayenne in the shrimp breading and Tabasco in the sauce give these po’ boys an extra kick.
Cheddar Cheese StrawsThese big-batch cheese straws are an ideal snack for a lively Mardi Gras party, and the recipe is simple because they can be made ahead. They have just the right amount of spice and cheesy flavor. Mix things up by turning them into cheese wafers.
Cajun Red Beans and RiceAdd some New Orleans flair to a meal by making red beans and rice, Cajun style. The red beans, andouille sausage links, and array of spices will fill your kitchen with the aroma of the city.
CalasOne of the signatures of a New Orleans-style dish is that it’s fried, and these calas are no exception. The original recipe, titled “Callers,” is featured in one of the city’s oldest cookbooks. These rice fritters are lighter than the original recipe and sprinkled with powdered sugar to give them a sweet touch.
Shrimp BoilPreparing this spicy Southern meal is a great way to bring everyone together. Make it a shrimp boil party by boiling the ingredients, dumping the mix onto paper sacks, and letting your guests eat straight off the table.
John’s Bananas FosterBananas Foster was invented in a New Orleans restaurant and is still a favorite dessert today. This quick dish combines sweet, warm bananas and ice cream. The only challenge is the flambé, but that just adds to the festive spirit of Mardi Gras!