Easy and Tasty Mardi Gras Recipes
Mardi Gras is the last chance for believers to indulge in rich food before Lent, that’s why it’s no wonder that parties on the occasion are always fun and accompanied by the brightest and the most delicious dishes. How to celebrate Fat Tuesday and not die of fatigue getting ready for the event? Find the list of the best and the easiest ideas for your Mardi Gras party menu!
The people of New Orleans just love crawfish (or crayfish), and the state is famous for this appetizing meal. Small crustaceans used to prepare the dish remind of miniature lobsters. They live in fresh water only and are highly valued by the locals and the guests of the state for a lot of protein they contain. Boil them and serve with corn, potatoes and sausage.
Shrimp and Grits
This classic recipe is considered a Southern dish, but this is a great idea for Mardi Gras, too. Grits are cooked in milk and butter and then topped with Parmesan cheese. Your guests are sure to like the meal! To make it look more party-like decorate grits with Cajun shrimp.
Creole crab cakes are a wonderful example of New Orleans seafood and a good idea for seafood lovers. You can use either canned crab or crab legs for the dish – it will prove delicious anyway. Crab cakes can become a good appetizer for your Mardi Gras party if accompanied with a vegetable salad.
Mardi Gras is frequently called Pancake Tuesday, so why not to jump at the idea of cooking something themed for the holiday? Colored pancakes are a very popular dish for your party; to prepare them add a bit of food colors to the batter and you’ll see the awesome effect soon! Top the pancakes with sprinkles, frosting or berries.
This Cajun recipe is a traditional dish: rice is combined with stock and small meat pieces. The so-called Cajun holy trinity (onion, carrot, celery) is used for the meal as this mixture is rather popular in this region; you can vary it a bit adding bell pepper. Why is the rice called “dirty”? It turns brown in the process of cooking.
Red Beans and Rice
Do you have any pork dish leftovers? Then on Monday you can cook a special meal that is sure to suit your Mardi Gras party. Easy to make, nutritious and good-looking – this recipe is destined to win your heart and stomach!
This recipe was originally created in France and then migrated to the USA becoming its traditional dessert. These tiny appetizing American beignets are typically topped with caster sugar and served with a cup of coffee.
King cake is an integral part of every Mardi Gras in the U.S. This delectable dessert is usually decorated with icing and sprinkles of traditional holiday colors (gold, purple and green). When choosing the best filling for the dish think of something like nuts, chocolate, fruit or almond. The cake may be baked or even fried and is cooked in a ring shape.
What are your favorite recipes for the coming holiday? Share you best Mardi Gras food ideas in the commentaries!