Mardi Gras Recipes

Can't make it to New Orleans this year? Celebrate Mardi Gras from home with these gumbos, jambalayas, soups, and more. Each dish offers some Cajun flair, whether it's a traditional Mardi Gras recipe or inspired by Louisiana restaurants.

Red Beans Creole

Let your slow cooker do the work! After simmering all day, red beans and rice get a spicy Cajun kick.

Cajun-Stuffed Baby Sweet Peppers

Instead of chopping sweet peppers, fill them with crab and cream cheese. Voila! Traditional Mardi Gras flavor served in a nontraditional way.

Cajun Sausage-Potato Soup

Looking for an easy way to serve some Cajun flavor? Look no further. This six-ingredient soup features andouille sausage and Cajun seasoning, and it takes 30 minutes start to finish.

King's Cake

Decorated in traditional Mardi Gras colors of purple, green, and yellow, king cake is first served on January 6, the Twelfth Night. Whoever gets the hidden token (in this case a pecan) in his or her piece becomes the king or queen for the week and bakes another king cake. This festive ritual continues each week until Mardi Gras, the day before Lent.

Catfish Po'Boys

Melted Monterey Jack cheese and sweet-and-spicy peppers take fried catfish fillets from ho-hum to simply delicious.

Cajun Chicken with Red Beans

Cajun-seasoned chicken and red beans are served over a bed of Louisana's favorite trio (celery, green sweet pepper, and onion).

Cajun Snapper with Red Beans and Rice

Cajun seasoning, lemon peel, and parsley spice up fresh snapper. Red beans and long grain rice complete the dish.

French Market Beignets

Often served as breakfast in New Orleans, these fried dough pastries are deliciously sweet when topped with powdered sugar. They're best eaten fresh, so come get 'em while they're hot!

Cajun-Seasoned Vegetarian Gumbo

Thanks to the tons of black beans, stir-fry veggies, and okra, you won't even notice there's no meat.

Baked Cajun Seafood and Rice

Your favorite Cajun ingredients (shrimp, green sweet pepper, onion, rice, etc.) combined into one dish.

Black-Eyed Pea Jambalaya

This hearty dish will fill you up thanks to Cajun-spiced veggies, andouille, chicken, and stewed tomatoes.

Lemon Icebox Pie

New Orleans restaurant Clancy's is known for its signature lemon icebox pie. Can't make it to Louisana? Make your own.

Sausage Jambalaya

This classic Cajun dish can be made in 30 minutes. Up the red pepper or chili pepper (or both) if you like your food extra spicy.

White Chocolate Bread Pudding with Hard Sauce

Bread pudding served with a smooth, rich whiskey sauce is a New Orleans classic -- it's almost impossible to resist.

Chicken and Shrimp Jambalaya

Try this slow-cooked take on the traditional Creole-style red jambalaya -- a slightly spicy, tomato-base stew of shrimp, chicken, and rice.

Grilled Cajun Chicken Sandwich

This grilled Cajun chicken sandwich recipe makes a quick, easy, and delicious meal for any occasion.

Cajun Crawfish Etouffee

Etouffee means "smothered" in French, which is a Cajun and Creole tecnique of cooking veggies or meat in a small amount of liquid in a covered pan. So this crawfish etouffee is not just delicious, but traditional, too.

Bananas Foster Gelato

Back in the 1950s, bananas Foster was first created in New Orleans. Now the dish inspires all sorts of recipes, like this rich and creamy gelato.

Cajun Shrimp and Corn Bread Casserole

Shrimp and corn bread -- two Mardi Gras staples -- combine in this simple but delicious recipe. Black-eyed peas hold the dish together.

Cajun Fish Soup

Cool mango complements the spicy grilled Cajun fish and lime-flavored broth. This light soup can work as an appetizer or main dish.

Oysters Bienville

Oysters smothered in a white wine sauce chock-full of shrimp and mushrooms, then topped with Parmesan crumbs, makes this a rich treat. When buying fresh oysters, look for those with tightly closed shells and a fresh scent (not a strong fishy odor).

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

This jazzy gumbo is great for a celebration. A deep, coppery-brown roux and slices of okra are the secret to the dish's rich flavors.

Nutmeg Beignets

Grated nutmeg lends a bit of sweet spice to traditional (and delicious) beignets The powdered sugar is optional, but it adds even more sweetness to this indulgent treat.

Cajun Chicken Lasagna

Try this version of lasagna that's spiced up with Cajun style. The lasagna's seasoning, andouille sausage, and the combination of onion, celery, and sweet pepper give it a decidedly Cajun flair.

Cajun Chicken Burgers

This chicken burger recipe gets its flavor from chickpeas and Cajun seasoning. Use some of the chickpeas from a 15-ounce can for these burgers, then use the remaining chickpeas in the Potato-Chickpea Salad recipe.

Roast Pork Loin Stuffed with Andouille and Crawfish

Andouille (a hard smoked pork sausage) is mixed with crawfish for a decidedly Cajun twist on a stuffed pork roast. Andouille is used in many Cajun dishes. There are French and Creole versions of this sausage, with the Louisiana version being much spicier than its European cousin.

Creole Crab Cakes

These tasty crab- and mayonnaise-base appetizers get their kick from ground red pepper.

Doberge Cake

A sinfully rich dessert, the doberge (DO-bash) cake is a tall confection constructed of many thin layers of moist cake separated by creamy custard and iced with any number of different frostings. Ingenious New Orleans bakers took the famous European dobos torte and fashioned the New Orleans facsimile -- doberge cake.

Cafe Brulot

A stunning mixture of coffee, brandy, orange, and spices makes this drink a real treat.

Brulot means "burnt brandy" in French. Special fireproof brulot bowls were important tableware in fine New Orleans homes in the 1800s. For dramatic effect, the lights were dimmed before the mixture was flamed and the coffee added to it.

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