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Mardi Gras Recipes

Delicious Cajun, Creole, and French Dishes


Mardi Gras celebrations are plentiful right now, and revelers are gearing up for the biggest, wildest celebration in the whole Mardi Gras season: the five-day weekend right before Fat Tuesday. Try these easy, elegant Cajun and Creole recipes for your own party, and let the good times roll!

King Cake Recipe

Martin Rottler
This king cake recipe is based on the original variation of the sweet, yeast-risen cake filled with cream cheese custard typically served at Mardi Gras celebrations. The colorful cake is always sprinkled with yellow (or gold, symbolizing power), green (faith), and purple (justice) sugar or frosting.

Chicken Sausage Gumbo Recipe

Rebecca Franklin
From the mansions of the Garden District to tiny clapboard cottages on the bayou, gumbo, a local version of French bouillabaisse, has graced every proud Louisianan table.

Oyster Fritters Recipe

Hajime Nakano
This oyster fritters recipe is limited to locations where fresh oysters are available, but what a treat it is! Naturally salty oyster meat is coated with a savory sparkling wine batter and deep-fried until it turns hot and crispy.

Red Pepper Gougeres Recipe

Bitten Word
Gougeres are delicate, miniature cheese puffs. This version is flecked with bits of red bell pepper, a classic staple of New Orleans-style food.

Cognac Shrimp with Beurre Blanc Sauce Recipe

Lars Gundersen
This easy shrimp main dish is quick and easy to prepare. The beurre blanc sauce is an elegant French touch that lifts the flavors from ordinary meal to extraordinary party dish.

Fish with Toasted Pecan Butter Sauce Recipe

Ben Stephenson
This fish in toasted pecan butter sauce recipe takes the homey flavors of a backcountry Cajun fish fry and merges them with the elegant nuances of a New Orleans restaurant. Pureed toasted pecans add incredible depth and silky texture to a garlic and hot pepper-infused butter sauce.

Oyster Soup Recipe

Aaron Gustafson
Make the most of fresh Gulf Coast ingredients! This pureed soup is a wonderful starter course served with crusty hard rolls or as a light lunch accompanied by greens and a fruit salad.

Banana Tarte Tatin Recipe

Flickr user "dizznbonn"
Bananas are easy to find year-round, and are reminiscent of the warm, sweet air of the Gulf Coast. Add a drizzle of rum sauce to this quick, flaky pastry for a little bit of Mardi Gras heaven.

Grand Marnier Truffles Recipe

Rebecca Franklin
Rich chocolate truffles are enlivened with a bit of Grand Marnier and orange zest in this delicious recipe. The result is pure New Orleans.

Cafe Brulot Recipe

Flickr User "one2c900d"
This delicious spiced cafe brulot recipe is straight from the heart of the Cajun and Creole cuisine of New Orleans. Prepared tableside in local restaurants with equal parts grace and theater, the coffee features flambéed brandy, citrus peel and spices, mixed with hot coffee.

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