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Mardi Gras Foods

  • Mardi Gras Foods: 18 Cajun and Creole recipes for Fat Tuesday 1 of 19
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  • Milk Punch 2 of 19
    Milk Punch
    This creamy (and calcium-packed!) New Orleans drink can be made many different ways — try a kid-friendly milkshake or an adults-only bourbon punch.
    Make milk punch
  • Red Beans and Rice 3 of 19
    Red Beans and Rice
    This traditional New Orleans meal is affordable and flavorful — no wonder it’'s a Creole classic!
    Make red beans and rice
  • Shrimp and Grits 4 of 19
    Shrimp
    Think grits are just for breakfast? Think again! Make this savory, easy-to-make dish for a classic New Orleans supper.
    Make shrimp & grits 
  • Crushed Purple Potatoes 5 of 19
    Crushed Purple Potatoes
    The rich purple color makes these potatoes the perfect side for a Mardi Gras-themed dinner.
    Make crushed purple potatoes
  • Kale Chips 6 of 19
    Kale Chips
    Don’t forget the green! These kale chips are so crispy and delicious, kids will forget they’'re packed with nutrients.
    Make kale chips
  • Shrimp and Crab Quesadillas 7 of 19
    Shrimp and Crab Quesadillas
    Louisiana is shrimpin'’ country. Give your little ones a taste of fresh seafood with these kid-friendly shrimp and crab quesadillas.
    Make shrimp and crab quesadillas
  • Jambalaya 8 of 19
    Jambalaya
    This spicy Jambalaya recipe may be from California, but the Cajun flavor will transport your taste buds to Bayou country.
    Make jambalaya
  • Gold Chocolate Truffles 9 of 19
    Gold Chocolate Truffles
    Add some sparkle to your Mardi Gras bash with these golden chocolate truffles — a sweet reminder of the golden doubloons thrown at parades.
    Make gold chocolate truffles
  • Moon Pies 10 of 19
    Moon Pies
    It’s a little-known fact that packaged Moon Pies are one of the most coveted items thrown at Mardi Gras parades. Making your own from scratch is super easy, and the result is totally scrumptious.
    Make moon pies
  • Caramel Bourbon Peach Hand Pies 11 of 19
    Caramel Bourbon Peach Hand Pies
    If you can'’t make it all the way to Bourbon Street, try these yummy peach hand pies flavored with bourbon and caramel. They'’re a homemade version of the Hubig’s pies that New Orleanians have enjoyed for generations.
    Make caramel bourbon peach hand pies
  • King Cake 12 of 19
    King Cake
    You can'’t have a Mardi Gras celebration without King Cake. This colorful, cinnamon-laced sweet comes with a special trinket, usually a tiny baby, hidden inside. As tradition mandates, whoever gets it has to throw next year’'s party!
    Make King Cake
  • Tropical Hurricane 13 of 19
    Tropical Hurricane
    Originally named after the type of glass it was served in, this New Orleans favorite can be made sans alcohol for a hurricane of flavor that'’s perfect for kids.
    Make tropical hurricane
  • Pecan Pralines 14 of 19
    Pecan Pralines
    Sweeten any celebration with these delicious French-inspired confections made from brown sugar, butter and pecans.
    Make pecan pralines
  • Deep Fried Mini Mars Bars 15 of 19
    Deep Fried Mini Mars Bars
    Fat Tuesday only comes around once a year — go ahead and indulge in some deep-fried chocolate.
    Make deep fried Mini Mars Bars
  • Bananas Foster Crepes 16 of 19
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    Did you know bananas foster originated in New Orleans? We can't think of a better way to celebrate Fat Tuesday and satisfy your sweet tooth than with this crepe of perfection.
    Make bananas foster crepes
  • Muffuletta Sandwich 17 of 19
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    Celebrate Mardi Gras by sinking your teeth into this classic New Orleans sandwich! Layered with meat, cheese, and a spicy spread, it's sure to send your taste buds a-partying!
    Make a muffuletta sandwich
  • Red Beans and Rice Veggie Burger 18 of 19
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    This burger puts a spicy twist on one classic Fat Tuesday fare: red beans and rice. Whip up these sandwiches to celebrate Mardi Gras with a flavorful kick.
    Make red beans and rice veggie burger
  • Homemade Bite-size Beignets 19 of 19
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    Another classic Café du Monde' food, these powdered sugar-sprinkled beignets are a sweet way to eat like you're at Mardi Gras! Serve them right out of the oven and they'll melt in your mouth. We promise.
    Make homemade bite-size beignets
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