What is Fat Tuesday?


You’ve likely seen Mardi Gras celebrations, with masks and parades and shiny beads being tossed amongst a crowd full of revelers. It’s the ultimate carnal celebration. Costumes, dancing, half-naked women. And rightly so, because Mardi Gras–literally translated becomes Fat Tuesday, a day of feasting, indulging, and party going before the first day of the Lenten season–Ash Wednesday-begins. During Lent, practicing Catholics are invited to relinquish their vices in a show of sacrifice, dedication, and faith.

To get in on the Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras fun, why not whip up a batch of New Orlean’s Gumbo tonight? Zatarain’s has a simple recipe for Creole Gumbo that takes just 10 minutes to prepare and an hour to cook, so you could be celebrating in no time at all with a delicious, traditional dish.

Zatarains Creole Gumbo

6 cups water
1 package ZATARAIN’S® Gumbo Base
2 tablespoons oil
2 pounds shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 pound smoked sausage, cut into 1-inch cubes
ZATARAIN’S® Gumbo Filé (optional)

1. Bring water, Gumbo Base and oil to boil in large saucepot on medium heat, stirring to dissolve any lumps. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
2. Stir in shrimp and sausage; cover. Simmer additional 30 minutes.
3. Serve over rice and sprinkle with Gumbo Filé, if desired.