It wouldn’t be Mardi Gras without a feast of Cajun dishes and king cake, of course! But, luckily for you, you don’t have to travel to New Orleans to have fun. In fact, anyone can celebrate Mardi Gras from the comfort of their own home. All you need are gold, green, and purple decorations, a few classic cocktails, and this list of traditional Mardi Gras foods. Whether it’s okra, jambalaya or donuts, these classic Mardi Gras recipes will have you feeling like you’re on the Big Easy in no time.
What is Mardi Gras, you might ask? Mardi Gras, also known as Fat Tuesday, takes place at the end of Carnival season and just before your Easter dinner countdown. It’s the last holiday before many people give up certain foods for Lent, so it’s tradition to go all out with gourmet dishes. Here, you’ll find an over-the-top muffuletta sandwich, shrimp recipes loaded with Creole seasoning, and plenty of Southern comfort food. If you’re looking to get creative with your Mardi Gras dishes, try Ree Drummond’s twist on Cajun pasta with veggies or try the spritz cookies that look like mini cakes. And while Mardi Gras falls on March 1 this year, you can also enjoy these delicious New Orleans-inspired dishes for your family dinners all year round.