12 Best Mardi Gras Recipes

Lawmakers in Lousiana made Mardi Gras a legal state holiday in 1875. Today, traditions include purple, gold and green beads to signify justice, power, and faith. The parade floats are usually a spectacle and central part of the celebration, but more important is the food. New Orleans is known for its cuisine and Mardi Gras brings out the best of the best in indulgence. 

12 Best Mardi Gras Recipes

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12 Best Mardi Gras Recipes

Get a taste of the Big Easy and do Fat Tuesday proud by celebrating with 12 of the Best Mardi Gras Recipes we have!

Mardi Gras has been celebrated since 1582 when Pope Gregory XIII added the event to the calendar, with the first New Orleans Mardi Gras parade being in 1837, but it was celebrated a little differently then.

Lawmakers in Lousiana made Mardi Gras a legal state holiday in 1875. Today, traditions include purple, gold and green beads to signify justice, power, and faith. The parade floats are usually a spectacle and central part of the celebration, but more important is the food. New Orleans is known for its cuisine and Mardi Gras brings out the best of the best in indulgence.

Enjoy the traditional recipes below that embody the celebration and “laissez les bons temps rouler!”

Roast Beef Po’ Boy with Debris Gravy

Roast Beef Po’ Boy with Debris Gravy

Roast Beef Po’ Boy with Debris Gravy//Photo by Lance Mellenbruch

Rich garlicky beef pan gravy with bits of falling-apart tender roast beef, affectionately known as debris (pronounced DAY-bree) in New Orleans, takes this classic Roast Beef Po’ Boy over the top. Click here to get the full recipe.

French Coffee & Beignet Ice Cream Sandwiches

French Coffee & Beignet Ice Cream Sandwiches

French Coffee & Beignet Ice Cream Sandwiches//Photo by Lance Mellenbruch

Imagine warm Café du Monde-style beignets topped with a mountain of delicate powdered sugar and rich French roast coffee, right in your own home. Now imagine those wonderful flavors paired together in a delicious ice cream sandwich! Click here to get the full recipe.

Muffuletta Sliders

Muffuletta Sliders

Muffuletta Sliders//Photo by Lance Mellenbruch

This bayou classic is a Mardi Gras favorite, perfect for an authentic Louisiana experience. This muffuletta is stuffed with cheese, three kinds of meat and a unique creole relish. Click here to get the full recipe.

Shrimp Po’ Boy with Cajun Slaw

Shrimp Po’Boy with Cajun Slaw

Shrimp Po’Boy with Cajun Slaw//Photo by Lance Mellenbruch

Nothing says Mardi Gras quite like a shrimp po’boy. For this classic po’boy, toss Gulf shrimp in Creole seasoning, pan-sear sizzling hot and delicious, and serve piled in warm French rolls topped with creamy-crunchy slaw spiked with a splash of cayenne pepper sauce. Click here to get the full recipe.

Bourbon Street Beignets

Bourbon Street Beignets

Bourbon Street Beignets//Photo by Lance Mellenbruch

Celebrate Fat Tuesday with the classic New Orleans breakfast of hot French doughnuts. Click here to get the full recipe.

Mardi Gras Gumbo

Mardi Gras Gumbo//Photo by Lance Mellenbruch

Hearty slow-simmered traditional gumbo served ladled over steamed white rice. Traditionally made with smoked ham, jumbo shrimp, okra, and just a hint of Cajun seasoning for that spicy kick. Click here to get the full recipe.

King Cake Twists

King Cake Twists

King Cake Twists//Photo by Lance Mellenbruch

Here’s a dessert fit for a king to carry around! Wrapped and shaped into a twist, this version of a King Cake Twists will have everyone eating out of your hands. Click here to get the full recipe.

Corned Beef and Irish Cheddar Sliders

Corned Beef and Irish Cheddar Sliders

Corned Beef and Irish Cheddar Sliders//Photo by Lance Mellenbruch

Delight your cajun crew with a platter of these mini sandwiches piled high with thin sliced corned beef, Irish Cheddar cheese and course-ground country mustard on soft bakery-style potato rolls. Click here to get the full recipe.

King Cake with Cream Cheese Cinnamon Filling

King Cake from Holly Clegg

King Cake from Holly Clegg

Hundreds of thousands of king cakes are consumed during Mardi Gras. Each color of the icing represents something: yellow equals power, green equals faith, and purple equals justice. Click here to get the full recipe.

Fried Oyster Po’ Boy with Remoulade Sauce

Fried Oyster Po’ Boy with Remoulade Sauce

Fried Oyster Po’ Boy with Remoulade Sauce//Photo by Lance Mellenbruch

The ultimate po’boy! This indulgent sandwich features rich juicy oysters deep fried golden and delicious. They’re then piled in soft warm French rolls with creamy Remoulade sauce and crisp lettuce served with fresh lemon wedges and a shake of Crystal Hot Sauce. Click here to get the full recipe.

French Quarter Coffee and Chicory

French Quarter Coffee and Chicory

French Quarter Coffee and Chicory//Photo by Lance Mellenbruch

The locals take their coffee very seriously in the Big Easy, and this is their morning beverage of choice. Click here to get the full recipe.

Caramel Pralines

Caramel Pralines//Photo by Lance Mellenbruch

As Mardi Gras approaches, you’ll want to have a southern Louisiana favorite on hand. These rich and addictive candies are easy to make and over time you will develop just the right touch. Click here to get the full recipe.

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