Mardi Gras Appetizers

Crab cakes, fritters, shrimp cocktails -- the choices for Mardi Gras appetizers are almost limitless. Plan your Mardi Gras party with a few appetizer recipes from our collection.

Chili Nut Honey with Cheese

Better Homes and Gardens

Toasted walnuts, honey, hot red pepper, and soft aromatic cheese blend seamlessly in this spicy and savory appetizer spread.

New Orleans Beignets for 48

Better Homes and Gardens

The traditional French fritter or beignet is a puffy, deep-fried doughnutlike pastry. Mixing the dough is easy with the help of your bread machine.

Muffaletta Spread

Family Circle

The sandwich filling that originated in New Orleans transforms itself into a tasty spread perfect for a quick, no-fuss snack and starter.

Total: 20 mins

Bunuelos

Better Homes and Gardens

In Mexico, these fritters are often served at Christmas. Some sprinkle them with cinnamon sugar while others prefer them with a drizzle of cinnamon syrup.

Flamin' Cajun Riblets

Better Homes and Gardens

Pecan Cheese Logs

Family Circle

Include make-ahead appetizers such as these cheddar cheese logs in your party menu. Green chiles and cayenne pepper give a Tex-Mex style to the spread.

Cheese, Pears, and Mustard-Laced Apple Butter

Better Homes and Gardens

Cheese, fruit, and a homemade spread make a quick but elegant appetizer. Serve with assorted breads and crackers.

Cheese and Herb Mini Sweet Peppers

Better Homes and Gardens

These colorful stuffed peppers will brighten up your appetizer tray.

Chipotle-Sauced Crab Cakes

Better Homes and Gardens

The smoky flavor of chipotle chile peppers gives the stir-together sauce gusto that complements the subtly seasoned crab cakes. To tame the spiciness of the sauce, remove the seeds from the pepper before you add it.

Total: 30 mins

Slow-Cooker Pizza Dip

Family Circle

Who doesn't love pizza? This warm, cheesy slow cooker dip will be a hit at your next potluck.

Company-Pleasing Crab Cakes

Midwest Living

A bed of stewed black beans and a pineapple salsa topper give these fried crab cakes extra zest. Serve as an appetizer or a lunch entree.

Praline-Crowned Brie

Midwest Living

Brown sugar and pecans add sweetness and crunch to Brie. Serve the warm cheese on an appetizer buffet with unsalted crackers or grapes and apples.

Creole Turkey Meatballs

Diabetic Living

For a diabetic main dish that's hearty and full of flavor, combine ground turkey breast, fat-free milk, and oats to make these appetizer or main dish meatballs.

Bourbon-Pecan Pate

Better Homes and Gardens

Celebrate Mardi Gras with this contemporary pate that combines French techniques with southern tastes.

Feta, Honey & Date Spread

Better Homes and Gardens
Total: 20 mins

Zucchini Crab Cakes

Better Homes and Gardens
Mardi Gras Appetizers  Recipes: Take your pick!
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