Mardi Gras Dinner

What's the perfect recipe for a dinner celebrating Mardi Gras? There are plenty of choices, but whatever you choose will likely include shrimp, sausage, onions, rice, or okra. Browse our collection of Mardi Gras dinner recipes.

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Jumpin' Jambalaya! 10 Mardi Gras Faves

Jambalaya, a hodgepodge of meat, seafood, and rice, is one of Louisiana's most iconic dishes. Though recipes vary widely, there are two versions basic versions: Creole jambalaya, which originated in New Orleans as a stand-in for Spanish paella, contains tomatoes, while Cajun jambalaya, which sprang up from settlers in the state's bayou country, does not. Don't fret if you don't know which one to choose--both versions are delicious.

Great Mardi Gras Recipes for Fat Tuesday

Try these appetizers, main dishes, drinks and more with Cajun and Creole flavors perfect for Mardi Gras celebrations with friends!

Bananas Foster for Mardi Gras: From Classic to...Cupcakes!

Like Mardi Gras itself, Bananas Foster is dazzling, fun and a little bit decadent. A dessert made of bananas, vanilla ice cream and a sweet, spicy-and-smoky sauce, the over-the-top treat is a New Orleans classic. Add to those tasty ingredients the fact that the dessert is often served flambe, and you can understand why Bananas Foster is better than a banana split -- kind of like how Mardi Gras is better than any other parade.

Small Bites, Big Flavors: 10 Bead-Worthy Mardi Gras Appetizers

Anyone who thinks Mardi Gras is just a chance to party doesn't know enough about the delicious food that's at the heart of this annual festival. New Orleans cuisine is the stuff of legend -- spicy jambalaya, blackened catfish, savory dirty rice. Really, what's not to love?

Great Gumbo Recipes for a Great Mardi Gras

You can have great spicy gumbo without Mardi Gras, but you can't really have Mardi Gras -- at least not in Louisiana -- without gumbo. In fact, this traditional stew is such a part of Mardi Gras culture that in southern Louisiana, the holiday includes men who go door to door "begging" for gumbo ingredients, a ritual known as Courir de Mardi Gras (Mardi Gras Run). When they've got everything they need, they cook enough gumbo for the whole community.

Royal Street Treat: Mardi Gras King's Cake Recipe

Mardi Gras is steeped in tradition, and while you may forgo the feathers and floats this year, if you're looking to add a touch of French Quarter authenticity to your celebration, then you can't do better than an old-fashioned King's Cake. It's one of those foods that comes with a long and deliciously tangled history. As legend has it, the cake dates far back to medieval Europe and the celebration of Epiphany (or the Twelfth Night of Christmas) at the beginning of January, which commemorates the biblical story of the three kings visiting the infant Jesus.

Mardi Gras for Kids! (And Grownups Who Have to Work the Next Day)

We admit it: this day and age, the idea of "kid-friendly" Mardi Gras seems about as nonsensical as busing the folks at your local retirement home down to a Lady Gaga concert. But that's only because Mardi Gras has devolved in the public imagination to a point where it's somehow synonymous with a Girls Gone Wild kind of thing. No, when we think of "girls gone wild" and Mardi Gras, we're thinking of a bunch of 6-year-olds shrieking as they dart around the house in face paint and kooky glasses.

Paula Deen's Gumbo

Smithfield

This gumbo has a delicious flavor and is an ideal comfort food.

Total: 2 hrs 25 mins

How to Make Cajun Seafood Gumbo

Learn how to make cajun seafood gumbo, and you've got a hearty, spicy dinner that's perfect for a chilly night. There's no need to save it for Mardi Gras!

Sweet and Spicy Catfish Sandwiches

Food & Wine

These fantastic sandwiches -- filled with moist, sweetly glazed catfish, a spicy sambal mayonnaise, crunchy cucumbers, and cilantro -- are usually made with marinated catfish and garlic butter. Skip marinating the fish (the honey glaze adds enough flavor) and rub the bread with a garlic clove.

Total: 45 mins

Creole Shrimp & Rice

Family Circle

A melting pot of traditions go into Creole dishes French, Spanish, African and Native American originating in the Louisiana Bayou.

Saucy Creole Pork Chops

Campbell's

Plain pork chops get saucy in this simple skillet dish that's on the table in less than 45 minutes...and the Creole flavors are delicious!

Total: 40 mins

Crawfish with Savannah Rice

Better Homes and Gardens

Tomato-infused rice perfectly complements the seafood in this Southern-style dinner recipe.

Total: 55 mins

Jambalaya

Better Homes and Gardens

Jambalaya is a classic dish made with shrimp, sausage, and plenty of seasonings. If you've never had it, try this simple recipe.

Sizzling Shrimp Scampi

Food & Wine

Scampi refers to shrimp that are split, brushed with garlicky butter and broiled. The recipe here calls for flavoring butter with lemon, garlic, parsley and thyme, then dotting it liberally on shrimp and roasting the shellfish until it sizzles.

Total: 30 mins

Roast-Beef Po'Boys

Taste of the South
Total: 10 hrs 20 mins

Chicken Etouffee

Better Homes and Gardens
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