Crawfish (or crayfish) are delicious crustaceans that resemble small lobsters and find their way into recipes for gumbo and etouffees, just in time for Mardi Gras dinner. Check out our crawfish recipe collection for plenty of choices for a Mardi Gras dinner.See Popular Crawfish Recipes
Tomato-infused rice perfectly complements the seafood in this Southern-style dinner recipe.
Jambalaya (jam-ba-LIE-ya) is a hearty Cajun rice dish that may include a variety of meats and fish. For this one, choose either crawfish or shrimp.
Cajuns call it Crab Boil, but crawfish play a role as well, simmered with potatoes and corn on the cob. For fun and for easy cleanup, serve this the traditional way, on newspapers.
Plenty of garlic gives this quick and easy crawfish and rice recipe a burst of flavor.
Andouille is a smoked pork sausage that provides rich flavor to the stuffing. Crawfish adds flavor to this diabetic-friendly Cajun main dish.
Like the best actors, baked potatoes are versatile enough to fill almost any role, at mealtime, that is. They make a great main dish or side, they taste terrific with nothing but butter toppings such as sour cream and chives, and -- last but not least -- they satisfy both vegetarian and meat-lover (although skip the bacon bits in the former case). We like to let baked potatoes star at the centerpiece of a meal.
In Cajun country, catfish is king. And as we gear up to celebrate Mardi Gras (or Fat Tuesday), we take our own bow to the catfish that folks from Louisiana know how to cook to perfection. Pan-fried or baked, catfish has a mild flavor that marries well with spices like paprika and cayenne pepper, and a dash of hot-pepper sauce.
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.
Try these appetizers, main dishes, drinks and more with Cajun and Creole flavors perfect for Mardi Gras celebrations with friends!
Looking for a little va-va-va-voom this Valentine's Day? Time to get cooking with these Cajun and Creole creations.
If you could eat your way through one city, which would it be? We posed this question to our food-loving Facebook friends, and got hundreds of responses, from fans of Santa Fe, New Mexico, to partisans of Palermo, Sicily. Just thinking about spicy dishes of "red or green" chile sauce (especially from Cafe Pasqual's), or of wandering around Palermo's open-air markets, makes us want to start booking flights.