Mardi Gras, also known as Fat Tuesday, is the day before the beginning of Lent. Get ready for 40 days of fasting, moderation and giving up your guilty pleasures by pigging out on these delicious foods. Your Mardi Gras celebration this year will be the best one yet! To find the recipes, click on the green hyperlinks in each description.
New Orleans Beignets
If you've ever been to New Orleans you've probably been lucky enough to sink your teeth into this delicious treat. But if you haven't, you can still get this famous donut with the help of this recipe. After all, the beignet is the doughnut of Louisiana. Find the recipe here.
Chicken And Sausage Gumbo
There are many different combinations of this famous soup. This Louisiana favorite uses all the popular ingredients plus sausage and chicken for added flavor. Find the recipe here.
John’s Creole Red Beans
Red beans are definitely needed in your Mardi Gras meal. This dish combines a hearty bowl of red beans with pork sausage. You could also use chicken sausage or turkey for a lighter substitution. Find the recipe here.
Spicy Remoulade Sauce
This spicy sauce goes well with just about anything, but we suggest trying it over a shrimp po' boy. It's easy to make and it's safe to say you won't be eating shrimp without it ever again. Find the recipe here.
Crawfish Étouffée is a must for your Mardi Gras party. The hearty meal combines peppers, onions, numerous spices, crawfish tails and rice. This dish will definitely win your guests over. Find the recipe here.
Cajun Corn Maque Choux
This corn dish only has three ingredients and is easy to throw together. It'll pair perfectly with your Mardi Gras feast. Find the recipe here.
Cajun Chicken Pasta
If your family is a pasta family, this Mardi Gras dish is for you. This Cajun-spiced chicken is combined with veggies and a white sauce for a delicious meal. Find the recipe here.
Shrimp And Okra Hush Puppies
Like many of these other popular dishes, hush puppies are a must-have this Mardi Gras. These cornbread bites are filled with shrimp and okra for a unique variation. Find the recipe here.
We're drooling over this baked cajun catfish. Paired with hush puppies and coleslaw, you have the perfect meal. Plus, you'll save a few calories by baking the catfish instead of frying it. Find the recipe here.
Crab And Shrimp Étouffée
This meal is Cajun comfort food at its best. You can use crawfish, crab, shrimp or a combination of all three for the best flavor. Cooked in a light gravy and served over rice, this dish is a must for Mardi Gras. Find the recipe here.
Traditional King Cake
King cake has a strong tradition in the Mardi Gras celebration. This coffee cake-like treat is as delicious as it is rich in tradition. You might even find the king. Find the recipe here.
This Chicken-Andouille Gumbo is the perfect warm dish to make this Mardi Gras. The spices and hearty meats will warm your body and leave your tastebuds wanting more. Find this gumbo recipe here.
Warm Gumbo Dip
Yes, you read that right. Gumbo dip! It's thick, full of flavor and perfect with bread or chips. This is a must-make appetizer for your Mardi Gras celebration. Find the recipe here.
Gumbo Gravy Over Stone-Ground Grits
This recipe uses browned flour to make a reduced fat gravy and the slow cooker makes the grits extra creamy without any added butter or cheese. With all those calories saved, you can eat a little more sausage. Find the recipe here.
Red Beans And Rice Veggie Burgers
For the vegetarians in your life this Mardi Gras, try making these veggie burgers. They combine all your Louisiana favorites into one burger patty for a delicious meal. Find the recipe here.
Best Ever Seafood Gumbo
If the name has the words "best ever" in it, you know it must be good. Although the list of ingredients is lengthy, the numerous flavors are definitely worth it. Find the recipe here.
Creole Fried Rices
This Creole Fried Rice combines all of the best ingredients. From sausage and chicken to onions and Creole seasoning, this fried rice is definitely one to try. Find the recipe here.
Bayou Fried Shrimp
We're warning you now, this shrimp may just be the best you've ever had. The shrimp is coated in a flavorful breading and a mixture of Cajun spices before fried for the best combination of flavors. Find the recipe here.
Crab-Stuffed Catfish Fillets
These catfish fillets are filled with crab meat to make them even more delicious. They're then served with grits and topped with Cajun Remoulade. Yum! Find the recipe here.