Mardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday: a day of decadence for those who are going to abstain from certain foods and alcohol during Lent which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Easter. Yet, many who don’t observe Lent still like to party on Fat Tuesday or at least sample Mardi Gras-style foods. I have 3 spectacular Mardi Gras recipes that will make you feel like you’re in the French Quarter of New Orleans. So grab those colorful beads and a glittery mask and get ready to celebrate Mardi Gras with Recess.
Slow Cooker Jambalaya
What’s great about this recipe is that it’s super easy and can be made early in the day so you don’t have to spend a lot of time preparing dinner later. It’s also ideal for those who are having a Mardi Gras-themed party since the jambalaya will stay nice and warm in the slow cooker throughout the evening.
1 lb of diced boneless skinless chicken breast
1 lb of diced Andouille sausage
1 white onion, white, peeled and minced
1 green bell pepper, diced fine (no seeds)
2 celery stalks, diced fine including leaves
1 14oz can of diced tomatoes
1 14oz can of chicken broth
1½ cups of brown rice
2 Tbsp of Tabasco or Louisiana hot sauce
1 tsp each of oregano, basil, and thyme
1 tsp each of garlic and onion powder
1 tsp each of chili powder and paprika
2 Tbsp of Worcestershire sauce
Place all ingredients in slow cooker.
Add three cups of water.
Cook on high for at least six hours.
Serve with rice.
Man Catchin’ Beignets
If you’ve seen Disney’s The Princess and the Frog, you’ll know exactly where I got the inspiration for my Man Catchin’ Beignets! Making these delicious treats into a reality was fun, especially for my girls who enjoyed them on Valentine’s Day (that’s why the dipping sauce is pink!). Since beignets are such a staple in New Orleans, I thought they’d be perfect as a Mardi Gras dessert.
Cafe du Monde Beignet Mixture (I found it at Cost Plus World Market)
Follow directions on the beignet mixture box to make dough.
Roll dough out onto a floured surface.
Use a cookie (or pizza) cutter to cut dough into squares.
Fry squares in hot oil (around 380°) until golden brown on both sides.
Remove from oil and cool.
Sprinkle with powered sugar and enjoy!
If you’d like to make the dipping sauce, check out the full recipe on my site at tonispilsbury.com.
The Hurricane Cocktail
The Hurricane became popular after it was created by a New Orleans tavern owner back in the 1940’s. This yummy twist on the traditional Daiquiri is a fitting cocktail to include in your Mardi Gras celebration. You can even create a kid-friendly version so your children can celebrate Mardi Gras along with you!
2 oz light rum
2 oz dark rum
2 oz passion fruit juice
1 oz orange juice
½ oz fresh lime juice
1 Tbsp simple syrup
1 Tbsp grenadine
Cherries and orange slices (for garnish)
Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker and shake well.
Strain into a hurricane glass (if you don’t have one, just use a tall glass).
Garnish with a cherry and an orange slice.
For a kid-friendly Hurricane cocktail, here’s a delicious recipe on Yahoo.
Now for some Mardi Gras Mambo!