Mardi Gras is just around the corner, so we’ve rounded up some classic Mardi Gras recipes you MUST make this season. From jambalaya to the very best king cake, to cocktails and more, this round up includes eighteen stunning, authentic and delicious recipes for Carnival-related festivities.
Laissez les bons temps rouler!
With Fat Tuesday just around the corner, it’s time to talk about classic Mardi Gras CUISINE!
Let me tell you about my Mardi Gras experience
I attended college in South Louisiana and immediately fell in love with the culture, the food and the people. I attended my first Mardi Gras with sorority sisters, one of whom is from the New Orleans area and brought us home to her family to experience the festivities she knew and loved.
It was unlike anything I’d ever seen, and quite honestly, it was a lot different than the depictions you see and hear.
How? Well, none of us drank until we were sick. No one got arrested. No flashing was involved, either. Yet we still caught a lot of beads, and we made costumes on Monday to wear for Fat Tuesday–snowflakes since it snowed on Christmas Day in New Orleans. (If you’re interested in learning more about Mardi Gras in New Orleans, this is a good read.)
I look forward to the day when we can introduce our daughters to various Mardi Gras festivities, be it in New Orleans or in Winston’s hometown.
But for now, we’re going to make all the Cajun and Creole dishes we know and love to celebrate at home with the girls.
How to recreate the Mardi Gras experience at home
In our family, we recreate the Mardi Gras experience at home with food and stories.
One of the stand-out foods from my first Mardi Gras experience was king cakes. My friend’s family had TONS of them in their house, and we legitimately ate them at all hours, testing out the different flavors and bakeries from around town.
Turns out, they’re all pretty darn good, but king cakes are hard to come by if you don’t live in South Louisiana… which is why I learned how to make my own years ago.
Just remember: Mardi Gras is a time to be spent with friends and family. You’re supposed to have fun. The food should reflect this and not be a burden to make.
What recipes should I cook during Mardi Gras and Fat Tuesday?
It depends on your tastebuds, but if you’re looking for a solid recipe that tastes like the authentic ones do in South Louisiana, you’ve come to the right place.
Here are some of our favorite recipes to make during Mardi Gras season. If you haven’t tried them out before, you absolutely should this year!
Mardi Gras Entrees
Covering classics like jambalaya, gumbo, red beans and rice and more, these Mardi Gras dinner recipes are PERFECT for serving your family or a crowd. Choose whichever one fits your tastebuds best!
Mardi Gras Sweet Treats + Desserts
We've got classic Mardi Gras desserts, like King Cake, and some twists on classics. I've included some New Orleans specialities, like beignets and bananas foster, too, to add some flair to your Canival gathering.
Mardi Gras Drinks + Libations
It wouldn't be Mardi Gras without a fantastic sipper! Below, I've gathering some of our favorite New Orleans drinks that are made from fresh ingredients. While they aren't something you'd normally order at a bar in NOLA to bring with you on the go, they certainly are delicious for enjoying at home!
What will you be cooking, baking and drinking this Mardi Gras?
This Mardi Gras recipe round-up was originally published on January 2, 2018. The text of this blog post was updated on February 19, 2020.