Mardi Gras Recipes

Find Mardi Gras King Cake and recipes for classic Cajun and Creole favorites like gumbo, jambalaya, hurricanes, and more!

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Mardi Gras King Cake

Rating: 4.5 stars 395
Mardi Gras isn't complete without a sweet and colorful king cake, filled with cinnamon, sugar, pecans, and maybe even a plastic baby.
By Allrecipes Member

Baked Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

Rating: 5 stars 10
Gumbo doesn't have to be hard! Instead of slowly cooking and stirring a roux for what seems like forever, try this alternative baked method. It's not a shortcut per se, but cooking it in the oven will save you from having to stand over the stove for hours. Serve hot with a spoonful of white rice.

Air Fryer Beignets

Rating: 3.5 stars 19
These beignets take on a wholesome aspect as they're cooked in an air fryer. You will need a silicone egg-bite mold, available through retailers like Amazon®.

Crab Stuffed Flounder

Rating: 4.5 stars 424
This is an easy recipe that my children have enjoyed. They're not big fish eaters either!
By DThomRN2

Real N'awlins Muffuletta

Rating: 5 stars 216
These gigantic sandwiches were invented a century ago at Sicilian Deli here in New Orleans. The spicy, tangy olive salad is what really sets this meat and cheese sandwich apart. A genuine muffuletta should be made on oven-fresh Italian bread topped with sesame seeds. Be sure and use the highest-quality ingredients available; it really makes a difference! Since you're going to all the trouble of making the olive salad, consider doubling the recipe so you'll have some extra waiting around for when you get another muffuletta craving -- it keeps for at least a month! Note: Use round bread loaves for real muffuletta.

Easy Red Beans and Rice

Rating: 4.5 stars 558
This is an easy and delicious take on a Louisiana classic that you can prepare and cook in 40 minutes! I use turkey kielbasa to cut down on the fat, but not the flavor. Season with hot pepper sauce if you like.
By Paula

Instant Pot® Jambalaya with Shrimp and Chicken

Rating: 5 stars 18
This easy jambalaya is made all in one pot--your Instant Pot®! Heat lovers can double the hot pepper sauce to give it an extra kick. Serve over white rice.

Crawfish Fettuccine II

Rating: 4.5 stars 21
This recipe is great for 'creamy pasta' lovers. Fettuccine noodles can easily be substituted with angel hair pasta.
By Jessica

Bananas Foster

Rating: 5 stars 1105
Elegant and quick dessert of sweet bananas cooked in a buttery rum sauce.

Sazerac Cocktail

Rating: 5 stars 4
There's a lot to love about this classic whiskey and bitters beverage. The official drink of New Orleans, the Sazerac is every bit as aromatic and flavorful as most anything else from down on the bayou.

Firecracker Shrimp Roll with Crab Aioli

Rating: 5 stars 9
Inspired by a shrimp po'boy with crab mayo seen on 'Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,' I decided to do an extra spicy version and give it a 4th of July-friendly name. The result is an explosively flavored combination of hot, crunchy shrimp and cold crabby mayo. This was one of the best things I've had in a long time, and that's after eating it barely warm; for best results, though, be sure to enjoy this just as soon as it's safe to eat, in all its crunchy glory.

Inspiration and Ideas

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Good New Orleans Creole Gumbo
Rating: 5 stars 1153

This authentic Creole Gumbo from New Orleans starts out with a slow cooked roux.Traditional gumbo file powder is used to flavor shrimp, crabmeat, and andouille sausage.