15 Louisiana-Inspired Recipes for the Ultimate Mardi Gras Menu Slideshow
February 24, 2017
Even if you can’t make it to New Orleans, eat like you’re there with these indulgent dishes
15 Louisiana-Inspired Recipes for the Ultimate Mardi Gras Menu
Even if you can’t head down to New Orleans this Mardi Gras, you can still have a feast fit for a king. To craft the perfect Louisiana-inspired menu, we reached out to our Culinary Content Network of food bloggers for their favorite Mardi Gras recipes.
Blackened Shrimp with Gouda Grits
Eat, Drink, and Save Money is all about a simple shrimp and grits, a true Southern staple. Using fresh shrimp and quality white grits, this basic recipe gets extra layers of salty, creamy flavors thanks to bacon, gouda, and plenty of peppers and onions.
Cajun Fish with Pecan Butter and Browned Butter
No NOLA menu would be complete without some pan-fried Cajun-style fish, would it? This Is How I Cook has a traditional spicy Cajun whitefish, which is sweetened up by another Southern staple, pecans, giving this dish sweet, salty, and spicy flavors. Basically, it’s everything you could ever want.
Classic New Orleans Beignets
One of the true culinary highlights of New Orleans is the beignet. The Redhead Baker keeps her recipe authentic — and true to form, these pastries need to be served fresh and hot. These fried, doughy choux pastries are fluffy, sweet, and the perfect indulgence for breakfast.
Louisiana supplies 95 percent of the crawfish harvested in the U.S., so this crustacean is everywhere in NOLA. The Hungary Buddha’s étouffée has a traditional celery and onion broth base, and with Cajun seasoning and plenty of full crawfish, this dish is 100 percent Louisiana.
There’s no reason to buy premade seasonings when making your own takes just five minutes, as The Hill Hangout proves with her Creole seasoning. This spice blend provides the zesty punch that will give your jambalaya, rice and beans, catfish, or po’boy that signature Louisiana flavor.
Grilled Cajun Alligator with Comeback Sauce
Don’t be afraid to take inspiration from the bayou, and grill up some mild, tender alligator. Girls Can Grill adds plenty of heat to her Cajun alligator and kicking comeback sauce, so this dish really has all the flavors of the South in your mouth.
Mardi Gras King Cake
New Orleans may be best known for its French and Cajun influences, but Italian immigrants invented this massive sandwich, which Recipes I Live By recreates perfectly. Hollowed out focaccia bread houses layers of deli meats, cheeses, and a salty olive tapenade, creating a massive, indulgent lunch.
New Orleans BBQ Clams
Not every city has shrimp out the wazoo like New Orleans does. If you live in more of a clam town, Coley Cooks has you covered with this seafood dish that she says “combines the saucy spice of New Orleans with the salty sass of Atlantic City.” Oh, and there’s tons of butter, so you know it’s good.
“Dump and Stir.” That’s A Mind Full Mom’s method for this one-pot jambalaya. Though the South is all about traditions, this easy stew takes those traditional, meaty jambalaya flavors and launches them into the twenty-first century with the addition of quinoa.
Shrimp & Armagnac Bisque
According to Mission: Food, this New Orleans bisque is “a little spicy, a lot aromatic, and truly exquisite.” Head-on shrimp are stewed together with brandy, tarragon, thyme and a big dash of tabasco for an enrichening soup experience.
Shrimp & Sausage Gumbo
With shell-on seafood and spicy Cajun seasoning, you don’t need more than half an hour to whip up a bold and filling gumbo. A Calculated Whisk proves it with this easy-to-follow gumbo recipe, served alongside traditional white rice.
Skillet Cajun Chicken with Red Beans and Rice
Classic NOLA red beans and rice are given the main dish treatment thanks to the addition of crispy Cajun chicken thighs in No Spoon Necessary’s recipe. With a little heat and a lot of rich, classic flavors, this dish is a one-pot wonder.