It’s Carnival Season in the bayou and we’ve compiled our seven favorite Mardi Gras recipes to help you celebrate.
Mardi Gras is French for "Fat Tuesday.” In some cultures, pancakes are traditionally eaten on Fat Tuesday. Our Buttermilk Pancakes with Everything would be the perfect Fat Tuesday indulgence. Whether you eat pancakes plain or with blueberries, pecans, chocolate chips or pistachios, you’ll find a way to make this recipe your own. Go ahead and treat yourself, it’s Mardi Gras after all.
Slow Cooker Jambalaya
You can recreate this New Orleans favorite at home in your slow cooker, making a seemingly complicated meal come together in just a few easy steps. Our Slow Cooker Jambalaya combines shrimp, andouille sausage, chicken thighs and rice with an array of spices to make this hearty, Creole classic.
King Cake is a braided and iced cinnamon-roll style dough ring often associated with Mardi Gras and Carnival celebrations in New Orleans. Traditionally, the cakes are glazed and then dusted with bright, colorful sugar in yellow, green and purple, said to stand for power, justice and faith, respectively. The cake is often adorned with a small plastic baby said to bring good luck to whomever is served the charm in their slice of cake. Make this festive Mardi Gras King Cake and buy decorations to match for your Mardi Gras party.
Fried Okra with Spicy Dipping Sauce
Okra is a staple ingredient of southern cuisine. In the South, “okra” is synonymous with “fried okra.” Fried okra is an absolute treat, especially when spiced and served with a delicious dipping sauce, but there are many other ways to enjoy okra. Okra can be roasted, added to stews and curries, pickled, and added to a Cajun classic, gumbo. This Fried Okra with Spicy Dipping Sauce is a crowd-pleasing appetizer for any Mardi Gras gathering.
Slow Cooker Cajun Gumbo
This Mardi Gras recipe is packed with meat, vegetables, and seafood and comes together with the help of you Hamilton Beach® slow cooker and rice cooker. Not only is our slow cooker cajun gumbo a staple stew of the bayou, it’s also a classic southern comfort food dish you can serve throughout the winter.
New Orleans Muffuletta Dip
If you’ve ever travelled to New Orleans or are familiar with bayou cuisine, you may have tried a muffuletta sandwich. It combines Italian deli meats and cheeses with olive tapenade to create a layered sandwich unlike any other. We transformed this quintessential New Orleans sammie into a slow cooker dip for easy enjoyment at any mardi gras celebration. It's the perfect appetizer to serve to your krewe!
Café au Lait Mini Cakes
Café au Lait mini cakes are loaded with New Orleans’s famous Café Du Monde coffee and chicory and filled with vanilla buttercream. These cakes are like little tastes of a New Orleans morning, bursting with the flavors of coffee and cream. Eating one would be a peaceful way to begin a Carnival day or to wind down after Mardi Gras festivities. However, if the mood strikes you, go ahead and decorate them with a glaze and colored sugars just as you would a King Cake.