Mardi Gras Recipes - Round Up
Mardi Gras festivities are upon us. It’s the time of year when putting your hair up and downing a cocktail are encouraged. Even if you can’t make it out to New Orleans this year, you can still celebrate your Fat Tuesday at home with Mardi Gras recipes.
Fat Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday, Carnival and Mardi Gras are celebrations on the last day before the Lent season begins. It’s a day of feasting and fun to prepare for the restraint of the season. No wonder that rich and decadent foods are a main feature on event tables. We’ve gathered some of our favorite Mardi Gras recipes for those foods below.
Beignets are deep-fried delicacies straight from the French Quarter. These fritters are a great breakfast, dessert or a snack-time treat. They were declared the state doughnut of Louisiana in 1986. So, featuring them at a Mardi Gras party is a must. Serve with caramelized fruits, delicious syrups and enough powdered sugar to last through Lent.
King Cake is the ultimate Mardi Gras dessert. The name of the cake comes from the kings who visited Christ on the Epiphany. The three colors on the cake are in honor of the kings: purple for justice, green for faith and gold for power. This recipe does not feature a baby to place inside (as some traditions include), but you can add one. Originally, the baby was placed into the cake to symbolize baby Jesus. Today, the baby symbolizes luck and prosperity to whoever finds it in his/her slice of cake. In some traditions, the finder of the baby is designated “king” or “queen” for the evening. That person is also responsible for purchasing next year’s cake, or for throwing the next Mardi Gras party.
What’s more Southern than bourbon and pecans? This cake is a subtle way of hinting at the season without the loud colors or decorations. Bourbon was the libation that inspired “Bourbon Street” in New Orleans. The street has gone from a residential area in the 1800s to the hospitality sector we all know now. Bourbon Street comes alive at night with live music, great cocktails and interesting people.
Laissez les bons temps rouler, or let the good times roll, this Mardi Gras in your kitchen!