Fat Tuesday is tomorrow, but people even as far north as Jackson have been celebrating for weeks. Store windows have green, yellow, and purple displayed next to their Valentine’s decorations. I know I have eaten at least three king cakes in the last three weeks.
The Husband and I have done Mardi Gras in New Orleans once. It was a fun experience, albeit an interesting one (Right now I’m having flashbacks of a conversation we had with a female Muslim taxi driver that resulted in TMI). I am glad I can say that I have marked that off my bucket list, but I don’t particularly want to ever do it again. Does that mean I’m old?
Ah well, whether you are old like me or just too far away from The Big Easy, don’t let that stop you from celebrating. Here are a few of my favorite Louisiana-style dishes that will bring the taste of New Orleans to you.
And now for some link love! These are a few of my favorite Mardi Gras recipes from around the web:
- Easy Mini King Cakes for Mardi Gras from Electic Recipes. You can’t have a Mardi Gras lineup without a king cake. I love that these are mini, so you don’t have to feel as guilty for eating a whole one.
- Pecan Pralines from Laura’s Sweet Spot. Pralines are pure sugar (so you might not want to feed them to your overactive toddler), but they are OH SO YUMMY!
- Shrimp Po’ Boys by Bev Cooks. Not only to her finished sandwiches look yummy, but she has managed to make a photo of raw shrimp look beautiful. That takes talent!
- Hurricanes from Tide & Thyme. This is the drink New Orleans is famous for. It’s one of those yummy, fruity drinks where you don’t taste the liquor, so you have five. In a row. Then several hours later you wake up and don’t remember what happened.
- Shrimp Etouffée – guest post by Give Me Flour via Turntable Kitchen. Etouffée is delicious on its one, but her photos are just stunning.