Mardi Gras Recipes
Laissez les bon temps roullez! It’s Mardi Gras season and time to let the good times roll! If you’re not making the trip to N’awlins for colorful beads, parades and cocktails you can enjoy some of my favorite Mardi Gras recipes in the comfort of your home with these Cajun-inspired recipes.
Gumbo transports my taste buds to Mardi Gras with every bite. My take on gumbo starts with the traditional roux, a thickener made with equal parts fat and flour, and the holy trinity of Cajun and Creole cooking – onion, celery and green bell pepper.
Can we talk a minute about the glory of the Po’ Boy? Some genius decided to make a super sub sandwich with French bread. You know the stuff – crusty on the outside, soft and fluffy on the inside. Our friend genius filled that French bread with delectables like fried seafood, chicken, roast beef or, in this case, oysters. Throw in lettuce, tomato, pickles, onions and mayo and you’re in business.
Even though Shrimp & Grits originate from the Carolina Low Country, the dish has found a home in Cajun kitchens. Spicy, cheesy, and sometimes served with a brown gravy, there are as many variations on this delicious theme as you can imagine.
Bananas Foster is a dangerous dessert. It is wildly delicious and so easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy you’ll find yourself whipping it up every chance you get. The bananas you need to use before they go bad = Bananas Foster. The last banana left over from the week’s fruit smoothies = Bananas Foster.